The New TT Training Machine £10 for Gorilla Tape at Homebace and you have a great TT wheel, Carbon overated in FRR books

Had a 1h45min on this wee beastie tonight pure Magic!

Fun Run Robbie’s Hit of the Day

The Joy Formidable

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The Joy Formidable

Joy Formidable guitarist Ritzy Bryan performing in Barcelona in 2011
Background information
Origin North Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative Rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Pure Groove Records
Ritzy Bryan
Rhydian Dafydd
Matt Thomas

The Joy Formidable are a three-piece band from North Wales, currently located in London, England. The band consists of Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion).



[edit] History

Childhood friends Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd originally played together as part of Manchester, England indie rock band Tricky Nixon,[1] which later reformed into a New Wave/post-punk band Sidecar Kisses.[2] After Sidecar Kisses split up in 2007 they regrouped, returning to their home town of Mold, Wales, and formed The Joy Formidable.[3]

For six months, the pair wrote together, experimenting with different sonic approaches. As the sessions began yielding, signature tunes like “Austere” and “Cradle” – tracks that combined the duo’s interest in thick, textured noises with clear, shimmering pop hooks – took form. “We’d always been into writing strong melodies,” Bryan says. “The sparks really flew when we started messing with things that were choral and symphonic, mixed with what both of us had already enjoyed separately: dirty, loud, rhythmic guitars and thick bass-lines.”

The Joy Formidable released “Austere” as a single in July 2008, followed by “Cradle” on double 7″ later that summer, and quickly produced an eight-track EP, A Balloon Called Moaning, which they released themselves in the UK in early 2009. Having relocated to London and recruited drummer Matthew Thomas, the trio quickly earned a reputation for blistering live performances. “We love and encourage the beautiful double-pedal,” says Bryan, with a chuckle. “We do lean towards a slightly metal aesthetic when it comes to drums, which makes it very loud and heavy and all the things we want to be as a live entity. The new album definitely explores those elements, and that’s because of Matt being in the band.”

The trio spent 2009 touring the UK, Europe and Australia with bands including Editors, Temper Trap and Passion Pit, mastering tiny clubs and festival stages alike. Their introduction to American audiences came when Passion Pit invited The Joy Formidable to open a pair of sold-out shows at New York‘s Terminal 5. In late April, they teamed with a new label started by Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy, Black Bell Records, to release A Balloon Called Moaning in the U.S. The New York Times‘ Jon Pareles praised the EP’s “cryptic lyrics that glint with urgency,” and said that “the music regenerates the turbulent haze of 1990s rock, but it’s less tormented and more anthemic, confident of the pop structures at its core.” They’ve also earned critical raves from NME, The Guardian, the London Times, Spin and Pitchfork, heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s indie rock channel, Sirius XMU, and praise from Garbage‘s Shirley Manson, Courtney Love, Dave Grohl and Mark Hoppus, among others.

In summer 2010, the band signed with Canvasback Records, and released their debut album “The Big Roar“, on January 24, 2011. The band worked on writing and tracking the material for “The Big Roar” when they weren’t on the road. Dafydd sayed about the album that “(it) covers a lot of emotional range. It’s captured the battle between the eternal optimist and the manic depressive.” Their debut was produced by themselves, with help from engineer Neak Menter, and traveled to Los Angeles this summer to mix it with producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Glasvegas). The first single from those sessions, “I Don’t Want To See You Like This,” was released in autumn of 2010.

[edit] Discography

[edit] Studio Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2011 The Big Roar


[edit] Extended plays

Year Album
2009 A Balloon Called Moaning(UK)

2010 A Balloon Called Moaning(US)

[edit] Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album

2008 Austere(Vinyl only)[A] A Balloon Called Moaning
2009 “Cradle” (Vinyl only)[A]
“Whirring” (Vinyl only)[A]
2010 “Popinjay”  
“I Don’t Want To See You Like This” The Big Roar
2011 “Austere” (re-release)
“Whirring” (re-release) 47 23

[edit] Other singles

Year Song
2008 “My Beerdrunk Soul is Sadder Than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees”[B]

[edit] Guest appearances

Year Song Album
2010 “Greyhounds in The Slips” (featuring Paul Draper) NME Radar Compilation


  • A – The track later appeared on the studio album The Big Roar.
  • B – The track was released as a free download for Christmas during December 2008.

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Hi Red or Dead/Raleigh have nicked my bike idea.

Bike launch report: Red or Dead teams up with RaleighIn News

PICTURE SPECIAL: Two British brands join forces for a fashion-conscious cycle range

They do things differently in the fashion industry. It’s a fact that made last night’s Red or Dead and Raleigh bike launch all the more interesting from the perspective of the cycle trade.

From the just-off-Carnaby Street location, to the walls of the venue decked out in shabby chic framed retro Raleigh adverts and promo pics, to the cocktails and, most importantly of all, to the bikes themselves.

The bikes are being pitched as fashion accessories first and bicycles second. It’s a concept likely alien to many in the bike trade, but with numbers of female cyclists pitifully low in the UK, it’s an approach that some would argue is long overdue.  

Evans Cycles currently has exclusivity on the bikes, but BikeBiz was told many other retailers came along to the launch and gave the range the thumbs up with hints at a much wider distribution at retail further down the line.

The two British brands have produced an small initial range of bikes for women, including the Seaspray, Bikeland and Ruscia Rose – the former retailing at £399.99 and the latter at £299.99. The bikes all come with matching bike covers and sport handlebars and saddles matched to the designs on the frames.

“It’s been a long journey,” Red or Dead brand president Julia Massey told BikeBiz. “We’ve taken the best of what Raleigh do and made it more beautiful.”

A full report will appear in July’s BikeBiz. In the meantime, here are some more pics.

FRR’S 1991 Giant City Express used as my commuter rig.