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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:36

Reunion gig, 02 Academy London, Nov 2010

Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month!

It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'.

The Skinny - main website

Published in 2010 Reunion
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:01

2012 - The March Violets - the year in review


Legendary 80s Leeds Drum Machine Band THE MARCH VIOLETS return in the 21st Century with their original Post Punk energy intact. In 2011 founder members Si, Rosie and Tom, with new bassist Jo, headlined various European festival stages to critical acclaim, signifying the start of a New Era for THE MARCH VIOLETS. They received some perceptive and very positive reviews.

“Snakedance has been a guaranteed club floor-filler for over twenty years, and more than any other factor it's probably the reason why THE MARCH VIOLETS can stage a comeback now, in the twenty-first century, and find an audience waiting for them. Anything is possible, everything is to play for, and the omens are good.” – Nemesis To Go

“The imagery is pierced with the first burst of sound from the drum machine, guitar and bass.... With dual vocals from Si’s deep, masculine tones and Rosie’s eerie soaring voice the band had certainly retained their Gothic credentials but it was the quirky and dark punk attitude that made the gig.” – Dominion Magazine

“The unmistakable Violets sound and energy had not been lost and had tapped into a scene experiencing a rebirth with a whole new generation to perform to.” – Lenore Gwyn, NEP

In 2012 THE MARCH VIOLETS recorded their first Album financed solely by fans through Pledge Music. To accompany its release to these special fans the Violets played some of the new material as well as old classics at the following venues:

8th June 2012 – Eddie’s Rock Club Birmingham
9th June 2012 – Manchester Academy
10th June 2012 – Classic Grand Glasgow
16th June 2012 – O2 Academy Brixton/Slimelight Aftershow London
1st July 2012 – DV8 Festival York

Garnering a great review from John Robb in ‘Louder than War’

Manchester Academy: 9.11.2012
“Reformed a few years ago the March Violets are still built around three original members- Ashton - fantastic, post punk shrapnel guitar from founder member Tom Ashton, the bearded and sonorous frontman Simon Denbigh and the strikingly, scarey, esoteric beauty of Rosie Garland- whose operatic tones contrast perfectly with Denbigh’s gutters growl. The songs clatter and grind around the drum machine and their powerful fug fills the rooms.

Tonight they coax a great reaction from the audience with a mixture of their own standards and newbies- all driven by the sweating drum machine which could have done, like the whole band, with being a bit louder and more incessant. Their relentless assault and the swooping vocals of self styled ‘lesbian vampire poet’ Rosie set the atmopshere, an atmosphere that the band very successfully deal in. Simon strokes his beard looking like one of the great rock eccentrics, his eyes twinkle with the dark humour of it all and the band’s timeless sound echoes through the decades.

After their initial success they changed line ups into a sleeker more pop version that sold records but lost the original following. Now back to where they started they are enjoying their weirdness and off the wall kooky behaviour and two releases in are becoming staples on the dark side circuit with age suiting them and their oddly timeless sound very well indeed.

This is a successful comeback, a reaffirmation of what made them good in the first place, a twisted eccentricity that the late, great John Peel loved about them and as the set ends the band float out of the building having tickled the erroneous pleasure zones of the rather black clad audience.”

Published in 2012
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 13:54

2014 - The March Violets

The March Violets review – 2014

2014 saw The March Violets tour the UK, Europe AND the West Coast of the USA with the ‘Into The Sun’ tour. The first time the Violets played the USA since the 1980s. And what a return it was. Read on…

We started off in York.
5.4.2014 - A Little Purple Do, The Fulford Arms, York.
Convivial and intimate. We decided to do a thing where we rehearsed, maybe a new Song, definitely a full set, then screened the Dan E Falicki film 'An Anti American' that Tom did the score for. With Free Popcorn!
We will be providing general chitchat, and some other stuff. Unholy Racket will have an exhibition of his prints. There'll be a raffle for something good, some Psydwr, Si's Caipirinha Cocktails, probably some gourmet food available from the chefs. A bit of a disco afterwards. Who knows what may turn up.

