What can I say about The Joy Formidable that I haven’t already said? They’re my favourite band. The expansive sound that these three are able to achieve is honestly as good as it gets for me. On one hand, I cannot wait until this band gets bigger because they deserve every bit of fame bands like Metric and Florence + The Machine have. On the other hand, I know I’ll never have as good a night as I did on Tuesday. Seeing them in their raw element at a free show in the tiny Horseshoe Tavern (their first performance in Canada), being right in front of the stage, getting to talk to them after the show and having our freshly-pressed CDs autographed. My ears are still ringing. The set, which consisted mostly of songs from their killer EP “A Balloon Called Moaning”, had no down time whatsoever. It was perfection (even with broken drums and guitar straps). With the exposure that they’re bound to get, I know that such an intimate concert will probably never happen again. I’m just glad that it at least happened once.
Here are some high-definition videos that I took of “Ostrich” and “Anemone” (the second track blew me away as I hadn’t heard it before!):
Openers “The Dig” also impressed me a lot.