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The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
Released: 21/01/2013 AtlanticIf this North Wales group inspired whisperings about shoegaze from some critics after their 2011 debut The Big Roar, their follow-up has its eyes on a bigger prize. This is the sort of big (read: epic) sounding guitar music that could aptly be described as major label indie rock (see ‘Maw Maw Song’). Expect to see them to doing the main stage rounds come festival season. For more information visit: http://www.thejoyformidable.com/ Buy: http://wmuk-apache.co.uk/thejoyformidable/wolfslaw/index.html Watch:
Pitchfork“Deserves to close out large outdoor festivals around the world...” It would be an exaggeration to call Wolf's Law the Joy Formidable's "experimental" record, but it does stretch (and occasionally overstretch) the band’s formula a bit. ..
The Fly“Infectious and irresistible...” The studio remains the band’s fourth member and their wind-tunnel intensity is a constant. The compositions are more focused this time round, however, while quiet-loud dynamic shifts are more arresting...
BBC“Stadium-sized ambitions needn’t neuter originality...” The genuinely bonkers Maw Maw Song is so brilliant that other dreary transgressions can be forgiven. It’s a meandering beast that encompasses Led Zeppelin-shaped wig-outs, prog-rock detours and a gloriously dumb chorus..
Guardian“One for speakers, not headphones...” One feels grateful for the acoustic guitars of Silent Treatment halfway through: it's the velvet glove that softens the blows of the iron fists either side...
Drowned In Sound“Pretty good...” Sound huge, and they’re hugely catchy – don’t get me wrong. If they’re playing support at an arena gig, or third-from-top at a festival: go see them...but the songwriting and individual performances are, in a word: Britpop...
The Skinny“Stuffed to the brim with such scuzzy-pop excesses...” It’s not subtle, inventive or particularly varied, but Wolf’s Law makes for some damn good fun, and a twinkling reminder of the instantaneous rush that only music can deliver...
The Line of Best Fit“A cathartic album...” They want to share every up and every down with you. It’s clearly inspired by the outside, and fated for festivals; a rugged collaboration of the savage landscapes humanity shares, and the innermost feelings you find during a meditative trance...
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