PREMIERE: Hear the Joy Formidable’s brand new B-side, “Passerby”

Substream 51 The Joy Formidable
photo: Taylor Foiles

We’ve been obsessed with Welsh alt-rock trio the Joy Formidable for years—and their new album, Hitch, hasn’t left the Substream office stereo since its release in March. Heck, we’re so in love with ’em that we put the band on the cover of Substream #51 (buy issue/buy autographed issue). So when the band asked us if we wanted to premiere the B-side from Hitch, “Passerby,” we jumped at the chance. The near-seven-minute track is a gritty, dirty rocker that fits right in the Joy Formidable’s wheelhouse—and, rather surprisingly, features flautist Laura J Martin.  Frontwoman Ritzy Bryan comments:

“‘Passerby’ is a song about detaching yourself and starting over, getting strong again and realizing that you’re on a better, truer path than you were on before.”

The Joy Formidable’s new album, Hitch, is available now; however, if you want “Passerby,” you’ll need to order the album directly from the band’s online store to get it.

Catch the Joy Formidable on tour throughout the U.S. this summer:

5/27/2016 Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley
5/29/2016 Reno, NV @ Cargo @ The Whitney
6/4/2016 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
6/6/2016 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
6/7/2016 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National
6/8/2016 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
6/9/2016 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Ballroom
6/10/2016 Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
6/11/2016 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
6/14/2016 Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
6/15/2016 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club / NXNE
6/17/2016 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
6/18/2016 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
6/19/2016 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
7/19/2016 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
7/20/2016 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
7/21/2016 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
7/22/2016 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
7/26/2016 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
7/27/2016 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
7/28/2016 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
7/29/2016 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza