Band of the Day

2014.11.11

Dry The River

Stirring rhythms and chiming guitars brewed with a touch of honeyed vocals
Half the town are underground 
and half are half way there. And we're the only good ones left.
lyrics from Alarms In The Heart

London, UK quartet Dry the River — whose earlier work drew comparisons to Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses -- was formed as a solo vehicle for Norwegian born singer/songwriter Peter Liddle, who described the band's sound as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band". Liddle, who draws much of his lyrical inspiration from medicine and anthropology, the two subjects that were the focus of his time at University, eventually recruited Matt Taylor (guitar), Scott Miller (bass), and Jon Warren (drums) to round out the project, and landed a record deal with Transgressive in 2009.

Well-reviewed performances at Glastonbury and SXSW garnered additional industry attention, and by the end of 2011, the group had cut their debut EP with The National producer Peter Katis. The band's first full-length studio outing 'Shallow Bed' arrived in 2012, and drew enormous acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic.

Two years on and the band briefly de-camped to the isolation of Iceland to focus on writing and recording, and returned with 'Alarms in the Heart', a bolder, more expansive, confident and cohesive set of songs and an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume from their critically acclaimed debut. Produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran), Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand) and Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Futures), these new songs are at turns anthemic, cerebral and irresistible. Peter Liddle's mellifluous, choral voice blends effortlessly with chiming guitars and stirring rhythms, and additional emotional resonance is provided by arrangements and strings from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Björk). The band will be performing long overdue North American shows this Fall, having already played US festivals such as Sasquatch, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Dry The River are set to re-affirm their place as one of the UK's most exhilarating young bands, and contenders for the musical crown already worn by the likes of Radiohead, The National and Arcade Fire.