Dry Cleaning Announce World Tour, Introduce Fans to Pet Tortoise ‘Gary Ashby’

In support of their sophomore album, Stumpwork, English post-punk quartet, Dry Cleaning, recently announced an extensive world tour. Beginning this month with a short stint in California, the band will tour Europe, Japan, and Australia into late winter, ringing in the New Year Canada-side to continue their US leg.

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Along with the news of their upcoming globe-trot, the band released the latest single from their forthcoming LP, “Gary Ashby,” which tells the story of a family’s pet tortoise who escaped. Listen for references of stumpy legs and slick-back shells, below, and get acquainted with Gary Ashby.

Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning Album Cover 2022 Photography: Annie Collinge Creative

The new track follows previously released singles “Don’t Press Me” and “Anna Calls From the Arctic” featured on Stumpwork, which arrives Oct. 21.

The band released their debut album last year after having only two weeks in the studio to record the whole album. With their next album, they’ve been gifted time and a touch more experience.

“When you do the first one, every take you do you’re anxious, like, ‘This has to be the one,’ Guitarist Tom Dowse told NME about the project. “When you do the second [album], you realize it doesn’t have to be the one—you just do your thing and then try something… I guess you just put yourself under a bit less pressure, and that made a big difference.”


09-17 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

09-18 Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound LA

09-20 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel

09-21 San Jose, CA – The Ritz

09-22 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library

11-08 Paris, France – Le Trabendo

11-09 Cologne, Germany – Club Volta

11-11 Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who? Festival

11-12 Kortrijk, Belgium – Sonic City

11-30 Tokyo, Japan – Liquid Room

12-01 Osaka, Japan – Club Quattro

12-06 Auckland, New Zealand – Tuning Fork

12-07 Wellington, New Zealand – San Fran

12-09 Brisbane, Australia – The Brightside

12-10 Meredith, Australia – Meredith Festival

12-12 Melbourne, Australia – The Corner Hotel

12-13 Melbourne, Australia – The Corner Hotel

12-14 Sydney, Australia – Manning Bar

12-16 Perth, Australia – Rosemount Hotel

01-10 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe

01-11 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix

01-13 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

01-14 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

01-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw

01-18 Seattle, WA – Neptune

01-19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

01-21 San Francisco, CA – August Hall

01-23 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

01-24 Tucson, AZ – Congress Plaza

01-26 Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre

01-27 Austin, TX – Mohawk

01-28 New Orleans, LA – Toulouse Theatre

01-29 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

01-31 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre

02-01 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

02-02 New York, NY – Pioneers Works

02-14 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

02-15 Belfast, Ireland – Mandela Hall

02-17 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands

02-18 Leeds, England – O2 Academy

02-20 Liverpool, England – Invisible Wind Factory

02-21 Nottingham, England – Rock City

02-22 Sheffield, England – O2 Academy

02-24 Manchester, England – Albert Hall

02-25 Birmingham, England – O2 Institute

02-26 Bristol, England – O2 Academy

02-28 Cardiff, Wales – Tramshed

03-01 Brighton, England – Chalk

03-03 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton

03-13 Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA

03-15 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand

03-16 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret

03-18 Hamburg, Germany – Knust

03-19 Groningen, Netherlands – Vera

03-20 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

03-22 Offenbach, Germany – Hafen2

03-23 Munich, Germany – Strom

03-24 Vienna, Austria – Flex

03-25 Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum

03-27 Warsaw, Poland – Hybrydy

03-28 Leipzig, Germany – UT Connewitz

03-29 Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg

03-31 Rotterdam, Netherlands – Maassilo

04-01 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix

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