Dry The River

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PopGun Presents

Dry The River

White Birds, Papertwin

Jan 30

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


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Dry The River
Dry The River
Dry the River formed in spring 2009. Based in a shared two-bedroom house in Stratford, east London the five came together via circuitous geographical and musical routes.

From singer-songwriter Peter Liddle, born in Norway and drawing narrative inspiration from university studies in medicine and anthropology, to once homeless drummer Jon Warren, with his background playing in DIY punk bands, via classically trained violinist Will Harvey, the band are a diverse bunch.

Musically the back-history is no less intriguing, with the band citing an esoteric list of influences - Leonard Cohen, At The Drive-In, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Neutral Milk Hotel , Bruce Springsteen and Devendra Banhart.

Since 2009 the band have lived and worked in their east London house, an ideal set –up, allowing them the freedom to work when they like. So by June of the same year they had self- released their first single - The Chambers & Valves EP was a limited download-only single that was live tracked in just two days.

The EP proved to be the catalyst; the last 18-months have seen the band play extensively supporting the likes of the Magic Numbers, Johnny Flynn, Plan B and Two Door Cinema Club and make their first festival appearances at last year's Glastonbury (BBC Introducing), Big Chill and Standon Calling.

By late 2010 the band had picked up enough momentum via the likes of a sold-out headline slot at both London's Luminaire and Lexington and much-watched Black Cab and watchlistentell sessions to be offered a publishing deal by Transgressive (Foals, Mystery Jets, Graham Coxon), which in turn saw the band release their first single 'proper' earlier this year via the Transgressive label.

New Ceremony was released in March and saw the band pick up support from Radio 1, 6Music, NME, XFM, The Fly, Sunday Times and Clash. Produced by James Kenosha, the limited 7" sold-out on pre-order.

Early 2011 saw the band play some rapturously received shows at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas (hailed by NME as one of the highlights of the week), announce a headline show at London's Bush Hall and begin recording their debut album, due for release later this year, with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) in his Connecticut home-studio.
White Birds
White Birds
White Birds, a visual signifier of the end of conflict, and also the name of a band that found its genesis in just that conflict. Upon splitting their former troupe Drink Up Buttercup, James Harvey, Farzard Houshiarnejad and Mike Cammarata regrouped and sought peace musically. They dialed down the aggression and found a pensive, somber tone to soundtrack the parallel breakdown of Harvey’s relationship – something that dissolved at an equal rate to the crystallization of the songwriting that will become White Birds debut LP. The staggering vocals and memorable hooks remain, but the band has taken their music to a new place.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, this band has been creating music since 2009. New wave vocals, and a mix of dream pop, Brit pop and shoegaze combine to make the sound that is Papertwin. The heavy usage of synthesizers informs their sonic foundation while translucent, crystalline vocals etch a distinguishing clarity to their sound. Often known for creating an airy, cloud-like atmosphere, the rhythmic presence of electronic drums bespeckled with bombarding fills points more clearly to the eras of 80's synthpop and 90's industrial.
Max Decker (guitar, vocals and songwriter), along with Francis Cardinale (drums), Nick Shopa, (keyboard) and Justin Michael Miller (bass), inspire dense yet bright, and robust melodic mixes, as evidenced in their self-produced debut album, Porcelain.

Decker, a schooled painter and artist whose work can be seen on the cover of the Porcelain EP, rekindled his musical passions after attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He continued to paint vivid images and heartfelt emotions, but this time through the compilation and personification of modest words joined with strong beats and energetic melodies that hit a chord and trigger a can’t-help-but-dance response.

Shortly after Decker began to revisit his musical side, he was quickly joined by high school friend Cardinale in 2009, who also brought Shopa, a classically trained guitarist with a skill for repairing and tuning pianos, with him to command the keyboard. Bassist Justin Miller, a Berklee College of Music alum, music producer and recording engineer, then completed the quartet in 2010.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249