Bellingham, Washington based stoner/doom/hardcore punk act Dryland has just unveiled the first single »A Dying Thing« taken from their upcoming album »Weekend In The Swamp«.
“Dryland formed in the fall of 2014. Members Brad, Clapper, Ryan, Hollie and Aaron are here to play you some loud, long, crunchy songs full of thunderous riffs and epic, storytelling lyrics.”
Formed in 2014 from Pacific Northwest heavy-hitters Black Eyes & Neckties and Leatherhorn, Dryland is not a myth. Through catchy, driving riffs riding a cloud of crunch, Dryland will guide the listener along a journey to populate the sun in a distant plane once inhabited by the Crab People, now ruled by the Moss Lord.
Dryland exists somewhere in the space between Motörhead, Nick Cave, Red Fang, Danzig, and of course, Black Sabbath. Your mom will probably like them despite not liking “that kind of music.”
They released their first self-titled full-length album in 2017. In December of 2018, Dryland entered the studio with producer + engineer Matt Bayles, the sonic wizard behind artists like Mastodon, The Sword, Pearl Jam and Isis. Tracking for a new EP began at the Hall of Justice, the same Seattle studio that birthed Nirvana’s »Bleach« and Mudhoney’s »Superfuzz Bigmuff«. The mixture of Bayles’ modern metal production with the caveman rock of grunge’s yesteryear are set to collide on this new monumental recording.
Photo by Tommy Calderon
These four new songs continue where self-titled left off, ushering the audience on a journey through desolate landscapes and across treacherous seas. Vocalist Brad Lockhart indulges in describing these shifty worlds in great detail. From the dusty bone altars of »No Celestial Hope« to the decaying stone towers of »Between The Testaments«, the thunderous guitar riffs and furious drum beats will aid the audience on their trek. From the outset these anthems appear to be just another example of medieval fanfare. But it’s the ardent calls to action that resonate with the listener, namly to “Love what you can, while you can” because even in Lockhart’s fabled world, life is precious.
Brad Lockhart – Vocals
Ryan Clapper – Guitars
Ryan Greer – Guitars
Hollie Huthman – Bass
Noah Burns – Drums