Dry River Yacht Club

You’ll need a minute to take in everything you see onstage before Dry River Yacht Club begins to play — bassoons, violins, clarinets, and French horns aren’t exactly staples for “indie” acts (not since the 1800s, anyway). Once the instruments are fired up, it won’t take you more than a few seconds to realize you’re 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 moment’s 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 don’t 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


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