Anti-”Austere” shimmering Welsh indie-popsters, The Joy Formidable, are flexing their shred muscles in prep for their follow up to 2011′s breakout debut, The Big Roar, calling any notion of forthcoming Wolf’s Law (January 22) subject to the mythicized sophomore slump a bunch of “bullocks.” Garbage protégée of a frontwoman, Ritzy Bryan, chatted it up with GigWise recently, going on about how “bombastic” the new material is and how existentialism is a budding band’s key to confidence: “I imagine if you over think it, and are worrying what to change and how to evolve it would be tricky. Evolution is something that should come naturally with what you’re doing, whether it’s writing or listening, it’s always about having a creative head on in some level.” We shall see, weavers of formidable joy, we shall see. The intranets tells us that the original Wolff’s Law, of which the new disc is named after, posits humans can strengthen their bones according to how much stress they throw at them. So the key fits. Meanwhile, first single “The Ladder Is Ours” is all Darwin gnar the same, severing an epic string lull opening with a crunchy command of a chorus:

This ladder is ours

This ladder is ours

We can be anybody else

Hold on to the fringe

Jump through from the past