Youll need a minute to take in everything you see onstage before Dry River Yacht Club begins to play bassoons, violins, clarinets, and French horns arent exactly staples for indie acts (not since the 1800s, anyway). Once the instruments are fired up, it wont take you more than a few seconds to realize youre listening to something unique. Beyond the smattering of random instruments, DRYC have the ability to create an array of sounds that can either dovetail seamlessly or form layers. They can stir a whirlwind of emotion and collapse neatly at a moments notice, dialing dial up and down the intensity as necessary. In the space of a single track, like Broken Back, the sound shifts from Johnny Cash to symphony to the Middle East. It fits and it makes perfect sense, but dont spend too much time trying to figure out how or why. After a successful pair of shows at SxSW, Dry River Yacht Club report that they have been at work on their first full-length album. But is there a studio big enough for all those instruments?
Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., 2009