Dry The River to write new album after autumn tours


Scott Miller from Dry The River

Folk rock band Dry the River used to watch bands playing at Reading Festival and wish it was them getting the cheers and adulation on stage.

Formed in east London in 2009, they played their first gig a few months later.

Their big break came after they were included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 long list, won by Michael Kiwanuka.

Last weekend the Newbury band ticked another box by playing at their local rock festival, headlined by Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure.

"We used to come here when we were 16 and party every year," says bassist Scott Miller.

"To be up there from the other side and see everyone face you is crazy. There's nothing else like it."

'New stuff cooking'

Dry The River's debut, Shallow Bed, was produced in America by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) and was released in March.

It peaked at number 28 in the album chart.

Jon Warren and Scott Miller from Dry The River
Image caption Dry The River played in the Radio 1/NME tent at Reading and Leeds

Despite that, the band say they are nearly ready to start work on the follow-up.

"In December we'll go into the studio to start writing new stuff," says drummer Jon Warren.

"We're really excited to start working on something new," adds Scott Miller.

"The songs on the first album have been with us for two to three years now.

"We're keeping it under wraps at the moment but there's some new stuff cooking."

The five-piece - made up of front man Peter Liddle, guitarist Matthew Taylor, Scott Miller, Jon Warren and keyboardist Will Harvey - go on tour to North America next where they are due to play 17 dates, including LA's famous Troubadour club in west Hollywood.

They then return for a 12-date UK tour in October.

"There are a couple more festivals left this summer in Ireland and one in Cornwall," says Scott Miller.

"From then on in it's solid tours. We're going into Europe for three weeks, then America and England."

The band's UK tour dates are as follows:

Cambridge Junction - 16 October

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - 17

Gloucester Guildhall - 18

Wrexham Central Station - 23

Liverpool Kazimier - 24

Preston 53 Degrees - 25

York Fibbers - 26

Sheffield Leadmill - 27

Stoke Sugarmill - 29

Birmingham Library - 30

Bath Komedia - 31

London Shepherd's Bush Empire - 1 November