Dry The River not dwelling on festival successBy Linda Serck
September 06, 2012
What a sheer pleasure and a joy it was to see Newbury’s Dry The River play before tens of thousands on day two of the Reading Festival.
It was just as nice to catch up with the alt-folk outfit afterwards, as it’s been at least three years since I saw them last.
Since that time the five-piece have signed to Sony, played countless prominent festivals around the world and have been on a seemingly never-ending tour to promote their stunning debut album Shallow Bed.
“It doesn’t feel like we've been off tour,” laughs guitarist Matt Taylor.
Frontman Peter Liddle adds: “We’re about to go on another month-long tour of the US – we’ve done two months in the US this year – and then we’re coming straight back and doing a European tour and a UK tour.”
Peter’s hair has grown and morphed into an cool scraggy look – shaven on one side (by members of the LA band Warpaint) and covered by a US trucker-style baseball cap.
He looks like one who has been on the road for a while, and I suggest that it’s a lifestyle the band have now grown accustomed to.
Matt says: “It kind of feels like we live in this bubble of six or seven people, and you can’t get out of it.
“Even when you go home, we’re bored after a day, so we live in this weird bubble of touring and gigs, but it’s fun!” Pete adds: “It’s a bit strange because our tour manager, Simon, tells you when you have to get out of bed, tells you what time you have to be in the hotel lobby, in the van and so on.
“Your days are so structured and you have a sheet for every day that tells you; these are the interviews, then it’s the soundcheck and this is the time of the show.
“So when you come off tour it’s a bit like ‘if no-one tells me to get out of bed then I'm not going to!’
“I still like how we’re all horribly spoilt and we have a nanny who pushes us through our day.”
The big Dry The River news is that they are going to start work on their second album.
Pete said some songs on their debut, which came out in March, were already five years old and that they had recorded the album a year before it was finally released.
“Even by the time the record came out it was quite old material,” he says. “So we’re really eager to get on and make the next record.”
Work will start in December or January, which is when the song-writing will begin.
“I’ve not thought about it,” says Pete of the second album.
“We’ve been on tour all the time. I’ve only got bits and pieces.”
Matt jokes: “Maybe we’ll do a covers album – an Iron Maiden covers album!”
Many a true word spoken in jest...!
Tonight Sub89 in Reading shall become the Church Of Love and Ruin.
Its reverend? None other than hefty American rapper B Dolan.
Its supporting choir of angels?
Well, there’s live hip hop from the legendary Sage Francis and B Dolan himself.
There’s a 20-piece alternative brass band What Cheer? Brigade and a high energy set from Vockah Redu & The Cru. In the DJ pulpit shall be Reading’s own dan le sac. At the altar shall be burlesque and drag performances from Madge Of Honor and Miss Nicholle Pride.
And the disciples? YOU of course. Tickets are £12.50, doors are 7.30pm and the venue is Sub89, Friar Street, Reading.
Some sad news from Reading hard rock band Borderline: Fire.
Guitarist Joss Walker has left the band to study music technology at university. The band said in a statement: “We wish him the absolute best. The ending is on good terms.”
The band will still be releasing their forthcoming album This Trojan State in the coming months. They said: “We will be booking tours and festivals for next year and continue to move forward.”
They are currently auditioning for a new guitarist and invite anyone interesting in joining the band to email email@example.com.
Tilehurst indie punk band Violet Class have joined gig promoters to set up a new night of live music in Reading on Saturday.
The lengthy title of said new night is: What Else Are You Gonna Do On A Saturday? #justsaying.
The monthly night will be headlined by Violet Class, supported by Mellor, 13D and Adam & Elvis this week at Play in Milford Road. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are £6 on the door or £5 in advance from www.wegottickets.co.uk
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