The Joy Formidable performed in the Bay Area on Wednesday March 30, just their third show on their current tour, to a sold-out crowd at the intimate Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The 13 song set list consisted mainly of early work, with only a few song appearances from their latest album Hitch, which was released March 25, the audience left singing high praises and acknowledgement of an outstanding show.
Openers Everything Everything definitely got the fans into a musical frenzy with their brand of alternative and electronic rock, layered with vocal harmonies and fueled by a groove-heavy bass. The English quintet played a blistering 10 song set, including singles “Regret” and “Spring / Sun / Winter / Dead”, and standout “No Reptiles”, engaging the audience with danceable beats and rock n’ roll sensibilities, marking themselves as a band to keep an eye on. Although three albums and nearly a decade into their career, there is no doubt a burst onto the American music scene is not far behind.
The set opened at a furious pace with three songs from their first album The Big Roar; “The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade” set the pace for the show, full of indie and angst, with songs “Cradle” and “I Don’t Want to See You Like This” giving a one-two of heavy rockers. The rest of the set was an eclectic mix of rockers and ballads with their song “Passerby”, a staple yet unreleased single of their live shows, ballads “Wolf’s Law”, the hidden track at the end of the “The Turnaround”, and “Silent Treatment”, mixed with jam-session like songs “Maw Maw Song” and “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie”. The latter closing out their main set, The Joy Formidable made a bold move and came out in the middle of the audience for their first encore, pure acoustic, and performed “The Brook” from latest effort Hitch. After two more, the band closed out the show with an extended version of “Whirring”.
The rest of the tour sees The Joy Formidable through Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, to name a few, until the beginning of May. Much of May will see them touring throughout England, until they head back to the states for the Bay Area’s BottleRock Napa Valley, and all three days of Chicago’s Lollapalooza in July. You can check out all the photos of both bands from this show here.
1. The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade
3. I Don’t Want to See You Like This
5. Wolf’s Law
6. The Last Thing On My Mind
7. Silent Treatment
8. Maw Maw Song
9. The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie
1. The Brook
2. This Ladder is Ours