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Wednesday, Mar 7 2012

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable is the gastropub of '90s-flavored indie rock, serving up familiar, meaty fare elevated by craft and a smattering of inventive elements. Stomping on a plethora of effects pedals, the band peppers the soft-loud-soft dynamics of the Pixies with the overdriven melodic arcs of the Smashing Pumpkins, slathered in the squall of Ride. Living up to the title of its 2011 full-length, The Big Roar, The Joy Formidable careens through breathy, high-gain guitar pop that's rather like comfort food to anyone nostalgic for the Clinton years.

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