Dry the River

Dry the River

 London, England, GBR
BandAlternative

Dry the River invoke Ted Hughes, Milan Kundera, Leonard Cohen and Suzanne Vega in their angular hum of Southern rock, wrapped in gospel guitars and driven by a rhythm section who draw heavily on 70s prog and post-punk.

Glastonbury, Big Chill & Standon Calling led to a deal with Transgressive Music.

Biography

The family Dry the River could not have been built from five more disparate sons. From Norwegian born singer-songwriter Peter Liddle, drawing narrative inspiration from university studies in Medicine and Anthropology, to once homeless punk-rock drummer Jon Warren and classically trained violinist William Harvey, the band grew from the haphazard seeds of varied personal and musical upbringings.

Thus, whilst Liddle rifles through a musical and literary heritage which includes ethnographic texts, the works of Ted Hughes and Milan Kundera, and artists such as Leonard Cohen and Suzanne Vega, guitarist Matthew Taylor introduces the angular hum of Southern rock, blues and country records played to him in his youth, accompanied by childhood friends Jon and Scott, a rhythm section who draw heavily on 70s prog rock and post-punk.

Each song is the offspring of this unlikely marriage: a personal tale of coming-to-terms, wrapped in gospel guitars and driven by inventive, bold percussion. Most of all, the deep involvement of all members gives birth to a live show which is both intense and honest; a band who play with their hearts on their sleeves.

Since mid 2009, Dry the River have lived and worked in their shared home in Stratford, east London. Their debut EP “The Chambers & The Valves” (June 2009, self-released), was live-tracked in just two days and was closely followed by a heavy schedule of shows with acts including Hjaltalin, Port O Brien, Bowerbirds, Johnny Flynn and Magic Numbers. The band enjoyed a busy festival season, playing Glastonbury (BBC Introducing), Big Chill (Lazyland), and Standon Calling (Main Stage) and will be on tour throughout November and December 2010.

A free 3 track EP is available to download from http://www.drytheriver.com.