The Dryland Band is the evolution of the singer-songwriter genre. What sets the Dryland Band apart is a twist on traditional instrumentation. Imagine the intimacy of a campfire ballad fused with tribal percussion, sax, violin, and guitars…now turn it up! This instrumentation provides a rich sonic palette that conjures subtle elements of many styles. The result is a fresh new sound.
Since the Dryland Bands’ inception in the spring of 2010, they’ve had many great opportunities to share their music. Here are some highlights:
Open Sky Music Festival, August 28, 2011
Boonstock, June 2010 & 2011
Merge Magazine Cover, May 2011. Also performed for the Merge Magazine relaunch party May 27, 2011
May 7, 2011 Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Contest Finalist for Charlie’s Song
October 29, 2010 Balcony TV video
Fronting this band is the amazing Matt Landry. As former front man for Tupelo Honey, Matt is no stranger to success. His vocals are featured on the following albums: Tupelo Honey EP (2006), September Sessions EP (2007), Machines & Robots EP (2008). His incredible voice tops off this line up of industry vets including Cody Nouta (guitar) whose credits include touring/playing with The Kings of Leon, Matthew Good and Gavin Rossdale. John Calverley (violin) has performed with industry greats Alfie Zappacosta, Lisa Hewitt, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and many others. He also recorded music for The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. Rounding out this line up are twin brothers Lex (percussion) and Sylvain (sax) Arseneau bringing the conga rhythms of Brazil and the smokey vibe of an old jazz club. Scott Banks (drums) studied music at the University of Manitoba and has been playing with a variety of bands in Edmonton for the past 25 years, including most recently The JFR Project. Last but not least is Andy Arsenal (bass) holding up the back line.
Their attitude, drive and passion for music make them one of the best up and coming Alt-Folk bands to come out of Edmonton.