The Joy Formidable announce new album, AAARTH, share “The Wrong Side”: Stream

The new full-length from the Welsh alt-rockers is due out this September

The Joy Formidable AAARTH The Wrong Side orange wall shoe
The Joy Formidable

    The Joy Formidable hinted at a new album in the works when they shared the Origins of their single “Dance of the Lotus”. Today, they’ve officially announced the record, dubbed AAARTH, and set it for a September 28th release

    The follow-up to 2016’s HitchAAARTH came together in the band’s mobile recording studio as The Joy Formidable traveled the world from the hills of their native Wales to the rainbow-colored canyons of Utah and Arizona. The ever-changing scenery led the band to explore “a colouful, mystical collage” of music, as vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan said in a statement. She continued,

    “Those multi-coloured sunsets & the primeval elements of nature in the Southwest – it’s emboldened our imaginations in the songwriting and the production. I love stories and seeing symbolism and meaning change with different cultures and interpretations. I see it in my lyrics, a lot of the imagery plays on being ambivalent because I’m often expressing a lot of things at once. That’s true of the title; it falls somewhere between a scream, an exaltation, a play on words, and then this motif of the bear (“arth” in Welsh) that spiritually represents strength, wisdom & healing.”

    As a second listen to the full-length effort, the band has shared the second single, “The Wrong Side”. Listen to the stomping, drudging, shifting rocker below.


    Pre-orders for AAARTH are going on now. In addition to all the standard formats, the album is available in a limited edition collector’s box that includes the record pressed on red vinyl, a bonus 7-inch Cicada Picture disc with the exclusive track “Land On Your BacK”, a card signed by The Joy Formidable, a 24-page bound booklet with lyrics and artwork, an enamel pin, and a one-year annual subscription to the band’s AAA Music Club.

    AAARTH Artwork:

    The Joy Formidable AAARTH Album Artwork Cover Art New Record

    AAARTH Tracklist:
    01. Y Bluen Eira
    02. The Wrong Side
    03. Go Loving
    04. Cicada (Land on Your Back)
    05. All in All
    06. What For
    07. The Better Me
    08. Absence
    09. Dance of the Lotus
    10. You Can’t Give Me
    11. Caught on a Breeze

    The Joy Formidable have also expanded their upcoming tour itinerary to include a handful of dates with Foo Fighters. Find their full schedule below.


    The Joy Formidable 2018 Tour Dates:
    08/16 – Gampel, CH @ Open Air Gampel Festival
    08/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
    08/24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
    08/26 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
    09/01 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field *
    09/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place *
    09/06 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome *
    09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *
    09/10 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *
    09/12 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
    10/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
    10/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    10/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
    10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    10/31 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
    11/01 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
    11/02 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    11/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    11/04 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
    11/06 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
    11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Acts
    11/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    11/10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

    * = w/ Foo Fighters

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