Then we headed to the Netherlands…
10.4.2014 - Poppodium Nieuwe NOR, Heerlen, Netherlands as part of the Graukunst festival.

And then Germany, where we headlined Resurrection.
12.4.2014 - Resurrection, Kaiserslautern Germany. With special guest support Vidi Aquam (Italy), Arts of Erebus (DE/FR) Plus After party "Dance Dead Rhythms" (Gothic - Post Punk - Batcave - Death Rock - Wave: DJ Iconoclast - Resurrection - DJ Wahni - Gotham Sounds)

And in April we headed to the USA, where we were honoured to headline Convergence XX in Chicago!
26.4.2014 - Convergence XX Chicago - Bottom Lounge

Then in June we returned to the USA for ‘Into The Sun’ – a purple-tinted wander down the West Coast…

June 21 Sat - Seattle – El Corazon

June 22 Sun - Portland - The Hive @ Star Theater

June 25 Wed - San Francisco - Death Guild @ DNA Lounge

June 27 Friday – Las Vegas - Scarlet @ LVCS with DJs Morpheus Blak & Style.

June 28 - Saturday - San Diego, The Soda Bar plus Guests - Black Tango & Prayers

June 29 - Sunday - Los Angeles - Part Time Punks @ The Echo plus Support - Vaniish & Deathday

Plus we got a great album review from Mick Mercer!
THE MARCH VIOLETS - MADE GLORIOUS - Cavorting Curmudgeons Go Nuclear!
You don’t need me to tell you that the return of The March Violets has been fabulous, or if you do I will do it discreetly, respectfully, for here we have a band who have aged subtly without losing their irascible nature and musical daring. Si apparently went through three producers before running out of space to bury anymore and finally did the job himself. Simon Denbigh and Rosie Garland handle the vocals, Tom Ashton the guitar and Jo Violet everything else, there was a nice illustrated lyric booklet sent with the 2CD copy I bought (to get the bonus remix disc) and all is well with the world.

‘Made Glorious’ kicks brightly as it bubbles with vocal chirpiness and fluid guitar making for a cute opener, then they slither sleekly during ‘Billion3’, both creepily ironic and cinematically atmospheric. ‘A Room With No View’ is blissfully moody and blessedly bleak. ‘You want love and fear – in a single room, in a single pill, in a single bed, at a single stroke.’ The tangle tingles. ‘Of Roses’ is lighter, for all the dark story unfolding, with a wisp of Bowie involved somehow. Then we cut abruptly to the fidgeting of ‘Tokyo Flow’ which is impressively devious, muted and invitingly slo-mo. ‘Ramming Speed’ is almost nautical Steampunk. (Sailpunk!) ‘Little Punk Thing’ is like a scaly form of glam, strangely bouncy and whimsically deadpan in tone. A palpable hit!

‘Dandelion King’ hauls out some acoustic as the song soars with a robust rhythm and nagging guitar, with the lyrics on this and following songs almost suggesting there’s a novel in them, like a modern Gormenghast, or maybe that’s just my mind on the blink? ‘2024’ finds the whispering rabble revolting and ‘London's Drowning’ ricochets with ribald good humour as the imagery comes out of modern history. ‘We Are All Gods III’ weaves a merry sprawl with naughty vocals, haughty violin and a fuller rumbustious nature for the questioning weirdness and chunkier sound.

‘Road Of Bones’ is off on its bass-driven opening with a hot vocal flush developing, quietly majestic.‘Discoboy Must Die’ plods heroically with juicy twinges as our halfwit hero prepares to meets his maker, ‘Dress 4 U’ has hot turbulence aplenty, ‘Bottle Of Poison’ teems and teeters with life and husky horrors, while ‘My Demons’ flounces off raw and rousing, the culmination of a life lived in livid style.

