Dry the River plus By Lightning
Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
“I think people are surprised when they see us live,” says Peter Liddle, frontman of Dry the River. “They expect us to be really calm and quiet, but in some ways, we're just the opposite.”
Whatever the expectations, Dry the River is blowing right past them. Even before the release of their debut album, Shallow Bed, the band has been selling out shows, stealing the spotlight at festivals, and earning raves from the critics.
Listing the band as one of the "100 Best Things in the World Right Now," British GQ called the forthcoming album “a masterpiece in the making, packed with catchy riffs and overlaid with lyrical intelligence." The BBC recently highlighted Dry the River as one of the "Sounds of 2012," while Q magazine called the band's music "breathtaking stuff."
They might look like another 21st century folk group, with their beards and acoustic instrumentation (even a violin), but Liddle decribes Dry the River's music as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band." Between their diverse list of influences— Leonard Cohen, Fugazi, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bruce Springsteen, Devendra Banhart—and their backgrounds in hardcore and emo bands, they stake out territory that is truly their own. (As Q put it, Dry the River is "the folk band that thinks it's a rock band.")
Featuring musicians who probably have 70-plus years of Nashville stage experience between them (including Kat Brock and several members of several incarnations of De Novo Dahl), By Lightning! delivers a brilliant, pop-rooted cacophony that’s incredibly engaging. Nashville has a lot of rock bands come and go, but we’re very excited about this one. “
- Nashville Scene, named them Best New Band of 2011