The Joy Formidable & TVD: Record Shopping at DC’s Som Records

There’s a compelling counter balance at work with The Joy Formidable. On stage, the trio’s ferocious sonic assault is literally thunderous, explosive, and transformative—yet in person, Ritzy, Rhydian, and Matt are disarmingly warm, funny and approachable, and none too shy with the shared enthusiasm for a rummage through a record store when the opportunity presents itself.

The band was in Washington, DC on November 10th to play a special benefit for Saint Stephen’s Church organized by DC’s Positive Force which we chronicled here in the days following.

That afternoon, prior to soundcheck the band descended the stairs to Neal Becton’s Som Records. With local luminary Kid Congo Powers acting as host, the band set about just as we do here at TVD HQ with our Saturdays—rummaging for records.

All photos: Shantel Mitchell

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