The Joy Formidable’s debut The Big Roar was such a success because of all the noise that didn’t crowd each track and of course, ‘Whirring’ made a mark as a pop-rock track in 2011 that got enough air play to secure the band as Muse’s opening act for their stadium tour. Their new album, Wolf’s Law, has a more expansive sound and showcases the band’s growth – imperative when releasing a follow-up to a hyped debut.
The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
The song writing is clearly more sophisticated in its approach to love; every song is driven by the voice and lyrical side of things. The brilliant opener ‘This Ladder Is Ours’ sets the album off at a breakneck pace that won’t be found only many other albums, yet The Joy Formidable only continue to up the tempo and energy throughout the song. This song has raw attitude and there seems to be a real feeling and sense of serious intent.
Unlike their old album, Wolf’s Law is more experimental with more textures and sound, they’ve developed, yet stayed true to their original sound. For a three piece band The Joy Formidable have a huge soundscape with worthy comparisons to Stereophonics and The Manic Street Preachers.
‘Maw Maw Song’ marks a singular moment in the growth of the band, there are unique arrangements with guitar solos and ferocious drumming, and this song showcases The Joy Formidable at their ultimate best. The Joy Formidable demonstrate that they know how to create a solid rock record, yet they still have room and potential to grow. I think we’ve got a few years yet before this band leave the scene.
The Joy Formidable have created an album that deserves your complete, unwavering attention, each song is unique and with a few surprises and delicious sounds Wolf’s Law definitely needs to be shared.
Released on 21st January 2013 via Atlantic Records