The Joy Formidable Release Acoustic EP ‘Sleep Is Day;’ Announce Pledge Project To Support Orangutan Society

On September 26th (yeah, that’s today, folks!) The Joy Formidable release a brand new digital EP called ‘Sleep Is Day’. The is the first all acoustic EP the band have shared despite a career busy with acoustic performance and album gems like “Silent Treatment” and “The Brook”.

Singer Ritzy Bryan explains “we had some beautiful live recordings of tracks from ‘Hitch’ that we’d done acoustically, I think they were the building blocks of this EP. Then things got dangerous when we started dabbling with a few covers.”

‘Sleep Is Day’ pays ode to David Bowie, the Misfits reunion and TJF’s current tour buddies, the South African four piece KONGOS.

Currently touring together in North America and Canada until late October, Ritzy hints that early next year could bring an acoustic tour. “We’re planning on taking a show on the road that’s very intimate and features some great guest performers.”

A track on the EP has also inspired a charity project through Pledge launching on October 3rd with all profits being donated to SOS, the Sumatran Orangutan Society – Says Ritzy, “We read a tweet by the naturalist and conservationist Bill Oddie. He was lamenting the destruction of the lianas in the orangutans’ natural habitat. We have a song on our EP called “Liana” and once we started reading about the crisis the orangutan was facing, it set the wheels in motion for us wanting to raise some money.” Several items are to be sold by the band, including artwork, merchandise and one of Ritzy’s Fender guitars. The accompanying video for “Liana” takes you on a journey through tropical rainforests and all its inhabitants. It reminds us how we are all connected, how the “forest of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”

‘Sleep Is Day’ EP Track listing

  1. 1.     Liana

  2. 2.     Radio Of Lips (acoustic)

  3. 3.     Angelfuck (the Misfits cover)

  4. 4.     The Last Thing On My Mind (acoustic)

  5. 5.     Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie cover)

  6. 6.     Escape (KONGOS cover)

  7. 7.     Sleep Is Day

2016 Live Dates

9/27: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*

9/29: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB*

9/30: Macewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB*

10/1: Loui’s – Saskatoon, SK*

10/2: Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB*

10/4: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN*

10/5: The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL*

10/6: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI*

10/8: Metropolis – Montreal, QC*

10/9: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON*

10/11: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY*

10/12: The Royale – Boston, MA*

10/14: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD*

10/15: PlayStation Theater – New York, NY*

10/16: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*

10/18: The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC*

10/20: House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA*

10/21: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX*

10/22: Emo’s – Austin, TX*

10/23: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX*

10/24: El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM*

10/25: Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV*

10/26: The Music Box – San Diego, CA*

10/27: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA*

10/28: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA*

10/29: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*

11/7: Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany+

11/8: Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic+

11/10: KC Drazen Petrovic-Cibona – Zagreb, Croatia+

11/11: Budapest Sportarena – Budapest, Hungary+

11/13: Stadhalle – Vienna, Austria+

11/15: Mediolanumform – Milan, Italy+

11/16: Hallenstadion – Zurich, Switzerland+

11/18: Zenith Arena – Lille, France+

11/19: Sportpaleis Antwerpen – Merksem, Belgium+

11/21: Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands+

11/23: Festhalle-Messe – Frankfurt, Germany+

11/24: Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany+

11/25: Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof – Ronneburg, Germany

11/26: Galaxie – AmnEville, France+

11/28: Zenith Nantes Metropole – Saint Herblain, France+

11/29: AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France+

11/30: Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK

* with KONGOS

+ with Placebo

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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