They played their first headline show at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London, in April 2010. Since this time, the band have toured extensively in the United Kingdom, as well as worldwide, including Europe and North America.
After two extended plays and significant early radio support from BBC Introducing, the band signed to Transgressive Records in 2010.
They released their debut single, “No Rest”, in March 2011.
The band’s subsequent run of UK festivals in 2011 included the Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape Festival, the iTunes Festival, the Latitude Festival, Summer Sundae, the Green Man Festival, Bestival, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
In March 2011 the band created a charity t-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for Asylum Aid; an organization that provides specialist legal representation and advice to people seeking asylum in the UK. They also filmed a four part video series called the “YBP Wilderness Sessions”, to promote the release of the shirt.
They were on the long list on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Paul Lester compared them in The Guardian to fellow Londoners Mumford & Sons, commenting that the group “offer a glimpse of the pastoral with their infectious semi-acoustic ditties”.
The band recorded their debut album, Shallow Bed in the United States in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with producer Peter Katis. Katis had previously worked with Interpol, Jónsi and The National. The album was released in the UK on 5 March 2012, and in the US on 17 April 2012.
During 2012, they played festival shows throughout Europe, including the Roskilde Festival, the Underage Festival, 2000 Trees, Pohoda Festival and Open’er Festival, as well as North American festivals, including the Sasquatch Festival, Lollapalooza 2012 and the Austin City Limits Festival.
In November 2012, Dry The River released a limited edition beer, brewed with Signature Brew, called Mammoth.
An acoustic version of Shallow Bed was released by download only on 17 December 2012.
The band recorded their second album in Iceland in early 2013, to be released later in the year.
In February 2014, Dry the River announced on their Facebook page that violinist William Harvey had departed the band in order to pursue other projects.
On June 16th of 2014, Dry the River announced via Facebook that their second album, titled Alarms in the Heart, will be released August 25th and that it will be supported by a UK Autumn tour.
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