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Dry Cleaning

July 9 @ 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM CDT

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Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning’s guitarist Tom Dowse, drummer Nick Buxton, and Lewis Maynard had been friends and musical collaborators for years; at first Dry Cleaning was their latest project, formed after a karaoke night and based out of the little garage next to the house of Maynard’s mum. One day, however, Dowse played some snippets of what they’d been working on after a mutual friend’s exhibition to Florence Shaw, a visual artist, picture researcher, and drawing lecturer. A few days later, she came to his flat armed with a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins’ ‘Fears Of Your Life’ to read over the music and later still started contributing her own words. Before long, she was the group’s frontperson, her dryness, wit, and linguistic acrobatics acting as the perfect counter to the musicians’ taut instrumentals.

Eventually, they produced two thrilling EPs, 2019’s Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks. Buoyed by the universal acclaim they received, the foursome spent more and more of their lives on tour, refining their craft even further. The intensive time they spent together meant they developed a near-psychic knowledge of how to leave space for each other in their songs. On stage, the contrast between the stillness of Shaw and the emphatic energy of Dowse and Maynard became even more pronounced. They swapped influences from Black Sabbath to Augustus Pablo to Yuzo Koshiro as they traveled. “It all absorbed,” says Dowse. “Then when we got back to writing, we felt like we were drawing very organically from a collective palette.”

New songs began to emerge that were bigger, more ambitious, and more complex than before, early iterations of what would eventually make up their exceptional debut album New Long Leg. Take ‘Every Day Carry’’s psychedelic meltdown, for example, the lurching and dramatic ‘Unsmart Lady’ or the dizzy melancholy of ‘Leafy.’ “We’ve grown in confidence, just the reassurance of knowing there’s an audience interested,” says Shaw.

 

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Details

Date:
July 9
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:45 PM CDT
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.summerfest.com/artist/dry-cleaning

Venue

Summerfest
200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Phone:
(414) 273-2680
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