Dry Cleaning - Glastonbury 2022

Dry Cleaning - the new kids on the block.

Dry Cleaning – Live At Glastonbury 2022 – Past Daily Soundbooth: Festival Edition

Dry Cleaning - Glastonbury 2022
Dry Cleaning – the new kids on the block.

Dry Cleaning – Live At Glastonbury 2022 – Recorded June 24, 2022 – BBC 6 Music –

Dry Cleaning, one of the surprises at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Together only a short while (2018) and with a debut album released in April of 2021, Dry Cleaning have been getting good word-of-mouth in the press and at the string of gigs they’ve been performing since the world more-or-less returned from lockdown.

When Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse and Nick Buxton – old friends whose previous bands had crossed paths in London united to start a new band together in 2017, they did so with the intention of doing so for fun. Rehearsing from the garage at Maynard’s mothers house, the trio spent the next few months writing the songs that would ultimately become Dry Cleaning.

Vocalist Florence Shaw had met Tom Dowse around 2010 at the Royal College of Art where they both were students, and quickly became friends.

Convincing Shaw to join the band took months. The rest of the band members invited her to one of their rehearsals. Drummer Nick Buxton told Shaw she could just talk instead of sing and gave her a playlist that included Grace Jones’ Private Life and other similar tracks. She finally accepted and went into rehearsal with “writing from my old drawings, stuff I’d written on my phone, diaries, things I’d seen in adverts and thought were funny” — and read aloud as the other three played their instruments around her. She recalls this moment “like when you see those cheesy films about bands, and they’re writing the hit, and there’s a magic moment.”

The band released their debut single, “Magic of Meghan” in 2019. Shaw wrote the song after going through a break-up and moving out of her former partner’s apartment the same day that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they were engaged. This was followed by the release of two EPs that year: Sweet Princess in August and Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks in October. The band were included as part of the NME 100 of 2020, as well as DIY magazine’s Class of 2020.

The band signed to 4AD in late 2020 and shared a new single, “Scratchcard Lanyard”. In February 2021, the band shared details of their debut studio album, New Long Leg. They also shared the single “Strong Feelings”. The album, which was produced by John Parish, was released on 2 April 2021.

A few weeks ago, the band announced a new single, “Don’t Press Me”, which premiered on BBC Radio 6 Music on June 14. That same day they announced their second album Stumpwork, scheduled to be released on October 21, 2022. As with their debut, the album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, and produced by John Parish.

New faces and sounds to be on the look out for.

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