FLOODfest continued at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night with Grace Mitchell and The Joy Formidable finishing off the two-day event. Mitchell, a rising star in the music world, and The Joy Formidable, who are finishing up their third studio album, put on two high-energy sets full of fresh material.
Grace Mitchell led off the evening, wowing the audience with her sultry, powerful vocals and spirited presence. Strutting around the stage like she owned the place, it’s hard to believe the sassy songstress is just eighteen years old. Mitchell, known for her dark, sensual take on the Hall & Oates classic, “Maneater,” which appeared on the soundtrack of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, had her audience dancing along with her as she performed a series of rhythmic, synth-heavy tracks off of her Raceday EP.
The Joy Formidable, who have had a relatively quiet couple of years while returning to the studio, lit up the stage with a loud and relentless set. With a sound so much bigger than the room they played in, the Welsh trio showed off an impressive range, seamlessly transitioning from quiet and melodic to passion-stricken mayhem.
Their eleven-song set consisted of favorites from their first two-albums such as “This Ladder Is Ours,” and “Silent Treatment,” as well a glimpse at some of the band’s new material. Smiling brightly throughout the set and possessing an unbelievable amount of contagious charm, frontwoman Ritzy Bryan introduced a new song titled “Passerby,” indicating that it does not appear on their upcoming album. The show capped off with their hit, “Whirring,” the audience eagerly singing every word as the band unleashed one final onstage frenzy, joyfully interacting with each other during the epic, otherworldly outro.
Thursday’s FLOODfest finale ended on a strong note, delivering a dynamic spectacle from a duo of animated acts. The crowd looked happily exhausted as they exited the venue, a sure sign of a successful show.
Article: Nicole Shyti