Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks + Sweet Princess EP
Albums will ship to arrive around March 8, 2024.
Orders from the 4AD webstore will include a puffy sticker pack.
Please note: The Cassette only includes the Boundary Roads and Snacks EP and does not include the Sweet Princess EP tracks.
Dry Cleaning’s first two EPs now remastered on one LP with original artwork and lyric sheet. *
Following two critically acclaimed John Parish-produced studio albums – New Long Leg (2021) and Stumpwork (2022) – South London’s Dry Cleaning take a moment to reflect on their journey and pay homage to their roots with the release of their first two EPs, now remastered and reissued together on one single vinyl that features the original artwork and lyric sheet.
The band’s origin story is as follows. Guitarist Tom Dowse, drummer Nick Buxton, and bassist Lewis Maynard had been friends and musical collaborators for years, and invited mutual friend Florence Shaw – a visual artist, picture researcher and drawing lecturer – to join the band in 2017. With clear musical influences from the Feelies, the Necessaries, the B52s and Pylon, and constrained by the small garage space they rehearsed in, Dry Cleaning were drawn to making simple music; direct and uncomplicated, anything superfluous left behind.
In March 2018, the group recorded their 6-track debut EP Sweet Princess with producer Kristian Craig Robinson in a single day. Two months later, they played their first live show and released the EP in August. Sweet Princess was a thrilling debut, its dizzying and restless instrumentals with Shaw’s sardonic vocals delivering a satirical collage of witty observations and social commentary. A further 6 songs in the form of the Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks EP quickly followed two months after. It was named in tribute to the band’s rehearsal space in Maynard’s family’s home, and to his mother Susan whose home-cooked meals sustained the four friends in between sessions. With singles like ‘Sit Down Meal’ and ‘Viking Hair’, Boundary... is a powerful companion to Sweet Princess. They share a similar pent-up energy, unsurprising given they came to life in the same environment, an environment that had a huge influence on the band during those formative years.
Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks
1 Dog Proposal
2 Viking Hair
4 Jam After School
5 Sombre One
6 Sit Down Meal
8 New Job
9 Magic of Meghan
10 Traditional Fish
11 Phone Scam