By Nick Cherry
The Ironing Maidens are a musical duo that combine electronic music with instruments made out of ironing boards and laundromats for a unique entertainment experience.
The award-winning electronic duo are set to bring their musical talents to the Sunshine Coast when they perform at Cotton Tree Laundromat on 19 June.
Melania Jack, who is one of two performers, said the Ironing Maidens were hoping to release a full album later this year.
But for now Melania is excited to continue performing.
“I’m sure there’s plenty of amazing laundromats still out there in Australia,” she said.
The Ironing Maidens describe their genre as “electro-housewife” and produced their new EP through the use of real irons and ironing boards and electronic sounds.
Ms Jack said the most rewarding aspect of performing with the Ironing Maidens was connecting with her audiences on tour and the creative process.
“I particularly enjoy meeting all the amazing people and I feel like we connect easier due to our smaller performance spaces,” she said.
Ms Jack said she and fellow member Patty Preece had previously worked on different projects in the past but decided to form the Ironing Maidens after discovering producer Daphine Oram’s work.
“She was an amazing woman,” she said.
“She composed electro music in the 40s, 50s and 60s and also worked on the Doctor Who sound track.”
Both members of the Ironing Maidens are passionate about music with Ms Reece lecturing Music Production at Central Queensland University.
Ms Jack also teaches music to younger students.
“I enjoy spreading my knowledge and giving young people an opportunity to learn,” Ms Jack said.
“I try to run as many workshops as I can, I actually even have one set up for Maroochydore already.”
The performance at Cotton Tree is part of the duo’s Queensland Laundromat Tour which starts in the Gold Coast on July 15 and rounds up in Cairns July 29.
“Our show focuses on musical exploration around themes such as domestic labour and the history of women in electronic music,” she said.
“We have both independently performed there (the Coast) but not together as the Ironing Maidens.
“We are excited to visit the Sunshine Coast.”