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The Joy Formidable Strengthens its Bones

Written by  Dwayne Hoover
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The Joy Formidable with Silversun Pickups
The Intersection, Grand Rapids
June 12, 7 p.m.
$25
All ages
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Wolff's Law is anatomist Julius Wolff's theory that states bones adapt to the amount of pressure put on them. Meaning that over time, as the amount of stress on a bone increases so does the bone's strength.

It's also the name of The Joy Formidable's latest album, and a perfect metaphor for what the band's members were going through at the time.

"It's about healing the relationships," said Ritzy Bryan, vocalist and guitarist. "I became quite estranged from people in my family, going through the grieving process of losing people ... It's about finding a need to look inside a little first, and then change the future. Sometimes we need to reconnect and question and challenge the roads we take."

Currently, the band is on tour into September, but not just in support of the new album. The trio also happens to just really like touring.

"We're a band that enjoys staying on the road whether we have a new album out or not," Bryan said. "All the traditional cycles ... we don't like to look at things like that. But it has been fun to integrate the new material into the set."

Touring is not just an enjoyable experience for the band's members, however. They also understand how important touring is to their fans.

"I think we're really conscious of our fan base, kind of a very honest appreciation," Bryan said. "I think that's why we try to keep touring. Yeah, we're sleep deprived, but it's also a hell of a lot of fun. It's a lifestyle that definitely keeps you alive."

"I find it a big turn off when bands complain about being on the road," Bryan said. "You can't treat it like a job. It's not a job. It's a great way of life. There's a real truth and honesty about it, getting out there and playing live without all the bulls**t that tries to creep in."

During the incessant touring, The Joy Formidable will make a stop at The Intersection to support Silversun Pickups.

"We've got a great relationship with them, kind of a mutual respect," Bryan said. "We're delighted that we can meet up again and share some stages. They're a great band and really great people."

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