Am I a Dry the River superfan yet?
I’m actually not sure I want to be, I can’t think of anything worse than being known to people in a band for just always being there. Going to a gig is a really weird concept, if you think about it, you’re essentially going out to stand in a dark room to watch people perform, something about that has never really sat right – that being said, it’s still something I enjoy doing, and I’m super proud to proclaim to anyone who’ll listen that I’ve seen Dry the River nine times in the last two years.
South Street Arts was a great venue to see them in and brought me back to seeing them at The Cricketers all those months ago – a little bigger though, as the band didn’t have to carry their equipment back out through the crowd once they’d finished. It was great to see them in a small space again is I guess what I’m trying to say, with no barriers so (say, if I was creepy) I could have touched them.
They sounded as amazing as they always do, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they always sound better live. I mean, their album is one of my favourites but it’s incomparable to their live shows, they’re heavier and it just feels like they’re putting out a little more. They played a couple more new songs than the last time we saw them, and I like them all, I just want physical copies so I can get to know them as well as I know the ones on Shallow Bed.
I was very impressed with their support too, a guy called Matt who plays under the name Big Fin. He gave me major ‘first time I saw Dry the River’ feels, I was just blown away by his voice, it’s beautiful. Without meaning to sound judgemental it was a little unexpected from an awkward beardy man who I’m pretty sure I had questioned over Steve Zissou-channelling at Dot-to-Dot. He’s usually just Dry the River’s guitar-tech but they finally let him support him and I hope they let him do it again because I’d really love to hear more. His E.P is only four tracks long and for just £4, I’m not complaining, but this guy needs an album.
Sometimes when I take my camera places I do feel a little disjointed, not a good trait to have if you’re a ‘qualified photographer’, this was an example of such a time. It’s all about getting over myself a bit I think though, and I think I managed to get a few good ones
(even if they’re basically the same as last time, I really need to see some other bands).
Totally had a similar picture re-tweeted by the DtR Twitter, until someone chickened out and deleted it.
Not my problem you’re not ready to face your alcoholism…
Maybe nine times is a little excessive but we’ve got to make it a nice round 10 when we see them at Glastonbury in just over a week’s time (eep!). If they weren’t always playing and didn’t sound so good then we wouldn’t always see them – more bands definitely need to be as accessible as these guys, I mean going away for just five months to work on a new album, they don’t waste any time.