The Bowery Presents: Dry The River w/ Horse Thief Saturday March 14 The Earl 9pm Doors // $10 ADV Tix: http://bit.ly/DryTheRiverATL Twitter: @drytheriver Dry the River - http://www.drytheriver.net/ London, UK quartet Dry the River — whose early work drew comparisons to Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and others in the folk-rock oeuvre — 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) 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 producer Peter Katis (The National). The band's first full-length studio outing "Shallow Bed" arrived the following year, and appearances at SXSW and Lollapalooza plus critical acclaim cemented interest among US indie-rock enthusiasts. Their second album "Alarms In The Heart", released on August 25th, is bold, expansive, confident and cohesive – an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume from their debut. Produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran), Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand) and Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Futures, The King Blues) with arrangements and strings from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Björk), the album also features the guest vocal of The Delgados' Emma Pollock on "Roman Candle." The band will embark on a UK headline tour in October as well as North American dates following a number of festival shows over the summer, including appearances at Glastonbury and the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds. Horse Thief Horse Thief is a purveyor of a panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic, the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with frontman Cameron Neal's lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result evokes the wide-open spaces of America's Midwest but infuses the sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions. Originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips' management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was conceived at Horse Thief's Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, "to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma", and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality. The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is "finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I've struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there's always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them." "Fear in Bliss" available now.
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