The Joy Formidable Previews New Album ‘Into the Blue’ with Engaging New Track “Interval”

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On Aug. 20, Welsh indie/rock/experimental band The Joy Formidable will release a new studio album, Into the Blue. It will be the group’s fifth studio album to date, and the follow-up to 2018’s AAARTH.

At this point in the band’s career, vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan, bassist/vocalist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas are quite confident in their approach and style, always ready to try something new, while still remaining dedicated to their craft.

The latest song shared from the album is “Interval.” Premiered on Friday, its driving rhythm and Bryan’s steady vocals give it a unique energy and urgency, well-suited for the band’s powerful live show. Here’s the track:

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It joins previously shared songs from the record, including “Back to Nothing”:


And the title track:

Catch the Joy Formidable on tour this fall in support of the record:

Fri 11/26/21 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
Sat 11/27/21 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Mon 11/29/21 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Tue 11/30/21 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
Thu 12/2/21 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Sat 12/4/21 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Sun 12/5/21 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Tue 12/7/21 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Thu 12/9/21 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Fri 12/10/21 Columbus, OH A&R Music Hall
Sat 12/11/21 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Music Hall
Sun 12/12/21 Washington, DC 930 Club
Mon 12/13/21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Tue 12/14/21 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu 12/16/21 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Fri 12/17/21 Albany, NY Empire Underground
Sat 12/18/21 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

Since its formation in 2007, The Joy Formidable has cast a legacy around the world with a series of full-length albums (beginning with 2011’s attention-grabbing The Big Roar) and a captivating live show, and in 2019 Rock Cellar caught up with Ritzy Bryan at Pasadena Daydream, the Goldenvoice-sponsored festival curated and headlined by The Cure.

Said Bryan of her band’s ability to capture a festival audience’s attention, something the band is very adept at doing:

Ritzy Bryan: “Isn’t that probably the most special way of people discovering your music? I feel like the weakest part of being in a band is the self-advertising bollocks that sometimes goes with this industry, but I’m very at peace with that. You make music that you have no regrets in making, that you’re proud to share, that has meant very much to you in that moment. You go out, you share it, tour it, and that’s the real, honest connection with it, isn’t it?

“So if people are watching it, hearing it, and they’re going away having felt that connection, whatever it is, that’s way better than having paid thousands of dollars in adverts on bullshit, you know?”


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