Following two great EPs, Dry Cleaning are set to release their debut album this week via 4AD. With the band's 2020 tour canceled by the pandemic one city in, they had more time to work on songs and experiment, and the resulting record -- made with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding) at Wales' Rockfield Studios during lockdown -- finds the band expanding their unique sound that mixes often heavy post-punk-leaning backing with Florence Shaw's deadpan spoken word style that details life's mundanities, humiliations and heartbreaks. New Long Leg features sparser, more fluid arrangements that work more than ever in tandem with Shaw's words. You can listen to a few songs off the album below.
We asked Dry Cleaning to tell us about the influences behind the record and the whole band -- Shaw, guitarist Tom Dowse, drummer Nick Buxton, and Lewis Maynard have given us a list of 10 inspirations, including albums, musicians, other artists, gear, video games, basements, and more. It's a very Dry Cleaning list, complete with great commentary for each item. Read that below.