If you go to local shows on a somewhat regular basis, there's a good chance you've seen Dry River Yacht Club perform at one point. If not, this eclectic eight-person band is worth checking out. French horn, accordion, violins, and bassoon come together to create a gypsy-inspired sound tied together by Garnet's captivating vocals and stage presence.
Descriptions and photos only go so far to explain the band's consistent unbridled, energetic performances. "Dead Mother Dearest," DRYC's latest video, provides a glimpse of the band's tour de force shows. It was recorded live at The Sail Inn thanks to Music Venue Menu, the same group responsible for Mergence's "Me And My Family Vs. The Robots."
Dry River Yacht Club hosts an official music video release party at The Rogue Bar on Thursday, September 8 with Banana Gun, Funk Family Band, Failing To Fly, and Tele Speak. The first 40 guests will receive a free copy of the video.
Watch the official "Dead Mother Dearest" video and read Garnet's explanation of the song after the jump.
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"Writing stories for the wonderful, collaborative music melodies that we write together as the Dry River Yacht Club is a true passion and 'Dear Mother Dearest' has been a true testament to that fact for me. It is the last song in a three part song series inspired by a 'lost' poster I stole in Burbank while on tour with the DRYC a couple summers ago. I didn't feel bad for stealing it. The 'lost' animal was actually found and was dead to boot...a 'found' poster for a dead cat that explicitly said it was being held in a container. What kind of psychosis would create this maddening type of cat person? That sent the wheels spinning (that and getting drunk on absolute while making fun of the poster for a couple hours with the rest of the band). It got me thinking: humans kill cats, cats kill rats, and rats kill humans. After I wrote the first two songs to explain the first two parts of the trifecta, it was time to clue in the reasoning behind the character's cat psychosis.
I pictured a bastard young man whose mother died by household vermin and their filth, probably due to complication brought on by HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome). The only way to avenge her death was to clean out and kill the vermin that were to blame that resided in the house (much like the visuals from the 70's documentary Grey Gardens), By making a pact with a group of stray cats, to forever collect their dead to restore them to the underworld, the young man rids his house of the rats and mice that killed his mother. He is left to forever walk the earth finding and placing the bodies and souls of lost cats. The verses are the back and forth dialogue of the orphaned son and the head cat Kitty, with the narrator coming in and out during choruses and verses. The live recording of 'Dear Mother Dearest' at The Rogue Bar for our EP makes me excited to get back in the studio to eventually track down this song, and the other two, that complete the full story."