LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15

February 26th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a reunion plus. After an extended hiatus, the three Dryer cohorts – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – have recently returned to the Local 518 spotlight… with a new addition: guitarist Brian Akey, formerly of Winterpills.

And given that the show was at the folk haven Caffe Lena, you might have imagined that they’d be strumming acoustic guitars and tapping away on bongos. But oh no, not these guys. Plugged in and rockin’, Dryer returned to the Caffe stage for the first in two decades, and they were armed with some smart golden oldie tunes that they hadn’t played in a long, long time. And some hot, brand spankin’ new tunes, too.

Now the question is, “Where will the newly expanded Dryer pop up next?”

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FIVE FIRSTS: Bob Carlton of Dryer

December 26th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Dryer: Bob Carlton, Joel Lilley, Brian Akey, Rachel Sunday

NAME: Bob Carlton
INSTRUMENT: Fender Jaguar/Golden Pipes

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Queen’s The Game and The Best of Doctor Demento. Bought them with money I got for my birthday. I remember my dad asking, “Are you sure?” – and then suggested I put the Queen album back.

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LIVE: Dryer @ Putnam Den, 2/17/12

March 22nd, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dryer's Bob Carlton

Dryer's Bob Carlton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Saratoga Springs indie-rock trio Dryer – who first formed in 1993 – reunited in 2010 after eight years apart. A disastrous 2002 tour and personal squabbles among guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley had contributed to the band’s initial painful demise.

But the band – who were on producer Dominick Campana’s local Paint Chip Records back in the ‘90s – put their differences aside two years ago when New Jersey’s Fake Chapter record label offered to release a digital compilation called “Strut and Fret” of out-of-print Dryer songs. Label head Mike Gilligan convinced the band to get back together to support the release, and Dryer dusted off their instruments for a reunion show at Saratoga’s Putnam Den in April of 2010.

Since then, the band’s gigs have been somewhat rare, including a November performance last year at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City for Fake Chapter’s 15th anniversary. And a month ago, Dryer returned to Putnam Den for a free show with vaunted Albany indie outfit Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and Skidmore College party band Houseboat.

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