Last week Dry The River appeared in Milan during the design week for a small gig at Biko. Their heavy influence of traditional folk and gospel with lyrics steeped in religious iconography is not what you expect from a heavily tattooed bunch of rockers: get to know more about the band’s latest projects with our interview to Peter Liddle


Hi guys, you are back from your your third SXSW Music Festival. Was Austin the coolest place to be?
Hi. Austin is always a fun place to be in our experience! The festival is very intense, but so much fun. Austin is definitely one of the coolest places we’ve been in the United States. Walking down 6th street is a pretty surreal experience when everything is happening. We loved it!

You are in the middle of a massive touring cycle for your second album ‘Alarms of the Heart’n can you tell us more about the album and key highlights?
It took a long time to make the album. We to’d and fro’d quite a lot, in terms of the sound we were trying to achieve, and the actual songs we wanted to put on there.
For me, Vessel and Hope Diamond that close the album are the highlights, as they are the result of hard work!

And your feeling with Iceland, both as place and music inspiration
I am in love with Iceland, it is a truly beautiful place. I enjoy the feeling of isolation there. It feels healthy. I went swimming every morning in the geothermal pools and it makes you feel incredible. But then you have to make an album, and thats kind of hard, when there’s no-one around to encourage you or let you know you’re going down a good or bad path…

Which are the diversities and things you have in common with each member of the band?
Sometimes it feels like similarities start and end with being in the band. Other than that we are all very different people, i think. Everyone has their definite quirks, tastes and interests. It can be conflicting sometimes, especially when trying to agree on a restaurant. That is an absolute nightmare.

How much did the music scene changed since you started?
I think gigs and live music are just as healthy as when we started. Streaming services have come to the fore a bit more since the band started, and thats interesting. When we started, people just didn’t buy records, or stream them. But now there is the streaming option – it needs to be better handled and better structured for artists, but maybe it will be figured out. I hope. I think people are as enthusiastic about alternative music as ever before, which is great.