The Joy Formidable is a three piece band from the North of Wales, which nowadays has London as a base. Singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd were previously a member of the four-piece new wave/post-punk band Sidecar Kisses "until it ceased to exist. They went from 2007 as band, initially with drummer Justin Stahley but nowadays with Matt Thomas. Bryan and Dafydd together form a set.

Their debut single "Austere" was released in August 2008; the second single "Cradle" in February 2009. The debut album "A Balloon Called Moaning" was released on 19 January 2009 via Pure Groove Records and as a free download on

The Joy Formidable formed the for bands such as EditorsPassion Pit and The Temper Trap. They also have a single released only to download was: "Greyhounds In The Slips" (with Paul Draper), and the end of november 2009 a live album entitled "First You Have To Get Mad".


[hide]*1 discography



  • "Austere" (August 2008)
  • "Cradle" (February 2009)
  • "Whirring" (May 2009)
  • "Greyhounds In The Slips" (september 2009) downloadable single with Paul Draper


  • A Balloon Called Moaning (February 2009)
  • First You Have to Get Mad – live album (november 2009)
  • The Big Roar (January 2011)
  • Wolf's Law (January 2013)

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