Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable are still riding high from the release of 2011’s The Big Roar. Guitarist Ritzy Bryan and company proved themselves more than capable of causing a ruckus with their show at last year’s MidPoint Music Festival. That recent Cincy appearance featured a pair of inflatable panther heads popping up at the end of their lead single and stirring rock epic “Whirring,” so it’ll be exciting to see what they can do with the full stage of an indoor theater.
Openers A Place to Bury Strangers were once called the loudest band in America. They’re proving themselves blog hype survivors, with the recent release of their EP Onwards to the Wall proving that they haven’t lost any of the power (not to mention pure volume) that distinguished their earlier releases.
Between the Joy Formidable’s high-flying guitar riffs and A Place to Bury Strangers ‘ fuzz pedal-fueled squall, the Friday’s show is not to be missed by anyone in Cincinnati who appreciates unapologetically epic guitar rock. Just don’t forget your earplugs.
Preview by John Crowell, follow him on Twitter @terriblesounds