Tag Archives: the joy formidable

Plunging Back Into It

27 Mar
Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Corner Stop Light

Corner Stop Light

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

Finally A New Post

16 Apr

It’s been awhile since the last update, but, quite frankly, a lot has been going on for me. For one thing, I’m being laid off from my job of three years in a little over a week or so, and that’s never fun. However, it’s probably more of a blessing than anything as the job and workplace were both pretty horrendous and the communication between “management” and the workers was at every level and time lacking in every single way. And then, last Friday, I learned that my uncle had passed away, so that isn’t the best news to get either. However, I did do some other actualfun things (i.e. concerts mostly) in between those horrible updates.

Crowd Outside First Ave

Crowd Outside First Ave

First Avenue is a venue that I have been frequenting a lot lately. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that they are the big local venue that usually gets the biggest acts (unless it’s a stadium show or something) from around the country. One of the bands that I saw recently is called The Joy Formidable and they are the absolute best new band that I have heard lately. Their album, The Big Roar is exemplary from front to back and their live act is very impressive. This was their first time in Minnesota and so I posted up as near to the front as I could get (second row standing, directly in front of lead singer Ritzy Bryan!) so that I could witness the first time they blew the doors off of 7th Street. Their live act is an explosion of sound that never lets up from the moment that the diminutive and oh so pretty Ritzy gets up on stage and drives hard on those first chords. These guys had a ton of hype and they totally lived up to it. The one thing I wish is that they would have played more songs to destroy my ears, as their set list was blitzed through in short time. It felt like they took more time to set up all their equipment than it did for them to melt all our faces. The place was packed to capacity it felt like, and with another album behind them, they could easily fill out the mainroom, which would make for an even more amazing show, but as it was, it was very cool to be this close to an act that should be making a large roar in the scene very shortly. In case you can’t make out the words, their set list was as follows:

Greyhounds in the Slips

Magnifying Glass

Austere

The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade

Cradle

Buoy

I Don’t Want to See You Like This

Whirring

The Joy Formidable Set List

The Joy Formidable Set List

Ritzy's Pedal Box

Ritzy's Pedal Box

Matt Thomas of The Joy Formidable

Matt Thomas of The Joy Formidable

Rhydian Dafydd Davies of The Joy Formidable

Rhydian Dafydd Davies of The Joy Formidable

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

For an even more intimate concert experience, I was somehow picked to go and see Iron and Wine perform at The Current studios this past Wednesday. I sat front row once again, and took in some good music. I was impressed with Sam Beam and the way he seemed very shy, but yet very open and talkative at the same time. It’s an odd description, I know, but that’s how he seemed. Very reserved, yet willing to share things that you wouldn’t think he would share. He was a cool dude and the songs were great. I left very impressed… and with an autographed poster as well.

Sam Beam Iron and Wine

Sam Beam Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine Poster

Iron and Wine Poster

Finally, there was my uncle Wayne (though we never called him that, it was always his nickname Ves) who passed away a week ago. He was a great man and, quite honestly, he was my favorite uncle. Seemingly always in a good mood, he loved to golf, hunt and play cards. He taught me how to shoot a gun, how to play cards and about fishing. He and his wife, my aunt Mary, had what seemed to be an almost perfect relationship. They really were soulmates and it was a tragic and very sad way that he left this earth, but he will always be missed and never forgotten. Obviously, he is the one on the left in this photo.

Aunt, Uncle and Cousins

Aunt, Uncle and Cousins