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Based out of East London, Dry the River -- who have drawn comparisons to Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Noah and the Whale -- was formed as a solo vehicle for Norwegian born singer/songwriter Peter Liddle, who described the band's sound as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band." Liddle, who draws much of his lyrical inspiration from medicine and anthropology, the two subjects that were the focus of his time at University, eventually recruited Matt Taylor (guitar), Scott Miller (bass), Will Harvey (violin), and Jon Warren (drums) to round out the project, and landed a record deal with Transgressive in 2009. Well-reviewed performances at Glastonbury and South by Southwest garnered additional industry attention, and by the end of 2011, the group had cut their debut EP with National producer Peter Katis. The band's first full-length studio outing, Shallow Bed, arrived the following year.
Dry the River are an English folk-rock band, formed in the Stratford district of East London in 2009.
They played their first headline show at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London, in April 2010. Since this time, the band have toured extensively in the United Kingdom, as well as worldwide, including Europe and North America.
After two extended plays and significant early radio support from BBC Introducing, the band signed to Transgressive Records in 2010.
They released their debut single, "No Rest", in March 2011.
The band's subsequent run of UK festivals in 2011 included the Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape Festival, the iTunes Festival, the Latitude Festival, Summer Sundae, the Green Man Festival, Bestival, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
They were on the long list on the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll. Paul Lester compared them in The Guardian to fellow Londoners Mumford & Sons, commenting that the group "offer a glimpse of the pastoral with their infectious semi-acoustic ditties".
The band recorded their debut album, Shallow Bed, on analogue in the United States in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with producer Peter Katis. Katis had previously worked with Interpol, Jónsi and The National. The album was released in the UK on 5 March 2012, and in the US on 17 April 2012.
During 2012, they played festival shows throughout Europe, including the Roskilde Festival, the Underage Festival, 2000 Trees, and Open'er Festival, as well as North American festivals, including the Sasquatch Festival, Lollapalooza 2012 and the Austin City Limits Festival.
In November 2012, Dry The River released a limited edition beer, brewed with Signature Brew, called Mammoth.
An acoustic version of Shallow Bed was released by download only on 17 December 2012.
The band plan to record a second album in January 2013.
They are managed by Stephen Budd and Al Lavelle.