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Viva Phx Q & A: Dry River Yacht Club

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The wickedly talented, one and only Dry River Yacht Club will perform at Cityscape‘s Urban Outfitters tonight at 7 P.M. for a free pre-festival show and will call up spirits with its gypsy rock on March 7 at 11 P.M. on Viva Phx‘s Hotel San Carlos stage. The beloved local act is fresh off the release of El Tigre, and will play SXSW and several other shows in the coming months.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with Fred Reyes, Henri Benard and Kristilyn Woods of Dry River Yacht Club…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Fred Reyes: Primus at the Hollywood Palladium. It was the Brown Album tour. I was with my brother Rick and his friend Art (a member of one of my favorite groups The Apex Theory), and I just remember walking in and thinking this place is awesome! The venue was great, and packed full of people who came to have a great time and mosh. It was a lineup of some bands I hadn’t heard before, I was there for Primus and only Primus would do, but the openers Limp Bizkit and Powerman 5000 definitely came to play. Primus killed it, they opened with “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers” and the bass was palpable.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Henri Benard: Tough to choose…it’s not a drummer (sadly). I really would say Bob Marley or MJ. Not only are they some of the most influential musicians on the planet, “in my opinion” (that’s for Freddy), they made people move with their music, and not just dance. They healed with their words, their spirits…they laid hands on the people! They were the definition of true musical leaders and I just loved what their work did to people’s hearts. We need some softening of the hearts again like those days.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Henri Benard: The very first time I played I am sure was for my parents. Pots, pans, and wooden spoons baby, according to my momma. I think the first official concert was fourth grade band on clarinet. I just remember being hyped, laughing with my friends, and thinking Ms. Dubenksy was too uptight about music and forgot that we were kids. LOL.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Fred Reyes: We definitely have our producer in Craig Schumacher, we love that guy! But if we could some how work with Dan the Automator that would be a DREAM come true!

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
Kristilyn Woods is a Doctorate of Bassoon of the Woodwind family. So she is Dr. Woods.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Henri Benard: Riding my bicycle around downtown, seeing a friendly face or a few, some stretching, teaching and practicing drums out of my house and at the School of Rock (Dr. Woods and I work together) in Scottsdale, outreach coordinating for The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and plotting more moves for DRYC with Fred. And when the stars align so bright, I even get to see my girlfriend at night. 🙂

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
MJ. When get sick of MJ, we just don’t are not listening to anything but the wind.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Kristilyn Woods: Walking around the house singing “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR but singing, “there’s a bathroom on the right.” I was convinced those were the lyrics and I was belting it out really loud and my mom never corrected because she thought it was hilarious.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
Henri Benard: Oh wow…there are so many amazing fans who I personally have crossed paths with, but I think the nicest thing a fan has ever given to me would be a six-year-old fan who gave me a pair of custom drum sticks that said “Henri Rules.” Straight up floored me.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
It was produced by Craig Shumacher (KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Calexico, DeVotchka, Sergio Mendoza) and it was recorded at Wavelab Studios in Tucson.

Xperience you will never forget.
Being a part of Dry River Yacht Club. This band has changed everyone’s lives at this point, and that’s “in my opinion”.

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