Dry Riser claimed to be Hamilton's first reggae band. They had an eleven-piece line up that was heavy on the up-beat and funk.
Dry Riser was formed in 1989 by Steven Perdia (ex-Pieces of Cod) and Gary Clarkson. The band played gigs, recorded a couple of songs, and eventually disbanded after two years. Songs included Principles, Where we Started, Salvation, Muffin Song, Goes Like This, Friend of Mine and Burn Babylon Burn.