Dry Cleaning brings their inimitable spoken-vocals-meets-post-punk sound to Meltdown festival.
Hailing from South London, Dry Cleaning’s origin story is already the stuff of legend.
The band was formed in 2017 by friends Tom Dowse, Nick Buxton and Lewis Maynard, after a karaoke party.
They wrote instrumentally for six months until Florence Shaw, a visual artist, lecturer and picture researcher with no prior musical experience, turned up to a band rehearsal with a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins’ Fears Of Your Life to read out over the music.
Shaw quickly became the fourth member and frontperson, delivering her own lyrics as deadpan spoken vocals.
At this performance, hear music from the band’s debut LP, New Long Leg (2021), which includes their hit single ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’, as well as tracks from earlier EPs Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks.
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