“I think it’s important to separate yourself from the world when you’re making a record,” says Dry the River frontman Peter Liddle in the opening of the mini-documentary behind the making of their new album. “Being away from everyone and everything,” continued Liddle, “that really just multiplied the sense of alienation and being inside the record. To some degree I was aware that the whole process was going to be quite intense.” The UK indie-rockers will release their anticipated sophomore album Alarms in the Heart on August 25th via Transgressive Records/PIAS and the short film gives listeners a look behind the isolation the band endured in order to get the sound they were searching for.
The short film premiered exclusively on PopMatters.
“Recording in Iceland was about shutting ourselves off from our daily lives and our heavy touring schedule to rediscover what Dry the River means to us,” says Liddle of the film. “We suspected it would be some kind of otherworldly experience, and it was: beautiful and alien, lonely and taxing but ultimately rewarding. The end product, Alarms in the Heart, is so heavily engrained with that process, that strange location and the experience of being there, that you have to take the two together. We took our old friend Jake Dypka to open a window on to the story, and this 10 minute documentary is the result.”
Paste Magazine premiered the video for second single “Everlasting Light” calling it “artfully shot with bursts of color over a pop-fueled beat.”
Dry the River also announced a nationwide US tour for the fall of 2014 with special guest Nathaniel Rateliff which includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City. The band will embark on a UK headlining tour in October as well following a number of festival shows over the summer, including appearances at Glastonbury and the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds. BBC caught their performance of “Everlasting Light” at Glastonbury.
As the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Shallow Bed, the new album features a more expansive, bold, and cohesive sound to mark an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume. Alarms in the Heart was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran), Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand) and Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Futures, The King Blues) with arrangements and strings from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Björk). The album also features the guest vocal of The Delgados’ Emma Pollock on “Roman Candle.”
Vevo unveiled the first single off the album titled “Gethsemane.”
Pre-order for Alarms in the Heart is now available via iTunes and Amazon and includes “Gethsemane” and “Everlasting Light” as instant grat.
10/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
10/24 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
10/26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
10/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/01 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11/02 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
11/04 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live – Upstairs
11/07 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
* all dates feature special guest Nathaniel Rateliff
Alarms in the Heart Track List:
1. Alarms in the Heart
2. Hidden Hand
3. Roman Candle
4. Med School
5. It Was Love That Laid Us Low
7. Everlasting Light
10. Hope Diamond