Fancy a look at Dry Cleaning at Hyde Park Book Club?

South London four-piece Dry Cleaning hit the road this month for a run of UK tour dates, including a show in Leeds.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:26 pm

The band on many people's ones to watch list for 2020 will be appearing at the Hyde Park Book Club on Saturday, February 15.

Dry Cleaning go for a simple, direct and uncomplicated post-punk sound, which is the product of influence from The Feelies, The Necessaries, B52s, Pylon and an intimate garage/rehearsal space.

Two EPs down, including 2019’s ‘Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks’, a collection of chapter marking songs named after the location and context of a shared genesis, the band have become a must hear for fans of Working Mens Club, Pottery and Squid with this year set to be a vital year for Dry Cleaning.

Dry Cleaning.

Firm friends for years, the band (Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse, Florence Shaw and Nick Buxton) only started making music after a party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with and six months later Shaw, a university lecturer and picture researcher by day, joined on vocals with no prior musical experience. They recorded their debut “Sweet Princess” EP before playing their first show in 2018.

A discussion among the four band members about how to make the prospect of performing as comfortable as possible for Florence (a first timer) ahead of the band’s first rehearsal as a four piece, led to her using her speaking voice. There were several references for this; Will Powers, The Anaemic Boyfriends and Grace Jones, among others.

"Sweet Princess" saw the band arrive fully-formed, and in the brief two months or so since a debut single - their paean to Meghan Markle, "Magic of Meghan" - landed, the band have seen significant international press and radio support, including a 7.8 for the EP at Pitchfork and playlisting at 6 Music. Additionally, Stereogum has named them a band to watch.