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A Law unto themselves
A Law unto themselves

With everything from soaring anthems to stripped-back ballads, the Joy Formidable's newly released second album, Wolf's Law, is tipped to take the Welsh power trio to stadiums by year's end.

The album title refers to Wolff's law, which is a German anatomist's theory concerning bones adapting to stress in humans and animals.

Guitar-shredding frontwoman Ritzy Bryan says Julius Wolff's hypothesis rang a chord as the band heavily toured their 2011 debut album, The Big Roar.

"There's a lot of stories on the album, there's lots of different perspectives," she explains.

"We put a huge part of ourselves in the album, and definitely about relationships and healing and trying to find some sort of reconciliation and reconnect with people, and beyond that, reconnect with life and stopping from feeling quite numb to life."

Bryan has been through it all in recent years, from being estranged from her folks, to being the Stevie Nicks to bassist Rhydian Dafydd's Lindsey Buckingham.

The pair's relationship predates the band and it is explored on the new track, Tendons, which the singer says is the closest thing she's ever penned to a love song.

"It's strange; there's been so many things that have been going on," Bryan reflects.

"There's been a lot of stuff that's been consuming us, rather than the romantic relationship that we've had. It feels like the creativity that comes with writing songs has focused on some of the more turbulent relationships in our life.

"It's a difficult dynamic to maintain a romantic relationship, especially when we're so passionate about the band."

The rockers left their comfort zone in the UK to record Wolf's Law and headed Stateside to Portland - but not the Portland you're thinking of.

"We were finishing a tour in Portland, Maine," Bryan recalls. "The show was cancelled but we decided to still travel there and we found this place in the middle of forest. We used the time to get to grips with this album, because we had written a lot of songs and there's a lot of stress and chaos in writing on the road.

"There were so many ideas and we really needed to go somewhere peaceful and away from it all."

Attracted by the lack of all modern distractions like internet and phone signals, they returned and bunkered down in the snowbound cabin to record most of the album.

Following a year in which they focused on finalising the album and touring with the likes of Muse, 2013 will see the band on the road and they're hoping to get back to Australia to follow up their 2010 tour, where they supported the Temper Trap.

The West Australian

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