The Joy Formidable: Whirring (on Conan)


With the exception of Odd Future’s raucous turn on Jimmy Fallon earlier this year, I can’t recall a more rousing late-night performance than the one the Joy Formidable delivered Tuesday night on Conan.

I’m a latecomer to the three-piece band from North Wales and now regret missing its show last month at the Rhythm Room, which surely must have been a deafening experience.

This song, Whirring, which got a major co-sign from Foo man Dave Grohl, comes off the band’s first proper full-length, The Big Roar, which was released in January.

What can I say: I’m a sucker for that big, shoegaze-era wall of a sound – and also when a dude puts his head through a bass drum.

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