Filed under: Concert Stories, Emerging Artists, News of Note | Tags: Atlantic/Pacific, Big Indian, Brandon Patton, Cat Martino, Common Prayer, Dusty & The Dreaming Spires, Hopewell, Ida, Mercury Rev, Mike & Ruthy, Neil Halstead, News of Note, Oxygen Ponies, Silent League, The Joy Formidable, The Sadies, The Shoestring Band, Tim Easton, Truck America, White Rabbits
PREVIEW: Truck America’s Website
TRUCK is an festival organization based in the U.K., and they’ve brought their festival to the U.S. in Big Indian, NY at the Full Moon Resort. The lineup is decent too, which includes a few unknowns and some high-risers including The Joy Formidable whom we interviewed and shot while they performed in New York. The festival will take place from April 30 to May 2nd, so just before finals for all Syracuse University students. The trip there would be roughly three hours, but seems like a good time to me. I can vouch that The Joy Formidable are insanely good live, and The White Rabbits are underrated. Tickets are on sale now.
Here’s the full lineup:
Filed under: Emerging Artists, Indie Rock, Interviews, XCLUS!VES | Tags: Interviews, iTunes, MySpace, Passion Pit, Pianos, Terminal 5, The Joy Formidable, The Temper Trap
PREVEW: The Joy Formidable’s MySpace
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW:
The Joy Formidable are straight out of North Wales and just played their first shows in the U.S. a couple weeks ago at Pianos and Terminal 5 in New York City. On the eve of releasing their debut LP, the British indie trio aren’t signed and fund all of their own operations even though they have the sound of a pop-rock powerhouse. Ritzy, the lead singer and adorable blonde, says its about staying loyal to the fan base. Things might just be only heating up for Ritzy and the boys as they ponder the future.
20W: So where are you now?
Ritzy: We’re in London finishing our debut record.
20W: You’ve got quite a bit of touring ahead too, right?
Ritzy: We do. We’re going to York with The Temper Trap, and we’re got our own U.K. tour in March as well. So, yeah, we’re pumped.
20W: I know you’re from North Wales. What’s it like being an aspiring musician out there?
Ritzy: It’s very isolated. It’s very rural. It’s good place to go and write, be creative and lose your self. On the gigging front, it’s a little bit difficult, but it’s getting better.
Filed under: 20 Watts Video, City Sounds, Indie Rock, XCLUS!VES | Tags: 20 Watts Video, concert coverage, Concerts, Locksley, Morning Fuzz, Pianos, The Joy Formidable
The night started off with some boyhood charm when Locksley played fun indie rock in a classic rock kind of way, but things got turned up a notch once The Joy Formidable plugged in their amps. Led by the fierce blonde leading lady, Ritzy, The Joy Formidable stormed into a heavy vortex of power chords and unhinged aggression. On Ludlow Street at Pianos, the crowd knew the game, and the bands delivered fashionably. Catch these guys when you have the chance, but be prepared for your ears to ring and sting for a day or two afterward.