SXSW 2015 Interview: Scott Miller and Jon Warren of Dry the River

By on Wednesday, 1st April 2015 at 11:00 am

I spent the Tuesday night of SXSW 2015 at Buffalo Billiards, where Transgressive Records held its 10th Anniversary showcase, featuring among several other bands London folk-rock quartet Dry the River. In the middle of the showcase, between sets by Gengahr and Songhoy Blues, I was able to sit down for a chat with the rhythm section of Dry the River, which comprises bassist Scott Miller and drummer Jon Warren, who previously answered Mary’s Quickfire Questions back in February. (Read their answers here.) I had been told by Dry The River’s manager that Miller and Warren were the “outspoken” members of the band, and his assessment proved to be true in the course of our lively conversation, which is streaming below.

The band were in town for their third SXSW Music Festival, and both Miller and Warren professed a love for Austin as well as an affinity for road-tripping through America while on tour. Dry the River are currently in the middle of a massive touring cycle for their second album ‘Alarms of the Heart’, which will include live dates in Europe as well as a scheduled appearance at Live at Leeds 2015 in May.

During the course of our interview, I asked Miller and Warren about Dry the River’s schedule of shows during SXSW, and they mentioned that they had both full band shows and smaller acoustic sessions lined up for the week. In a rather unfortunate coincidence, I expressed my interest in hearing them play an acoustic set, which is what ended up happening on the night of the Transgressive show when problems with the sound equipment forced them to switch from their full band set up to an impromptu unplugged session. But Dry the River bravely soldiered on, and I was able to hear them play a full set later in the week at the British Music Embassy; watch TGTF for my Thursday night recap, which will include that show. You can read my review of the Tuesday night Transgressive Records showcase right here.

Thanks again to Chris for arranging this interview.

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