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Whats the best song by them so I can judge for myself?
You could do a lot worse than checking out Whirring in its various incarnations on YouTube. And make sure to turn it up. Austere is pretty amazing too.
And I like them.
I'd say yes.
Yet to see a bad review of the new album.
Played umpteen festivals worldwide, moving up the bill nicely.
Got the opening track on the Twilight soundtrack. HUGE step.
Played and totally killed Whirring on Letterman.
Happy for them. They've really put in the hard yards this year.
An insanely good live band. Just... incredible...
I mean, I quite enjoy their album in parts but it's such a slog to sit through in one go.
Live I've seen them a couple of times and each time I've thought the same thing "this is ok".
I just can't beyond them being pretty average - there's nothing about them that screams "special"
Saw them at the Wilmington Arms (i think) a couple of years ago. They were good.
The album's probably too mainstream for a lot of people of here but i think it's good.
Cradle is an outstanding pop song.
... I've spent most of the year wishing at least the second half was a lot better than it is. But as a live band - amazing. She's such a great front person, the energy is totally contagious and they really bring the lesser tracks from the album alive. And Whirring as a set-closer - phenomenal... I get the mainstream thing which is just totally ignorant elitism, obviously...
someone's going to say the Antlers. Their music leaves me cold, sorry...
...but he's not a band, and he's hardly the defining act of 2011...
simply because they happened to use the word 'band'.
Especially a solo artist who tours with quite a large band, in a discussion on the best band you've seen this year.
... and when you think of the Beatles you think of 4? The point being, when I started this thread, I was enthused (seems so long ago) about the idea of the best band of 2011. Best act of 2011? That's a completely different kettle of fish...
Or is it actually just the same kettle with a few more fish in it?
... I think it might be a teapot actually. Radiohead, anyone?
tons of great bands out there cant pick a favourite really.
.. for best band of 2011???
Because this is some serious trolling if you ask me!
I don't know, it just suddenly all clicked into place. Do you ever get that? You feel like you like a band, but something's not quite there, but then it is and before you know it, you're totally sold. That's me, right now.
I'm not saying they made the best album of the year. I'm saying they're the best band of the year. Good album, great videos, amazing live shows, incredible stage presence... somebody stick Santa Claus hats on their heads and get them on the front cover of the Christmas NME for fuck's sake...
I thought it might be interesting to see if anyone could come up with some other genuine contenders for the defining band of 2011 - which by definition is obviously a ludicrous idea anyway. But... it's kind of telling that nobody that's posted here so far has mentioned a single band that I'd say have had a better year than the Joy Formidable... At least nobody's talking about the Vaccines...
so they aren't even the 'fairly mediocre but alright and quite epic sounding british indie band of the year'
as band of the year??? Come on, you can do better than that...
they're a decent band who do a very similar thing to joy formidable and do it better. and they're still just a decent band
I like TJF, you like WWPJ. But what I want to know is: band of the year?
None of us can mention a single band that you'd say have had a better year than the Joy Formidable because you have already convinced yourself that they are the best thing ever.
I'm kind of surprised that nobody's suggested the Horrors or Metronomy. Just saying...
Band of the Year: The Joy Formidable. Man of the Year: Drake. Ah, harmony...
Interesting choice. How good are they live?
Band of the Year: Battles thread...
because that kind of thread is silly.
Saw them at Leeds Festival last year and she took about 20 minutes to smash her guitar up, pretty hard to take them seriously after that fiasco. There was one song, then noise as she messed up the simple guitar neck break (she should have used a pre-weakened one!).
I wish Paul Draper would not waste time there either and get on with a Mansun re-union.
is essentially a female fronted Mew, only not as good as Mew in their stride, imho.
It's been a good year for good bands, it's been a shite year for great bands.
Comforting sounds is incredible but I've not enjoyed anything else they've done. The Joy Formidable have the potential to be something far greater methinks
When I saw them play, everything said that they're a band on the verge of doing something massive. I guess it totally depends on what the second album is like.
for me their best track
purely based on the comforting sounds single and excellent b-sides. Conclusion was that I had spent £3.98 confirming that the song title was far better than the actual song itself :-(
Nostalgia alert: buying CD singles in V-shop on a lunch break
then NO MORE
... I was pretty excited to hear them based on everything I was reading about them. Then when I finally got round to hearing them... didn't do anything for me.
all the king's men?
reach a bit further?
brave bulging buoyant clairvoyants?
none of those do anything for you, really?
I'm totally prepared to admit that this is probably just a lack of taste on my part.
they've a very mediocre studio one, and guess which one has the lasting impact? Yeap the Record, one good show does not make up for people constantly sending me links to a flat record.
Of course, since starting this thread, I've been listening to the Big Roar pretty much non-stop. And each time it reveals something different... There isn't a single bad track in the first 6 songs on that album. And frankly, the more I more I listen to it, the more I'm convinced that it's pretty much only a two-song slump after that that stops it from being a truly great album. I'm feeling like the last 4 tracks are much better than I'd previously given them credit for...
though it hasn't been a stellar year to my ears. (By way of comparison, A Balloon Called Moaning didn't make my top ten for that year).
It's a solid album, and I'd love to be able to see them live. But it's not a cracker. As I said in the last thread on this topic, there's something (for want of a better word) 'missing' from it: hooks. The songs aren't written around catchy choruses or memorable riffs/melodies, which means that while it's a thoroughly enjoyable listen, it doesn't really stick in my mind after it's over.
like I say, it's a solid album, and this year hasn't produced anything *really* exciting (to my ears).
I guess it'd be an interesting exercise to say, at the end of the year, that slots 1-5 in my top 10 for the year will remain unfilled because there weren't any albums I thought were truly special... but the usual way of doing these things is that your top 5 is your top 5.
Its probably just my ears at fault. Lay off the ears.
is one of the worst EP to LP conversions I've ever heard by band, by categorically destroying the tracks that were good on a balloon called moaning, and adding in a lot of shite ones.
Added lot's of rocky noise and distortion to tracks doesn't make them better.
I was very disappointed by 'The Big Roar' after the promise of superb EP. It just wasn't very exciting at all. Noisy but no where near as good and the LP versions of the EP stuff isn't as good.
It wouldn't even come into my top twenty albums of the year. If I wanted brilliant tunes I'd choose Destroyer's 'Kapput', if I wanted something new and interesting I'd choose Kuedo's 'Severant' and if I need big loud guitars I'll have 'Northern Sky' by 93MillionMilesAwayFromTheSun.
I'd say 'The Big Roar' is one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me except it had so little effect that I'd forgotten how disappointing I found it.