LIVE: The Joy Formidable – Islington Assembly Hall, London 24.11.19

“Maybe we should’ve started a Bee Gees tribute band? They’re big in Mold” jokes Ritzy Bryan, lead vocalist & guitarist of alternative trio The Joy Formidable. She’s talking about her Welsh hometown, and how her affinity with the Flintshire county is stronger than ever, 10 years after releasing the band’s debut EP, A Balloon Called Moaning. “Matt’s got the shirt for it”, bassist Rhydian Dafydd chimes in, as drummer Matt Thomas feigns offense and laughs off the comment.

Fans who have been following the band for the last decade will be used to these charming chats between songs. The trio are on form once again at The Islington Assembly Hall, as they’re in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first EP. Before the jokes start rolling out, the trio have already ripped through three of A Balloon Called Moaning‘s tracks; ‘The Greatest Light’, ‘Cradle’, and ‘Austere’. The room is full of fans and friends – including previous drummer Justin, who gets multiple shout outs – and the feeling is one of excitement and mutual gratitude for the dynamic sound of a band who have weathered this uncertain industry for the last decade.

“This is the farewell tour” teases Rhydian, before quickly adding “Jokes! There’s new music in 2020”. “Who knows what song’s coming next?” Ritzy interjects, as she plucks the opening notes to ‘While The Flies’. The band play the tracks in the order they’re listed on the EP, giving their fans the full A Balloon Called Moaning experience. The enduring power of ‘Whirring’ comes next, with its thudding drum beats, as well as the extended outro that didn’t make the cut on the original EP. It’s followed by stripped back lament ‘9669’. Ritzy and Rhydian’s call-and-response vocals are delivered with grace and gravitas, as the lyrics give insight into an intimate conversation. It’s offset perfectly by penultimate track ‘The Last Drop’ with its manic stop-start rhythms and bold percussion.

Final EP track ‘Ostrich’ is still a dizzying wall of sound when heard live. It’s a mixture of buzzing riffs, longing vocals, and relentless percussion that forms an all-consuming, disorientating aural blur. The crowd are unsure of what comes next – as the EP tracklist has now been completed – but the band burst into ‘Y Bluen Eira’, followed by the powerful ‘I Don’t Want To See You Like This’, lifted from their 2011 album The Big Roar. These non-EP tracks are greeted with the same amount of enthusiasm.

‘Passerby’, a b-side track from 2016 album Hitch, prefaces a stripped back version of ‘The Leopard & The Lung’. Lifted from their 2013 album Wolf’s Law, Ritzy introduces the track with a message about caring for, and protecting our environment. Rhydian’s gentle keys and the pairs dual vocals make this song a real set highlight. Next, they ask the crowd if there’s a track they’d like to hear, and after lots of inaudible shouts, the band settle for ‘Caught On A Breeze’, before leaving the stage.

They return for an encore of ‘Anemone’ – influenced by the tragedies of John Webster – and the formidable ‘The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie’. It’s an apt song to close with, as the trio have evolved and grown over the last decade into gracious, and talented performers. There’s nothing to lament about their celebratory performance of A Balloon Called Moaning, and that is a fitting legacy for a formidable record, produced by an equally formidable band.

Order your 10 Year Anniversary reissue of A Balloon Called Moaning/Y Falŵ​n Drom on vinyl here.

Photo Credit: Steve Reynolds

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Get In Her Ears w/ Hari Debi 10.10.19

Tash & Kate played out some of their fave new music from the likes of Shari Vari, Baby Taylah, SHHE, Sunflower Thieves and HAVVK.

The lovely Hari Debi popped into the studio for a chat about their upcoming single ‘Sick 9due Oct 25th) and what the rest of 2019 has in store for them.

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Tracklist
SIA – Chandelier
Audrey – Paper
Girl Ray – Show Me More
Dream Nails – Corporate Realness
Blood Red Shoes & Queen Kwong – Kids Don’t Be So Shy
GRIMES – Violence
Projector – Superstar
Les Flair – Fence
Foundlings – I Love You All
Lande Hekt – The Future
The Leaf Library – Hissing Waves
Sunflower Thieves – Heavy Weight
Grizzly Coast – High Functioning
Hari Debi – Sick
Thyla – Two Sense
REYKO – Hierba Mala
Baby Taylah – Reclaim
Minor Pieces – This House
Shari Vari – Dance Alone
SHHE – BOY
HAVVK – 52
Healy Maye – 5 Months
Majia Sofia – The Glitter
Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You

Get In Her Ears w/ I See Rivers 29.08.19

Tash & Kate were back in the studio this week with the best new music, with highlights from LIA, Palm Haze, Chartreuse and Sandunes.

They were also joined by the lovely I SEE RIVERS who talked about their debut album (set for release next year) and a lesson in Norwegian linguistics!

