ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Joy Formidable Is Amazing Live

Updated on April 21, 2013
Matthew Bellamy.
Matthew Bellamy.
Ritzy Bryan.
Ritzy Bryan.

Following Muse is no problem for this band.

This review is about The Joy Formidable. But first I have to talk about Muse for a minute.

We saw Muse this past Monday at Madison Square Garden. It was my sixth time seeing them – second time seeing them at the Garden. I’m not a huge fan of Muse’s new album, but it hardly mattered. Muse is easily one of the greatest live bands out there, and they have so many earth-shattering songs, explosive sunbursts that set the building on fire. Even from far away at a venue like the Garden, you can feel their power. And Matthew Bellamy is arguably the most exciting frontman in the business. He has my vote.

So that was Monday. On Thursday we went to see The Joy Formidable at Webster Hall, a midsize, general-admission venue, a fraction the size of the Garden. Neither my girlfriend not I had seen The Joy Formidable – a three-piece from the United Kingdom – and we were excited. We had just gotten into their albums and were expecting the show to be good. What we experienced completely blew our faces off. I’m still digesting how goddamn good this band is.

The heart of the band is singer/guitarist Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan. We could not take our eyes off this woman. When she’s not at the mike singing, she bounces/skates/glides around the stage with a blaze behind her. She makes eye contact with the crowd with these crazy, electric eyes, and it makes your hair stand on end to see how supercharged and free she is. I’m confident that Matthew Bellamy would have a lot of respect for this chick. As we were leaving the venue, my girlfriend said about Ritzy, “I need to read everything about her on the Internet.”

When I first saw Muse play, I was amazed by how much noise they make with three people. (They play with a fourth guy now.) I didn’t understand how they were generating that much power and creating six different layers with three people. And that’s exactly how I felt watching The Joy Formidable. When they rocked out the end of a song, it sounded like a spaceship was taking off. Like an alien spaceship smoking and screaming, revving up and melting down, turning light into liquid and cutting the air into diamond dust. All the while Ritzy looks into your soul and shoots spikes out her eyes. She wants you to ignite.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)