Who Are You?: We chat to Dry Cleaning

Somewhere between the full length interviews in our print mag, you’ll find a section called ‘Who Are You?’. It’s our place to introduce brand new bands who we feel should be on your radar. They’re currently playing tiny rooms but we don’t think that’ll be the case for long.

Whilst the print edition only has room for a few questions, we like to post the full interview online alongside their latest releases for you to dig in to. In Issue Twenty-One we sent over the basics to London’s Dry Cleaning who have just released their debut single ‘Magic of Meghan’, a thank you song to the Duchess of Sussex. The track comes off of debut EP ‘Sweet Princess’ which will be available on 16th August. Get to know the band a little better below.

Can you tell us who you are, where you’re from and about the music you make?

We’re called Dry Cleaning and we’re from South London. The music we play is post-punk with a slight Americana edge to it. It’s quite rocking but minimal with a mostly-spoken vocal. 

What’s special about where you’re from? Has it inspired your music?

South London is a friendly place. Lots of the words in our songs come from things heard or read out and about. 

How did you find each other?

We’ve been friends for a long time.

What led you to form a band? A particular happening or mutual love for a record or sound?

A few of us sung Minerva by Deftones together at karaoke and a mutual respect for each other’s musicianship was born. The only real goal was to have something simple, fun to play and be good live. 

Can you tell us something that you collectively really love?

Chicken nuggets.

Who Are You? Issue Twenty-One

Can you tell us something that you collectively hate?

We don’t like rudeness.

Can you tell us the story behind one of your songs?

‘Spoils’ is about not minding if someone gives away the ending of a TV programme you are watching. Sometimes, in life, it can be nice to know what’s going to happen.

What can we be excited for (from you) over the next 12 months?

Our first EP, ‘Sweet Princess’ is coming out soon. Then we’re doing a mini tour throughout August. Come and say hi.

Dry Cleaning play Latitude Festival later this month on the Alcove Stage.

We’ve added ‘Magic of Meghan’ to The So Young List on Spotify which you can find here. Issue Twenty-One is available in online and in print here.