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Tracklist
Tracy Chapman – Talking About A Revelation
Martha Hill – Pick Me Up
Lucy Dacus – Half Mast
SHHE – Saint Cyrus
Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her
Sandunes – Eleven Eleven (feat. Landslands)
Jaguar Jonze – Beijing Baby
Emily Breeze – ‘Work’
Natalie McCool – Someone Nue
LEGGY – Not What You Need
LOCKS – In The City
BONES UK – I’m Afraid Of Americans
Keren Ilan – Take Her Down
I See Rivers – HELIOS
I See Rivers – Collide
Konradsen – Baby Hallelujah
LIA – To The Woods
Stainwasher – Drying
Chartreuse – Three Days
Palm Haze – Second Round
Dearly Beloved – Race To The Bottom
TWEN – Damsel
Swimsuit Competition – Never Gonna Leave You
HUSK – Feeling Heat
Joey Slater – Hunger
LIZZO – Juice

Get In Her Ears w/ Jelly Cleaver 22.08.19

Mari & Kate were back in the studio this week with a plethora of new music from the likes of Seazoo, Jenny Hval, Calva Louise, Glossi, BONES UK & Babeheaven.

They were joined by artist and producer Jelly Cleaver, who talked about her DIY ethos, her activism, and her jazz punk fusions.

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Tracklist
BONES UK – I’m Afraid Of Americans
Calva Louise – Belicoso
El Tee – How I Like It
Minimals – Page Turner
Danika Smith – Suit Of Armour
Lyrah – Don’t Make Me
Ennieloud – In My Room
Babeheaven – Seabird
Liar Liar – Bad For Each Other
ALTA – Twisted
Glossii – Watching Me
Sunbloom – Take It Away
Grizzly Coast – Half Light Boy
Ennieloud – In My Room
Cat Apostrophe – January
Jelly Cleaver – VI II V
Jelly Cleaver – Yarls Wood
Stanlaey – The Mountain Collector
Jenny Hval – High Alice
Seazoo – Throw It Up
Toni&Mash – LTGFU
Noga Erez – Off The Radar
Cozy Slippers – A Million Pieces
Galileo’s Fan – I Won’t Be Found
Kim Gordon – Sketch Artist
Jaayns – Stars
Chastity Belt – Elena
Ru Paul – Sissy That Walk

Get In Her Ears x Teenage Dreams 01.08.19

Tash & Kate were back in the studio this week with loads of new music from the likes of Palm Haze, Empara Mi, Junaco, Ora The Molecule & Arthur Moon.

They reminisced about some of their fave tracks from their teenage years too, which included songs by Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Sugababes, Avril Lavigne & The Joy Formidable.

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Tracklist
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Intaya – Guaguancó
Karen Ilnm – This morning, yesterday’
Cat Apostrophe – January
Palm Haze – Almost Soon
Empara Mi – Ditch
Ora The Molecule – Salé
Giovanna – Young Heart Player
Charlie Strange – I follow
Laélia – Flatline
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
No Doubt – Just A Girl
Sugababes – Overload
Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip
Linkin Park – Leave Out All The Rest
Sweat – BAD
RUNHA – Beings
Taobh – eile
Junaco – In Between (GIHE)
Arthur Moon – Reverse Conversion Therapy
BEA1991 – Loser Wins
JR – PAL
Lady Gaga – Applause
Sufjan Steves – Mystery Of Love

Get In Her Ears w/ Kate & Katie 25.07.19

Kate was back in the studio this week with journalist and music magpie Katie playing all the latest new music from the likes of Noga Erez, King Princess, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, BEA1991, Velvet Volume & TWEN.

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Tracklist
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Noga Erez x Echo – Chin Chin
Ilgen Nur – Easy Way Out
Slaves – The Velvet Ditch
Fever Ray – Wanna Sip
Banks – Gimme
Taffy – Inner Nerd
Tokyo Tea Room – Always Tomorrow
Sam Fender – Will We Talk?
Velvet Volume – Pretty In Black
Free Love – Playing as Punks
Orville Peck – Dead of Night
Salvation Jayne – Jayne Doe
BEA1991 – Loser Wins
King Princess – Prophet
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something – Find A Place
Shura – The Stage
Brittany Howard – Stay High
TWEN – Damsel
Luke Burr – what You Won’t Do For Love
Charlotte Carpenter – Follow You Down
Emily Breeze – Work
Mystic Braves – I can’t grow peaches on a cherry tree
Charli XCX & Christine & The Queens – Gone
Queen Zee – Boy
Lizzo – Boys
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo

Get In Her Ears w/ Kate & Katie 04.07.19

Kate was back in the studio this week with co-host Katie! They played loads of new tunes from the likes of Gold Baby, deux furieuses, Jackie Shane, Bleached, Lizzo & Kissing Party and chatted about the 2019 Glastonbury highlights.

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Tracklist
Lizzo – Good As Hell
Kissing Party – Jimmy Dean
HANDSOME – Delete You
Bleached – Rebound City
Something Leather – Velvet
Le Butcherettes – Give/up
Gazelle Twin – Glory
Damn Dirty Duke – Concrete
Sacred Paws – Brush Your Hair
Mark Ronson ft King Princess – Pieces of Us
Amy Studt – Sleepwalker
Amahla – The River
Deux furieuses – Year Of Rage
Temples – Hot Motion
Gold Baby – 500/1
Sam Fender – Dead Boys
The Drums – Try
Billie Ellish – When The Party’s Over
Mimi Bay – Really
IDLES – Mercedes Marxist
Fat White Family – Feet
Foals – Olympic Airways
Queen Zee – Boy
Years & Years – Sanctify
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Chaka Kahn – I’m Every Woman
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way

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