Interview with Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable
Ritzy Bryan: It came to us during our first writing sessions back in North Wales. It felt right, don’t ask me how, it just captured a mood, and the spirit of the band that was emerging.
RB: We went to the same school, but our paths didnt cross very often. We had our own creative things going on. It wasn’t until a few years later that we really got to know each other. I suppose you could say we chanced upon each other quite unexpectedly and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
IP: This has been a big year for The Joy Formidable… you released your first studio album “The Big Roar” in January, how has the reaction been to the album?
RB: We’re very proud of the album. Thats the only validation we need. We don’t notice much outside of the music. We have a wonderful fanbase, they’re very loyal and it’s been great seeing more and more people connect with our record and our story.
RB: We love the guys very much and they’ve really supported us. On one of the first gig nights in Glasgow, we witnessed a full on fist fight during soundcheck that gave everybody a good giggle. It rang a chord, something about a guitar being too loud! I’m sure they don’t mind me telling you as they love each other like brothers. It was forgotten as quickly as it erupted, very funny though. Ayad makes the BEST tequila cocktails in the world. That’s a fact! I can’t drink them anymore though.
IP: As music fans, what other bands/acts would you most like to see perform live? What’s getting the most play on your IPOD right now?
RB: Our IPOD changes daily, but today we enjoyed NIN, Explosions in the Sky, Justice, and The Platters. I’m long overdue seeing Bjork live again, hopefully for this album cycle, and I have my fingers and toes crossed that I can see Wilco with Nick Lowe next month.
RB: Seeing the whole front row of our audience in Cardiff wearing Ritzy, Rhyds, and Matt masks was a little strange. We loved it though. They’re a creative bunch.
IP: Are there any plans for a sophomore album in the works?
RB: Absolutely, we’ll have a second album out next year. Unless one of us loses an arm, if that happens it might take a little longer.
RB: We often have a collection box at the merch stand. We’re supporting the British Heart Foundation on this next UK run as it’s a charity that’s important to us. We have a whole host of animals that we’ve adopted, the WSPA and GREENPEACE do very important work. You have to try and give something , time, money or very basically, in the way you think about life. Be aware that you cant ignore everything, we have a shared responsibility to try and change things for the better.
IP: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’re willing to admit to?
RB: Im not easily embarrassed. I think I still like toys a little bit too much.