It’s time once again ladies and gentlemen to get all geared up for another ACL festival in a few short weeks. As always, we’ll strive to offer you guys all kinds of coverage to get you prepped for the now two day affair. We shall begin with some previews covering the artists performing and I’ve chosen to to turn my focus towards Welsh rock band Joy Formidable. Follow the jump for more.
Our Fun Fest coverage is nearing an end, but we have yet to give you a top artists post in typical ATH fashion. So here ladies and gents is your ATH top 10 fun fest acts. This is a list compiled by all of our writers and collaborators who did their best to check out as many bands as we could this weekend. Keep in mind that we see as many bands as we can, but certainly can’t blanket the whole fest. Follow the jump for list.
Made it through another day of pics. Day Two includes attempts to indeed Keep Shelly in Athens, a little time on Future Islands, Fugazi’ing solo, rolling in the T’Bird, being Formidably Joyful, Tuning the Yard, Egging on a Riot, rolling on the M83, pic’ing up some Girls, paparazzi’ing Ms. Li and salvation from The Damned.
Head past the break for the pics, a link to many more pics and a commentary…
A while back, I brought you guys a tune/free album download from this Welsh band Joy Formidable. I’m now reading online that the band recently signed to new record label Black Bell Records which was just created by Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy. In May the new label plans to finally get a U.S. release for Joy Formidable’s 8 song EP A Balloon Called Moaning which was previously only available internationally. I downloaded that EP when it was free last year and have recently been finding myself drawn more and more to the bands atmospheric fuzz pop sound. Below you can find a sample of that sound in the form of a free song the band is offering up to grow some publicity for their upcoming release. The future looks bright for this 3 piece.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/05-Whirring.mp3]
Download: Joy Formidable – Whirring [MP3]
Continuing or ACL coverage today, we are excited to bring you an interview with buzz worthy band Passion Pit. These guys have been getting a whole bunch of praise heaped on them from numerous sources and we tend to think they deserve that praise. We recently spoke with Jeff Apruzzese from the band who discusses the hype and buzz surrounding his band. Of course that’s not all we talk about, but you’ll just have to read more to see it all.
UK indie pop band Joy Formidable have been tearing up the music blog scene over the past year and it’s about time we put their music on our site. If you’ve never experienced their sound, now is your chance with a free album download from NME. Head to their site now where you can download the band’s debut LP A Baloon Called Moaning which hit stores in the UK today.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/3-austere.mp3]
Download: Joy Formidable – Austere [MP3]