Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess compiled together, the first two EP releases from London's Dry Cleaning on vinyl.
DINKED EDITION No. 30
• Pressed on transparent with black splatter coloured, heavyweight vinyl.
• Custom sticker set.
• Signed by the band.
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 acclaimed debut 'Sweet Princess' EP before playing their first show only last year. 'Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks' takes its name from the location and context of a shared genesis, and marks a significant chapter for the band as the last tracks to be written in their original rehearsal space. The collection features the singles ‘Magic of Meghan’ and ’Sit Down Meal’.
Following a period of fervent activity from the band who, despite having no music online, have already seen significant interest, as early headline shows and a tour in support of NYC's Bodega quickly marked out Dry Cleaning as possessing something entirely different from the rest of the pack - their wiry, excitable post-punk and new-wave paired as it is to surreal, detached vocal narratives in the form of a predominantly spoken word delivery.
When they started they knew they wanted to make simple music, direct and uncomplicated. The musical influences were clear - the Feelies, the Necessaries, the B52s and Pylon as a starting point. The garage / rehearsal space had a huge influence on the sound as it was so small and intimate; anything unnecessary was to be left behind.
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.
1. Dog Proposal
2. Viking Hair
4. Jam After School
5. Sombre One
6. Sit Down Meal
2. New Job
3. Magic of Meghan
4. Traditional Fish
5. Phone Scam
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