Dry The River

- BBC - Sound of - 2012


The year's most promising new artists

Dry The River

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Frontman Peter Liddle decribes Dry The River's music as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band". Liddle formed Dry The River as a solo project to express music created from influences formed during Medicine and Anthropology studies at University, along with inspiration taken from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and At The Drive In.

The Norwegian born songwriter ended a 2009 summer tour by enlisting the help of a collection of old friends from previous bands for the tour close in London. This decision proved fruitful as Transgressive soon signed up the nascent group, providing support for a further tour to sharpen their developing sound. Soon they were on the radar of BBC Introducing, who invited Dry The River to play their stage at Glastonbury 2010. Last summer's schedule saw the band return to Glastonbury, alongside dates at Reading + Leeds, Latitude, Lovebox, Hop Farm and Green Man.

Now based in London's Stratford the quintet have enjoyed a prosperous 2011, featuring sell out nights at the capital's Scala, rave reviews from this year's SXSW festival in Texas and the completion of their debut EP, under the trustworthy hands of Interpol and The National producer Peter Katis. They're all set for a headline tour across the UK in Spring 2012.

Articles and Features

BBC Introducing - Tip of the Week

Read the full article 12/02/10

"Dry The River are a quintet from London, fronted by medical student Peter Liddle..."

The Line Of Best Fit - Live review

Read the full article 26/09/11

"We experienced something very, very special from these charming young guys..."

The Independent - Live review

Read the full article 27/09/11

"This is a very accomplished show for a young band to put on. They seem, already, to have learned a vital lesson: if your songs can't stand on their own merits, buzz will not get you very far..."


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