Review: The Joy Formidable rocks it, gets rained out (with photo gallery)

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable greets the audience at Stir Cove with a smile.

Friday’s concert at Stir Cove featuring Silversun Pickups and The Joy Formidable only lasted about 30 minutes before being rained out.

The Joy Formidable took the stage before the clouds (and lightning and wind and torrential rain) rolled in and forced everyone inside.

Eventually, the show was officially postponed and Stir Cove said it hoped to reschedule the concert. Concertgoers were encouraged to hold onto their tickets in case the concert is rescheduled. The venue will make an announcement at a later date.

Energetic (and extremely fun to watch) frontwoman Ritzy Bryan led the band through “Cholla,” “Austere,” “The Ladder Is Ours,” “The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade,” “Tendons” and “Cradle” before the band had to leave the stage. (View a photo slideshow below.)

“OK, I think we’re gonna have to leave it there,” Bryan said. “It’s the weather. It’s right over there. Hope we can come out on a moment.”

They never did.

Fan favorites such as “Whirring” and “Maw Maw Song” were never heard, but the band’s short set was still pretty fun.

Bryan is a force on the guitar and crafted not only big riffs, but lots of distorted noises, tight melodies and reverb-heavy sounds, too.

Drummer Matthew Thomas provides a forceful beat, and I also noticed how important bassist/backup vocalist Rhydian Dafydd is to the band. His voice helps Bryan’s sound so powerful, and his bass lines carried many of the songs.

The show was eventually postponed, and (rather unfortunately) Silversun Pickups never played a note.

The California-based band apologized via several tweets.

“Rain rain go away,” tweeted singer/guitarist Brian Aubert. “Mother Nature has told the show to end. Sorry Council Bluffs/Omaha. We’re gutted… We’ll be back. Again, very said. But safety first.”

Drummer Christopher Guanlao continued: “Sorry Council Bluffs… We really wanted to play, but Thor had other ideas. We’ll be back again.”

Can’t see the slideshow? Check out the photos on my Flickr page.



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