The lights go dark and a familiar synthesizer melody starts to slowly play as The Joy Formidable take the stage. It’s an extended intro for “The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade”. It’s fantastically drawn out and the crowd erupts when the chorus finally hits! “This dream is, this dream is, this dream is… in a telescope now!”
They played a lot of new songs on this night from their new album, Hitch, released on March 25th. Since the album is so new and not yet available on Spotify, the crowd was noticeably less enthused for these songs. They also played a Welsh song, “Y Garreg Ateb”, which was a nice touch. Some people in the crowd even understood the lyrics!
They saved the best for last with “Whirring”. “You make me sleep so badly, invisible friend!” It’s a fantastic song to end with as it had the crowd completely rocking out. Catch The Joy Formidable on tour now with Everything Everything and back in Chicago at Lollapalooza!
See the full setlist here.