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PHOTOS: The Joy Formidable Tour

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Keith Freund

Tour: The Joy Formidable

Coming Home.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Tour was a whirlwind. Thanks to The Joy Formidable and crew for treating us like family and showing us an incredible time on the road. We’re grateful for all the new friends, fans, and memories we’ve made along the way and can’t wait to get back out again to meet even more of you. Until then…

RIBS Spring 2013 Tour Dates

Friday, March 1st, 2013

3.14 – New York, NY
3.15 – Danbury, CT
3.16 – Philadelphia, PA
3.21 – Providence, RI
3.22 – Worcester, MA
4.08 – Lansing, MI **
4.09 – Milwaukee, WI **
4.12 – Toronto, Canada **
4.13 – Montreal, Canada **
4.14 – Albany, NY **
4.20 – Boston, MA

** with The Joy Formidable

For more info:

RVA Mag Show Preview: RIBS at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA 5/10/11

Monday, May 9th, 2011

On Tuesday May 10th, Strange Matter will host a show that will feature Historic, Ear Theory, RIBS, and Collen Applegate. I had the chance to catch up with three of the members of RIBS, a Boston-based band who is playing in Richmond for the very first time. Y’all make them feel welcome, ya hear?

RIBS is Keith Freund on vocals and guitar, Blake Fusilier on bass and vocals, Justin Tolan on guitar, and Chris Oquist on drums. Keith and Blake grew up in Atlanta, and then transferred to Boston for school at Boston University. They heard about a “shred guitar prodigy” by the name of Justin Tolan who was, incidentally, also from Atlanta. Talk about fate. Keith and Blake weren’t to meet Justin, however, until Keith responded to a “band wanted” ad that listed Radiohead, Muse, and Aphex Twin as influences. As it turns out, it was Justin’s ad, and the two became three. A little later, drummer Chris Oquist joined the band and they started making music together. Now they are a band on the move, nominated for The Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll and named one of The Boston Phoenix’s Eleven Bands to Watch in 2011.

Enough bio stuff. Let’s get to the interview.

OK guys – what the heck does RIBS stand for? Why the mysterious capitalization?

It’s a well-kept secret.

Then you won’t mind if I make something up for all those curious Richmonders?

Have at it. [Note: I have a dirty mind, so none of the suggestions I have are safe for work, nor germane to the band’s style, so I shall refrain.]

I’ve read about how you guys met and how the band started, so I’ll skip those questions and go to my number one favorite question I love to ask musicians. What was your FIRST favorite album?

Keith: Beach Boys, Greatest Hits.

Keith, I’ve read that many of your musical influences haven’t made their way into your music thus far. Do you see the Beach Boys making into your repertoire somehow?

Keith: [chuckle] Not any time soon.

Blake: Outkast, ATLiens. I really didn’t start LISTENING to music until I was a teenager.

Keith: When I was a kid I listened to oldies with my parents. After that, radio rap and other stuff. I developed my own taste later.

[Justin enters the room. We had just been talking about whether the band had ever played RVA before (answer is NO, as mentioned earlier), and Justin chimes in that he has been in Richmond before – for a flood. He tells me he rode down the street in an innertube. I share with him the hope that he does not bring a flood with him this time. He echoes this sentiment, not commenting on the implication that he might have the power to control the weather. He then answers my favorite first album question.]

Justin: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins. I was seven years old and my sister had been listening to the album and didn’t want it anymore. I loved it, but my parents went through with a sharpie and marked out the eff words in the liner notes.


Ryan’s Smashing Life: RIBS Spring 2011 Tour Coverage

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


An East Coast Run for RIBS

Words by Nick Parker
Photos by Mark Jenko
New Tour Kickoffs
Thursday 5/5/11 at Great Scott

This Thursday night in Boston you can see a band that tick all these boxes; a band that knows the difference between performing and merely playing their songs, musicians that really commit to every beat of the drum and pluck of the string, and songs with hooks you’ll be singing after the set is over. Since their incendiary (and insanely loud) headline set at the RSL four-year anniversary party a few months ago, RIBS have been busy plotting their next musical take-over. It comes in the form of an East coast tour, and, since we can say they are ours here in Boston before they are anyone else’s, where better to kick that off than at Great Scott.

RIBS are an unashamedly heavy band. In a sea of indie, folk and Americana, they play music that shakes through your ribcage (no pun intended). I’ve read of various more or less strange comparisons (Joy Division?!) – perhaps Deftones is the best parallel with the operatic scale of their semi-metal sound. Either way though, the buzz about his band is worthy, and you can give them a great tour send off this week if you find yourself in the right place at the right time. The rest of the dates on the East Coast spin, follow…

RIBS East Coast Tour 2011

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

We’re hitting the road in May, and there’s nothing you can do to stop us.* Here are the tentative dates and cities:

05.05 – Boston, MA – Great Scott* fb event
05.06 – Danbury, CT – Heirloom Arts Theatre* fb event
05.07 – Albany, NY – Valentine’s* fb event
05.08 – TBA – TBA fb event
05.09 – Baltimore, MD – TBA* fb event
05.10 – Richmond, VA – TBA fb event
05.11 – Greensboro, NC – Pin Ups fb event
05.12 – Asheville, NC – The LAB fb event
05.13 – Atlanta, GA – The Music Room fb event
05.14 – Athens, GA – TBA fb event

* w/ Lights Resolve

Other cool bands we’re playing with on tour: Grandfather, Gift Horse, Hammer No More The Fingers, Ghost Party, Misfortune 500, Jews & Catholics, Art Decade, Miles From Pangaea, Rat Jackson, The Future Now

Shoot us an email if you know of people who can help promote a show in one of these cities, best places to crash/get inexpensive food, etc. – [email protected]

*Does not apply to any tsunamis, earthquakes, or other natural disasters who may be reading this.