The Joy Formidable

Passion Pit Tour U.S. with Joy Formidable

Passion Pit Tour U.S. with Joy Formidable

Passion Pit already had quite a few tour dates planned for the remainder of the year, and now the group has added even more with the addition of a new fall tour leg. The Joy Formidable will join them on the newly announced trek.

The new dates will kick off September 29 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, Va., and will continue through a November 10 show at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla. Other cities include Atlanta, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Tampa.

Passion Pit will use the new dates to continue to support its sophomore effort Gossamer, which was released in July of last year. That album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and came in at number two on both the Alternative Albums and Rock Albums charts.

Before that time, however, the group is primarily playing festivals in Australia and North America. These include Splendour in the Grass (July 28), First City Festival (August 24) and Sonic Boom Festival (September 1). Additionally, the group will play two New York City shows at Pier 26 on September 6-7. Tickets for these shows will be offered at a discount for those that had tickets to see the group perform at Madison Square Garden back in February but were unable to attend due to the blizzard.

The Joy Formidable will have new music to promote on the tour, as today marks the release of a new EP, The Silent Treatment. The album includes a remix of the title track, as well as a live version of the group’s song “Tendons” and a previously unreleased track called “All This Promise.” “Tendons” is from the group’s most recent full-length, Wolf’s Law, which was released in January of this year.

The Joy Formidable Schedule U.S. Tour Following European Swing

The Joy Formidable Schedule U.S. Tour Following European Swing

Welsh band The Joy Formidable will take their rock show around North America this spring after wrapping up a European tour.

The newly announced dates kick off on the west coast at The Conservatory in Santa Ana, California on March 18, and they will stay on the road through an April 21 show at the 930 Club in Washington D.C. Other cities the band will visit include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Toronto, Montreal, New York and Boston.

The group currently is making its way around Europe, and will remain on the road until March 8 when it performs at the Roundhouse in London.

The group is supporting its sophomore album Wolf’s Law, which was released earlier this week. Their debut album The Big Roar was released almost exactly one year ago.

Speaking to SPIN magazine recently, The Joy Formidable bassist Rhydian Dafydd estimated that the band played 250 shows in 2012, and the group obviously doesn’t seem to be slowing down this year.

“There’s that whole thing of not treating it like a job,” Dafydd said. “It’s a creative art that you shouldn’t take for granted, and if it starts feeling like a job you shouldn’t do it.”

The group has long been known for its energetic live shows, which keeps the band invigorated on tour.

“From set to set, from tour to tour, we’ve always felt there’s a reinvigoration to playing live, and it keeps us on our toes,” says singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan. “There are hard jobs to get up and do every day. Try going down the f**king mines. We won’t name them but there’s been a lot of interviews I’ve read recently where [musicians] have been f**king moaning about being on tour.”

In all the touring, Dafydd sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

“I think we have a week off in six months,” he said. “I might go skiing.”