Dry the River frontman Peter Liddle describes his band’s sound as “folky gospel music played by a post-punk band.” That may sound like a pretty wide range of influneces for a band, but when you hear song’s like “New Ceremony,” off of their debut LP Shallow Bed you can see where Liddle is coming from.
Dry the River balances the raw energy and emotion of a punk band with the beautiful, delicate melodies of folk. A rousing track with impeccably lush, string laden production, “New Ceremony” signals Dry the River to be one of the hot new bands in the British nu-folk movement.
During the song, Liddle’s falsetto vocals start out gently but rises to a climatic cry for help when he sings “I know it’s gotta stop, love, but I don’t know how.” It’s a powerful moment, and one that shows how big this band can go.
As a bonus, check out their excellent new video for “New Ceremony”:
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