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.
They released their first full-length album, Self-Titled, in 2017. On 4/20 of 2020 they released their "Dances with Waves" EP produced and engineered by Matt Bayles (Matt has produced Mastodon, The Sword, Pearl Jam, Botch and many more).
In 2023 Dryland entered the hallowed halls of the UNKNOWN studio in Anacortes, WA to record their second full-length album "Weekend in the Swamp". The new LP is Dryland's most sonically diverse recording to date. The songs range from vibraphone interludes and melting pianos, to punishing explosions of drop-tuned guitars. Weekend in the Swamp draws influence across heavy genres, with moments of shoegaze, thrash, stoner rock and bludgeoning doom metal. All the while the vocals maintain the urgent, storytelling style that has become the trademark Dryland sound. More than once the subject of intercourse with astronomical bodies is broached.
"...a rip-roaring trek through fantastic tales in a grand mix of stoner, doom, and hardcore."
Shasta Beast. Stoner Hive
"...full-on Pacific Northwest noise crunch, crashing its waves of riffs and stomping against the shore of your eardrums in demand of as much volume as you’ll give it."
JJ Koczan. The Obelisk
"This is not music for saviors, heroes, or messiahs come shining from the heavens. This is music for tree roots coldly embracing a rib cage; for coral growing hard and sharp in dark water, offering comfort only to eels."
Nicholas Anderson. Nada Mucho
Cervante Pope. The Pit
"Anthemic incantations that inspire memories of early Black Breath."
Phil Bouie, Artist Home
"Each track is full of great heavy tones accentuated with Brad Lockhart's vocals which remind me subtly of some great early 90's noise rock styled vocal deliverance."
Jon Vader. Heavy Planet
"Dryland's live performance was one of the tightest, impassioned, and funnest sets I've ever seen in town."
-Autumn Marceau, What's Up Magazine
"Nothing I like better than heavy bass and drums backing chunky, driving guitar riffs and Dryland holds it down all night long. The lyrics are exceptional, it’s nice to hear some stories being told for once."
-Jeffery McNulty, The Seattle Passive Aggressive
"Dryland bring pure punk-inspired stoner rock to the masses."
-Brett R, Another Metal Review Podcast
Bands with whom we have shared the stage:
Red Fang, Big Business, Helms Alee, Whores, Castle, Lozen, Melancholia, Wild Powwers, R.I.P., Filth Is Eternal, Thunderpussy, Mount Saturn, Mos Generator, Voycheck, Earth Control, Tacos!, Year of the Cobra, Noah Landis and Scott Kelly (Neurosis), [b r a c k e t s], CAGES, Melancholia, DeathCave, Serpent Sun, Mem// Brane, Twin Void, Deathchant, Kadabra, Wet Temple, Flesh Produce, Chrome Lakes, Ceras, Githyanki, Gaytheist, Gold Sweats, Monsterwatch, X Suns