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closethe first 100 copies sold at rough trade are signed by the band. already one of the uk's most vital live bands, the joy formidable unleash their debut album following a year that has seen them move from tipped outsiders to band most likely to. the breathy shared vocals of ritzy and rhydian give and take in a kind of call and response format; mumbling muffled, incomprehensible lyrics, punctuated occasionally by eyebrow-raising oohs and aahs. the ambient, hazy fuzz that swathes the music evokes a sense of sexual tension and release. 'the big roar' is an epic and immediate pop album that's driven by crunchy basslines, loud / quiet dynamics and female vocal whoops. it sits somewhere between the breeders, a kim gordon fronted sonic youth and the yeah yeah yeah's.
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