It’s hard to read about contemporary folk bands these days without mention of the words “Mumford” and “Sons” but Dry The River and their debut record Shallow Bed more than stand up to the big boys of the new folk scene. They have a darker edge to their songs which drives them away from the “Little Lion Man” chanting masses.
The album has a more American- based sound to it. Taking the best parts of Fleet Foxes and possibly a bit of The Decemberists along for the ride. Peter Liddle’s vocals are haunting and extremely powerful. Especially on the track “No Rest” the lyrics “I loved you in the bed, I loved you in the best way possible” are hammered home. You really believe in what he is singing. The band as well are a stunning congregation of skilled musicians Will Harvey (violin) and Jon Warren (drums) Matt Taylor (guitar) and Scott Miller (bass) really add something each: on an individual basis and to the collective sound that makes Dry The River so impressive.
The album is a bold statement from a new band that is demanding to be taken seriously. They are currently dragging themselves across America on a huge nationwide tour. Proving that their appeal is not solely grounded in this country. They are band with big ambitions, a stunning album and a growing fan base. New folk heroes indeed.