It wasn’t a fluke. Three years ago the Joy Formidable released one of the best debut albums in British history. Their sophomore effort, Wolf’s Law, just hit stores and it’s every bit as bracing. This is music that demands jumping up and down, preferably at a big concert. The Joy Formidable are a genuine power trio making loud, declamatory rock that’s still connected to the best Britpop traditions. These guys do NOT let up–I’m talking Pixies levels of pounding, in your face, melodic noise. And with Ritzy Bryan, their cute-as-a-button frontwoman, singer, and guitarist, the band has huge star potential. One of my absolute favorite bands working today.