The Joy Formidable have announced the release of their latest album, Into the Blue, and are now previewing the album with a new single, ‘Back To Nothing’.
“Back To Nothing takes a stance on self-compassion,” the band explain in a press release, “Realising your worth and your boundaries and deciding not to give your love to an undeserving other.”
I love The Joy Formidable. Back in 2011, I got to see The Joy Formidable play the gigantic Capital One Arena in D.C., back when it was still the Verizon Center, as a supporting act for the Foo Fighters on the latter’s tour to promote their seventh studio album, the awesome Wasting Light.
Side note: I will not stomach any Foo Fighters slander around these parts. Call me a philistine all you want, but the Foos are a great rock band and Wasting Light is a great album. It was made in a garage, as all rock and roll records should be. ‘White Limo’ is killer punk rock flamethrower of a song. ‘Bridges Burning’ is an awesome opener. ‘Walk’ is one of the best Foo Fighters songs ever. I will die on this hill and will not even bother trying to look cool doing it.
Anyway, back to The Joy Formidable. I should comp to the fact that, in truth, I only saw about seven minutes of The Joy Formidable before they packed up and were replace by Social Distortion (side note: Social Distortion… wait, I’m getting distracted. I’ll save this rant for another day). But in those seven minutes, with a wash of loud, fuzzy, almost shoegaze guitars and delicately beautiful vocals melodies, I was thoroughly impressed and decided to become a fan, which is where I’ve stayed nearly a decade later.
Long story short: ‘Back To Nothing’ is awesome. The Joy Formidable are awesome. Foo Fighters are awesome. They should tour together again. I would pay way too much to see that.
Check out ‘Back To Nothing’ down below. Into the Blue is set for an August 20 release.