Helsinki’s Cleaning Women:
“We make music with
self-made instruments.”

Newbies to Cleaning Women would remark that the male music trio’s appearance is equally as mystifying as their industrial and avant garde repertoire. Trash bins, used home accessories, and appliances are part and parcel in creating the “other sounds” that have become the Helsinki band’s musical trademark. Perhaps this is why they’ve been commissioned to compose music for Cannes Grand Prix-winning director Alice Rohrwacher’s recent short film De Djess, as part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series. The WILD lifts the veil on Cleaning Woman’s zombie façade…

Who: Cleaning Women (members CW01, CW03, CW04).
Where they from: Planet Clinus.
Where they live now: Helsinki, Finland.

What they do:
We make music with self-made instruments. We play concerts and we also accompany silent movies with original live soundtracks. We also have been doing other projects like video installations and such.

What’s on their minds today:
We are finishing making music for a full-length documentary film “The Canaries”, which is about air sickness and people who’ve lost their health because of such issues. We’re also heading towards a new album, which we should record at some point.

Their idea of freedom:
Many seem to be living inside a washing machine drum in a mundane cycle, spinning round and round. Freedom is to be able to open the door of the washing machine and to peek outside.

What they most dislike about contemporary culture:
Throwawayism. Our advice is to make an instrument or any other utility out of throwaway junk.

Their earliest memory:
Hitting a laundry rack (a.k.a. clothes horse) with a chop stick and listening to the magical sound that comes out of it, especially when the sound is captured with a contact microphone and then connected to an amplifier. It’s the sound of revolution and evolution at the same time.

What cracks them up:
The various tariffs that different airlines have for oversized or overweight items, like big self-made instrument cases. One never knows how much one has to pay extra.

Their motto:
Cleanliness is next to godliness.

What they think of unrest and violence:
Violence is just one’s attempt to control something or someone using sheer force, so it’s totally unacceptable. Unrest, however, can lead into something new and it’s sometimes unavoidable to change things.

Cleaning Women’s WILD Wish:
We wish you many emptied trash cans on your path.



For more info on Cleaning Woman, visit their websiteYouTube channel or Facebook.

text by: Isaac Perez Solano

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