Pictorial Review: The Joy Formidable at Ottobar

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The Joy Formidable rock. If you’ve seen the trio from Mold, Wales…you know. If you’ve read us before…you know. And now, via the magic of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce‘s invention — the photograph — we have further evidence of their ability to rock the beeezus out of a stage. 59,000 words worth of pictorial knowledge, right here, from their recent show at Baltimore’s Ottobar. Wherever they may be playing, run to their show and thank us later (if you survive the chaos).



Photos: Katherine Gaines

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.