The Joy Formidable and Blood Red Shoes at 9:30 Club

April 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Joy Formidable playing for a sold out 9:30 club crowdThe Joy Formidable @ 9:30 Club 4.21.13

I don't normally write reviews for shows and I know writing is something I need to practice and do more of. In the spirit of a good challenge I agreed to cover a show for one of my photographer friends over at Pick-Up Productions, with the caveat of having to also write a review. Game on!

Arriving late I walked into a very packed and sold out 9:30 Club to see bands I haven’t heard of before, but am very glad I know them now. I completely missed the openers You Won’t, but I made it in half way through Blood Red Shoe’s second song. Blood Red Shoes @ 9:30 Club 4.21.13

The indie British garage rock band Blood Red Shoes were loud. Loud in that powerful, somewhat droney, yet in your face kind of loud. Consisting of only two members, Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, their music didn’t seem to lack anything and felt like a band with more than just two members. Carter and Ansell took turns singing, sang together, and all while filling the entire club and its audience with a full sound from only a guitar, drums, and vocals. Drummer Steven Ansell tipped his hat to The Joy Formidable by wearing their band shirt on their last performance with Joy Formidable’s tour, and in return guitarist Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan of The Joy Formidable returned the favor by wearing Blood Red Shoes’ hat through their performance.

The Joy Formidable @ 9:30 Club 4.21.13

The Welsh indie rock band The Joy Formidable was loud, fun, and full of energy that couldn’t be contained and was passed on to the audience which was full of loyal fans. TJF came out full of energy which lasted all the way through their three song encore and never lulled one bit. Adding to their “primal epic grunge rock” were visuals of video scenes playing on the entire backstage wall and well designed lighting that wrapped the entire performance into a spectacular audio/visual performance. After talking to several people in attendance, there was a recurring theme of how incredibly nice and genuine the entire band is. What was also obvious to see was how well the band got along with not only each other but the other bands on tour with them as well. Their playful and fun-loving attitudes were translated well into their live performance. Guitarist and lead vocal, Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, at times would pass her guitar off to the audience to “play,” theatrical antics with bassist Rhydian Dafydd, and finished their encore by smashing her guitar into drummer Matthew James Thomas’ drum set.

Definitely a night of fun and great music.

The Joy Formidable

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Blood Red Shoes

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