The Joy Formidable announce 10-year anniversary edition of debut EP A Balloon Called Moaning, featuring Welsh bonus disc

The Joy Formidable announce 10-year anniversary edition of debut EP A Balloon Called Moaning, featuring Welsh bonus disc
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Here’s a small, cool thing: The Joy Formidable are reissuing their 2009 debut EP for its 10th anniversary alongside a second album containing new versions of all its songs in Welsh.

Said EP, the enigmatically named A Balloon Called Moaning, contains the band’s early signature song, “Whirring,” which, according to a press release, was notably dug by none other than Dave Grohl. The reissue will be released in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies, out October 25 via Hassle Records.

The Welsh versions on the second disc, which is named Y Falŵn Drom, are also stripped-down, acoustically inclined readings of the songs. Guitarist Ritzy Bryan characterizes them as “a celebration of language as well as memory.”

The Joy will tour behind the reissue as well, and you can view both their tour dates and the tracklist for the reissue below. The group’s November 23 Cardif will also mark the inaugural “Formidable Festival,” at which they will play both a short acoustic set and a full electric set, and for which the lineup will promote Welsh-language acts and acts from Wales.

Reacquaint yourself with video for “Whirring” down below, and pre-order A Balloon Called Moaning 10th Anniversary Edition here.


A Balloon Called Moaning EP tracklisting:

01. The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade
02. Cradle
03. Austere
04. While the Flies
05. Whirring
06. 9669
07. The Last Drop
08. Ostrich

Y Falŵn Drom bonus disc tracklisting:

01. Y Golau Mwyaf yw’r Cysgod Mwyaf
02. Crud
03. Llym
04. Tra bo’r gwybed
05. Chwyrlio
06. 9669
07. Y Diferyn Olaf
08. Estrys

The Joy Formidable tour dates:

08.16.19 - Bellahouston Park - Glasgow, UK
08.17.19 - Hardwick Live Festival - Sedgefield, UK
08.31.19 - Brookside at the Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA
09.18.19 - Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
09.19.19 - Vinyl at Hard Rock Casino & Hotel - Las Vegas, NV
09.20.19 - AZ Hip-Hop Festival @ The Pressroom - Phoenix, AZ
09.21.19 - Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
09.24.19 - Opolis - Norman, OK
09.25.19 - Revolution Music Room - Little Rock, AR
09.27.19 - Woodward Theater - Cincinnati, OH
09.28.19 - Cumberland Caverns Live - McMinnville, TN
09.19.19 - Mr Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA
09.30.19 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
10.01.19 - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern - Cleveland, OH
10.02.19 - The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI
10.03.19 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
10.04.19 - Codfish Hollow Barnstormers - Maquoketa, IA
11.23.19 - Formidable Fest / Gwyl Aruthrol, Cardiff Tramshed (Welsh
language acoustic set + a full set) - Cardiff, UK
11.29.19 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, D.C.
11.30.19 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
12.03.19 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
12.06.19 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
12.07.19 - The Hollow - Albany, NY
12.10.19 - Velvet Underground - New Toronto, ON
12.12.19 - Bottom Lounge - North Chicago, IL
12.13.19 - Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI
12.14.19 - Fine Line Music Café - Minneapolis, MN
12.17.19 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle Heights, WA
12.18.19 - Doug Fir Lounge - North Portland, OR
12.20.19 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
12.21.19 - Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA

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