INTERVIEW: Dry Clean Only

Q: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

A: Hey!  Thank you for having us here at Vents!  All things considered, we’re doing well! Sorry for being so late, Connor knocked over his ant farm again and we spent all morning sifting through glass and sand for his pets.  We managed to find all 500 and put them in Ronnie’s suitcase for safekeeping!

Q:Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lonely Love”?

A: Lonely Love is the latest single off of our upcoming album entitled Handsome Head. It’s a song about forbidden love, but more specifically it’s about experiencing the feeling of getting to be with that person and the effects it has on both people afterwards. When you dive into the lyrics of the song you can really feel emotional pull of two forces and it feels dirty because it is dirty.  While it feels good to act you’re your desires it could make someone feel equally as guilty for doing so. 

Q:Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A: There wasn’t a particular event in any of our lives that inspired the song, rather it felt like something that everyone could be able to relate to.  I think that you can feel the loneliest when you can’t be with the person that you truly want to be with. That’s something I’m sure everyone has experienced on some level.  We wanted to write something that felt raw, something that felt real to us. We really want for people to understand both the pain and satisfaction.

Q:Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

A: Absolutley!  We just recently shot a video for “Lonely Love” with our friend, Payton Ware, at The Studios at Fischer in Canyon Lake, Texas.  We don’t want to give away too much but it gets pretty wild and  are so excited for everyone to see it.

Q:The single comes off your new album Handsome Head – what’s the story behind the title?

A: Honestly, Handsome Head is a nickname Ronnie has for one of his cats. After hearing him mutter the phrase for months we decided that in a way it encapsulates what we’re saying in this collection of songs. We also like the alliteration of  

Q:How was the recording and writing process?

A: Writing these songs was such a fun process.  We basically locked ourselves in Connor’s basement for days at a time and put our heart and souls into this record.  These songs are a combination of our own experiences and emotions as well as characters and stories we’ve created to convey our, sometimes, vulnerable message. 

Q:What role does NYC play in your music?

A: New York City plays a huge role in not only our music, but also our own individual experiences.  We were all born and raised in Queens, New York and Connor and Joey currently live in Brooklyn.  We have all either worked or went to school in Manhattan in which there really is no other experience like it. Growing up in the venues of this city definitely helped shape who and what we are today and a band. 

Q:Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

A: Inspiration for songs and lyrics come from almost every aspect of our lives.  We all have a hand in writing the lyrics so most of our songs have a unique combination of all three of our points of view.  

Q:Any plans to hit the road?

A: We will be hitting the road as soon as we possibly can!  We were on tour in Europe earlier this year with another project we are involved in called SUSU when the shutdowns began happening and our tour had to unfortunately be cut short.  We wound up playing only 17 of the 35 shows that were scheduled to happen, but we’re hopefully going to go back and finish in November!  We also can’t to hit the road and celebrate the release of Handsome Head.  

Q:What else is happening next in Dry Clean Only’s world?

A: Well, as live shows are currently not happening we are trying to come up with different ways to interact with our fans and unique methods of creating content.  We just played a live stream concert, also at Studios at Fischer, which was so much fun for us.  We are just always continuing to find new ways to have fun with what we do. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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