The alt-rock band the Joy Formidable is as literate and witty as one would expect of a band from the town of Mold in North Wales, with a discography that includes a Christmas single titled “My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees” and the 2009 EP “A Balloon Called Moaning.”
But its members also wield serious rock firepower that, coupled with Ritzy Bryan out front on guitar and vocals (backed by bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matthew James Thomas), invites comparisons to such bands as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sure, it’s facile and lazy, but the band’s not complaining.
The Joy Formidable –– whose “Endtapes” was a conspicuous part of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” soundtrack –– is touring in support of a critically lauded new album, “Wolf’s Law,” and will perform Tuesday at the Culture Room. New music to listen for: “Silent Treatment,” “Cholla (below),” “This Ladder Is Ours” and the blistering arena rocker “Maw Maw Song.”
By all accounts, the stage is where the Joy Formidable is at its best. The New Yorker’s dependable Sasha Frere-Jones recently wrote: “They are best experienced live, where their taste for the big and the mildly swashbuckling makes the most sense. If the foggy, halfhearted revival of the ’90s sensibilities continues, this band could and should benefit, simply because that decade was more receptive to the forcefully delivered melody and the unabashed stomp.”
IF YOU GO
The Joy Formidable will perform Tuesday night at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Info: 954-564-1074, CultureRoom.net.
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