I don’t exactly know how I missed The Joy Formidable when they first came out a few years ago……well, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am a 45-year old married guy with two young kids. Yeah that’s probably it, but fortunately I “discovered” the band a couple of nights ago, thanks to my friend @chicagosean, at a gig in Boulder, Colorado where they blew the roof off the joint.
There are so many things I love about this band; they are a power trio, their lead singer, Ritzy Bryan, is the pixie punk rock chick that every eighteen year old boy wanted as his girlfriend (okay, well I did), and they leave EVERYTHING out on stage by the end of the show. They are a band you have to experience in person to appreciate so definitely see them if they come to your town, but in the meantime check out this incredible live performance of their first American single Whirring…..and if you hang to the end of the clip you will see one of the most intense performances I can remember in a long time.
At Friday’s “I Heart Radio” festival in Las Vegas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day didn’t like it when the producers cut their set short in order get Usher on. Here is his live “punk rock” reaction to that.