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Album Review

The Joy Formidable – Hitch

The Joy Formidable - Hitch

Epic, souring indie rock from the top of the pile.

Label: C’Mon Lets Drift
Released: 25th March 2016

Rating: ★★★★

It’s good for a band to have a ‘thing’. Even better if that thing is the quality of their musical output. That’s where The Joy Formidable have it nailed.

Their third album ‘Hitch’ may have been over three years in the waiting, but their bar for top drawer epic indie rock hasn’t lowered one bit. That trademark sound that made them a force remains as strong as ever.

‘Radio Of Lips’ sees Ritzy Bryan’s instantly recognisable vocal rides high on soaring guitar lines, while ‘The Last Thing On My Mind’ packs a fearsome groove as it smoulders on the edges of the dance floor.

Though most of the tracks hit significantly above the five minute mark, ‘Hitch’ feels as immediate and fresh. The Joy Formidable still have it in spades. Stephen Ackroyd