London based rock trio The Joy Formidable took a year to focus on their third album, heading back to their hometown of Wales for recording at their Red Brick studio. After their debut in 2011 with The Big Roar, and their 2013 follow-up Wolf’s Law, the band is determined to expand its horizons, while perhaps this time shedding a few extra intricacies. Hitch is more about an increasingly expansive sound, while not necessarily recreating the huge live sound they’re known for. Hitch clears the way for a rawer side to emerge, as the trio uses a wider mood palate without abandoning the noise or feedback that fuels their fire.

The Joy Formidable’s current tour includes an Austin stop for a show tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. at Navasota. Doors open early at 6:30 p.m., and your humble Austin Music Minute host is geeking-out big time because the show starts with a set by AMM fave, Portland, OR duo The Helio Sequence. Go for it. Very recommended.

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