The Boston, MA-based Passion Pit began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend. The gift, an EP entitled Chunk of Change, soon wound up in the hands of friends and acquaintances, who were enthralled with the work. Eventually, Passion Pit became not only a vehicle for the romantic expressions of Angelakos' heart but a full-fledged band -- at least for live gigs -- and opened for a number of well-known artists including Death Cab for Cutie. This momentum led to label interest, and in 2008 the Frenchkiss label picked up Chunk of Change for re-release, even going so far as to tack on two bonus tracks. A full-length from Passion Pit was in the planning stages and a 2009 release date was said to be in the cards.
The Joy Formidable:
While the haunting voice of lead singer Ritzy Bryan might be the first thing people notice about English alt-rock band, The Joy Formidable, her vocals compliment the grandiose guitar, bass, and drums that have made their music such a hit. Acclaimed tour dates with Passion Pit and Temper Trap have added to the popularity achieved by from The Joy Formidable's debut album, The Big Roar. Fans can catch these live performances on The Joy Formidable's 2011 tour dates across the US and UK.
The Joy Formidable was formed by guitarist and vocalist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd in 2007. The two had previously played in the band Tricky Nixon and decided to form a similar project once the band broke up. The duo began develop a sweeping sound offset by grungy guitars and a fast double bass pedal. The Joy Formidable began their rise to popularity with their second single, "Austere", in 2008, which led to international tour dates and a close relationship with electropop band, Passion Pit. After years of extensive touring, The Joy Formidable released their debut album, Big Roar, in 2011 to rave reviews and praise from notable members of the music industry. The album quickly shot to the top ten of the Heatseekers' chart in the US and also did very well in the UK.
The group's shining debut has led to even more tour dates in 2011, which are making their way through North America as summer winds to a close. The Joy Formidable will return to the UK in late September and early October, before heading back to the US to finish out the tour mid-November. For the full list of The Joy Formidable's 2011 tour dates, just check Eventful.