Review: The Joy Formidable at the Fonda (Photo Gallery)

Published on March 26th, 2013

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The Joy Formidable stormed through a 15-song set at the Fonda last Thursday night, delivering yet another stellar performance highlighting their solid new album, Wolf’s Law.

Much of the set, which featured almost arena-like design flourishes (including a light-up wolf silhouette, an insane light show and visuals projected behind the band), drew from Wolf’s Law, including the opener, Cholla.

By now, Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd and Matthew Thomas are an impossibly tight live band – they’ve basically been on the road for the past three years or so, perfecting what was an already top-notch live show.

Their formidable skills (pun intended) are even more impressive now – making this one of the best shows I’ve seen from them in my 2+ years of being a fan.

Ritzy was her customarily chatty self, telling random stories, lamenting the 405 traffic and poking fun at Thomas’ undeniably Hollywood outfit (colorful sneakers and a button-town shirt with hearts on it). Musically, she and Dafydd stormed through each song with precision.

I particularly enjoyed the placement of Silent Treatment and Wolf’s Law in the setlist – Silent Treatment is one of my favorite songs from the new album, and the non-album title track translated well live.

Another supremely enjoyable Joy Formidable gig is in the can – and I look forward to the next one.

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Support came from Guards, a promising indie/pop band with an engaging, upbeat sound that I can definitely see fitting into today’s indie scene pretty easily.

Below, enjoy some wonderful pictures from the gig, courtesy of BtH’s own Flak!

And if you still haven’t, read my review of Wolf’s Law here.

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