On The Winslow’s Must List this week is the new record by The Joy Formidable, a Welsh trio currently living in London. They’re an alt-rock band that formed in 2007 and recently had success on modern rock radio with their singles “Whirring” and “Cradle.” Last week the band released their second full-length studio album called Wolf’s Law and it’s just as head-turning as its predecessor, showcasing the band’s pulsing, relentless guitars, airy ambition, and attentiveness to lyrics and melody.
We caught these guys in an opening slot for the Foo Fighters a couple years back and they completely held their own. We were worried their sound wouldn’t translate in a venue as big as Madison Square Garden, but the band’s approach was gutsy, filling the venue with their signature shredding, elongated solos and incessant gong beatings (!). Alas, they’ve earned a special place in my heart and on my iPod.
Today’s offerings are the latest single “This Ladder is Ours” and another track from the new album that caught my ear, “Maw Maw Song.” Wolf’s Law is available now.
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