Originally published with Gambit Weekly on October 27, 2015.
After putting out its second album, Wolf’s Law, in 2013, Welsh band The Joy Formidable was shaken by the end of the longtime relationship between Ritzy Bryan (vocals, guitar) and Rhydian Dafydd (bass), two-thirds of the trio. Rather than let their diverging personal lives break up the band, the two took a break, regrouped with drummer Matthew James Thomas and recorded their third, as-yet-untitled album, which is due in 2016.
“We needed a little bit of time to ourselves — each individually — to feel like coming back into the studio again,” Bryan says. “Once we were back in there, we didn’t want to leave.” [Full article available at Gambit Weekly.]