Unexpected new music discoveries at SXSW are what make South By so damn great. Sure, there will always be “events” like this that add to the excitement, but there’s nothing like seeing something new that you instantly dig that you didn’t know anything about going in. This year for me that band was Dry The River. I stumbled on to them on Saturday afternoon at Klub Krucial and the five piece immediately grabbed me. Fronted by the very charismatic Pete Liddle, the London based five piece have been inevitably compared to Mumford, however Dry The River have a bit more of an “edge” to them and once their pastoral, folksy story songs take off, they go to places Mumford don’t. Liddle managed to exhibit some transcendent Jeff Buckley-esque moments during the show and the band put on a high energy, completely captivating performance. Videos, music below.
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