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Dry the River

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Dry the River

Since forming in spring 2009, Dry The River have toured extensively in the UK and Europe promoting their “careful mix of emotive, lilting folk and upbeat, impassioned rock’... NME.

Based in a shared two-bedroom house in Stratford, east London, the five came together via circuitous geographical and musical routes. Musically the back-history is no less varied, with the band citing an esoteric list of influences - Leonard Cohen, At The Drive-In, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Neutral Milk Hotel , Bruce Springsteen and Devendra Banhart.

Their first single was issued by Transgressive Records in March 2011 and after significant BBC radio support plus their inaugural SXSW appearances, their subsequent run of UK festivals in 2011 included Glastonbury, Great Escape, Itunes Festival, Latitude, Lovebox, Hop Farm, Lounge on The Farm, Belladrum, Wilderness, Summer Sundae, Green Man, Reading and Leeds, End of the Road and Bestival etc and also many of the key festivals across europe.

Followed by a powerful Bowery Ballroom CMJ appearance in October alongside Alabama Shakes. “They carried the audience, showing the scatter and wear of day three of CMJ, to the top of the room with the biggest choruses you’ll hear in 2011” 32ft/Second Blog

They’ve recorded their album in the Bridgeport, CT with Peter Katis (Interpol, Jónsi, The National) which is due for release via RCA in early 2012 in the UK and US.


Dry The River are not another mellow folk band. Don’t let the violin or the scruffy looking press shots fool you. Pastoral melodies that explode into barnstorming, heady choruses which give a heads-up to Muse, Jeff and Tim Buckley. - NME Magazine

Dry the River are cohesive and determined, those disparate parts forming one sumptuous, cathartic whole. - Q Magazine

It's not difficult to see why there is such a buzz about this band' - 4/5 Independent

Edge of the seat stuff - 4/5 Artrocker

There wasn’t a person in that room that didn’t fall in love with them – Line of Best Fit

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