Tip of The Week: Dry The River - Weights and Measures
Stop what you're doing for five minutes, and just watch this. If the phone rings, ignore it; if the doorbell rings, ignore it; dont try and write an e-mail at the same time, or check if your ex is currently in a relationship. Just take five minutes to get lost in this moment from Glastonbury 2010.
Dry The River. Watching them play really is the only way to do this band justice. Experiencing their sound, hearing the violin weave through that hot smokey musical haze that you only feel inside a festival tent. Seeing the sweat dripping from their clothes, the emotion in their faces as they try to hit the highest of notes, the quiver in their voices that makes you believe every lyric and every element of the song has come straight from the heart.
I feel priviliged to have seen Dry The River on a few special occasions over the past year. That sunny sunday afternoon at Glastonbury, last week recording a session at Abbey Road during our Musicians' Masterclass, and at an Oxjam gig at London's 93 Feet East. Every time their performances have made my hairs stand on end. They write beautiful songs, but I think it's the passion and feeling they pour into every performance that really creates something special.
As the violin ever so softly and gracefully began on their Abbey Road recording, you could almost feel the other members holding their breath and standing perfectly still, in order to achieve the level of purity and elegance the song deserved.
They are a five-piece from London, lead by singer/guitarist/medical student Peter Liddle, but rather than going into any more detail, once again I think it's better to just listen. There's no better place to start than with this week's tip, Weights and Measures. It's the latest track to occupy the BBC Introducing slot on the Radio 1 playlist, so listen out for it all this week.
I realise this has been an emotionally charged post, but when a band comes along that genuinely strike a chord deep inside, I think it deserves an emotional response. In a world where meaningless hits are churned off the conveyer belt week in, week out, and stars can be manufactured overnight with big money behind them, it's so refreshing to hear music that has meaning, that has purpose, that completely captures the audience when it's played live, and above all, music that is real.