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.