Compelling folk-rock from breakout UK combo
Dry The River
Ghosts I've Met, Blind Bartimaeus
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 21 and over
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.
Ghosts I've Met
GHOSTS I'VE MET is the project of Michigan born songwriter Sam Watts.
The group was formed by Watts in Seattle, Washington along with guitarist Ben Blankenship and cellist Brent Arnold both formerly of Modest Mouse. In 2010 they released their first collection of songs, an E.P entitled "Payphone Patience" which featured the drumming of Michael Lerner (The Antlers) and piano work from Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five). The EP was released on Canadian folk label Yerbird Records.
In 2011 Ghosts I've Met released their first full-length vinyl album also on Yerbird, entitled "From A Spark" which features guitarist Bill Patton (Fleet Foxes, J.Tillman) as well as Jenna Conrad (Damien Jurado). The album was on Seattle's KEXP radio charts for months and warranted an in-studio performance at the station. In 2011 Ghosts I've Met opened shows for Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dolorean, Pearly Gate Music and The Antlers.
In November 2011 the band self-released an EP entitled "The Light Opera" which remained in the top 10 of the charts at Seattle's KEXP for 8 weeks, and spent three of those weeks at #1. This striking collection of songs again features the work of guitarist Bill Patton and Seattle's golden girl drummer Faustine Hudson (Pearly Gate Music, The Young Evils). Recorded in one week in a cabin near Leavenworth, Washington the organic flow and subtle energy reflected on this EP exemplifies the diversity of Watts' song writing capabilities and the adaptability of the group.
In spring 2012 Ghosts I've Met recorded a Daytrotter Session at The Horseshack Studios, the renowned web resource for discovering up and coming indie bands, and on April 13th 2012 NPR named Ghosts I've Met's "Dark Blue Sound" their Song of the Day.
"In 'Dark Blue Sound,' distant but thunderous drumbeats occasionally punctuate the proceedings like raindrops, but Watts' weary, tender words and melodies deliver the clearest devastation — the heartbreaking calm after a turbulent storm." -npr.org
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