The Joy Formidable’s second album, Wolf’s Law, does not come out in North America until January 22nd, 2013, but to help tease their sophomore effort the U.K. band has put out the four-song EP, Cholla. Released last Friday, the EP partially reflects a different side of the band that was not necessarily present in their debut album. In Cholla, The Joy Formidable show a definite change in style from the heavy jams of The Big Roar, showing a different kind of melody and proving that they can be a far more dynamic group.
Even though the EP begins with the familiar driving guitars which key the single “Cholla,” the band begins their change of pace with the brilliant “Tempo (Strong – Weak – Weak).” The track begins with a surprising pair of false starts before frontwoman Ritzy Bryan begins what may be the band’s best song to date. A track that incorporates a different sense of melody and pace from each member of the band, “Tempo” shows that the band may have placed a focus on balance for their new record.
As the EP continues, an acoustic version of “Cholla” brings to mind how ably the band respun their hit single “Whirring” as an unplugged Welsh language B-side to a past Record Store Day 45. To round out Cholla, the band closes with the title track of the forthcoming Wolf’s Law. A song which incorporates piano to complement Bryan’s beautiful vocals, “Wolf’s Law” is a significant departure from any prior conception about the band and shows a remarkable growth.
Cholla is only available as a compact disc and digital download. The Joy Formidable are currently in the midst of a tour which will take them through Florida, Seattle, and San Diego. The band will kick off a U.K. tour in January.