The extra CD is mostly remixes, with one being a touch different. ‘Dandelion King’ by Mark GT (that's Mark Thwaite) is a calm calamity, ‘Liam Hits Seven’ by these very March Violets is an extended happy birthday done as a result of a pledge. It’s also rather good, not cobbled together bollocks. Then on they go - ‘We Are All Gods’ (Skin Job), ‘Black Heart’ (Latexxx Teens feat. Rosie), ‘Road Of Bones’ (Kitty Lectro), ‘We Are All Gods’ (Frank Heiss) and a lovely ‘London's Drowning’ by old Batfish Boy Dangerously Close. ‘Billion3’ (Kitty Lectro), ‘Discoboy Must Die’ (DBF), ‘Road Of Bones’ (Scant Regard), ‘We Are All Gods’ (Eskil Covenant) and ‘Little Punk Thing’ (Monica Richards). As they’ve been given great songs to play with it’s not like they can really fuck them up.

It’s a long, comprehensively absorbing collection and delivers more the more you listen, the sign of a modern classic. You won’t find much better.


Published in 2014
The Bellwether Syndicate
Wave-Gotik Treffen

Time - 19.10h
Venue - Täubchenthal
Markranstädter Straße 1
Leipzig, Germany

I'm honoured to guest with The Bellwether Syndicate at WGT! With a special rendition of Snake Dance (The March Violets).

Fronted by veteran artist William Faith (of Faith and the Muse) and Sarah Rose (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah), The Bellwether Syndicate are, as illustrated by their debut, coloring outside of prescribed genre lines, choosing here to push the boundaries of style and substance into something relevant and vital.

The Bellwether Syndicate are William Faith: Vox • Guitars
Sarah Rose Faith: Vox • Guitars
Paul Sin: Bass
Philly Peroxide: Keyboards • Percussion
Stevyn Grey: Drums


Published in Gig List
Sunday, 24 March 2019 09:52

8.5.2019 - Sonic Waves Symposium, Manchester

Sonic Waves: Music and Sound Beyond Borders

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Time: 10am – 5:30pm
Location: Geoffrey Manton Building
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosamond St W, Manchester M15 6EB

Tickets: £10 (£5 unwaged) - Available on the OnlineShop

Rosie Garland of The March Violets is delighted to present her paper “Radiant Girls: ‘You can’t be goth and queer and feminist’ – being an outsider amongst outsiders”

MASSmcr are a group of multidisciplinary researchers exploring the musical beats and sonic streets of Manchester and beyond. For this symposium we bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and community organisations to explore how music, sound and the sonic can be used to transcend boundaries and move beyond borders. At a time of global uncertainties from climate change and conflict zones, to national and international political upheaval, we question if music and the sonic can narrate and negate these changes and shift our understanding of core and peripheral preoccupations.

About MASSmcr
Established in 2018, Music and Sonic Studies Manchester (MASSmcr), based at Manchester Metropolitan University, conducts innovative research into music and sonic phenomena. We aim to produce new ways of understanding and experiencing the production, reception and aesthetics of music, sound and other sonic encounters. We seek to understand how sonic and musical practices shape our understanding of the world and how they inform diverse identities, communities and spaces.

This event will be followed by MASS Assembly at the Castle Hotel.


Published in Gig List
Gothic Styles Street / Fashion Show

Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Exchange Square,
Manchester City Centre,
M3 1BD

Join us for an extravagant exploration of what it means to have goth style!
Real-life goths, punks, steampunks and other assorted ‘weirdo mosher freaks’ will strut, stomp and parade their individual dress sense for the public of Manchester. Interspersed with the street style will be fashion looks from students and alumni of Manchester Met’s Manchester Fashion Institute, showing the pervasive influence of goth sensibilities in contemporary haute couture. Sound tracked by goth music, introduced by two queens of goth-dom - Rosie Lugosi The Vampire Queen and Manchester’s monochrome drag par excellence Liquorice Black – this will be a catwalk to remember and a brilliant way to round off your Halloween weekend in the city.

Comperes Rosie Lugosi and Liquorice Black
Border Morris from Stone the Crows
Kiku Corsets
Fantastical make up competition winners from House of Fraser
In association with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Part of Halloween in the City produced by Manchester BID.
FREE – Tickets available on Eventbrite

Published in Gig List
Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:45

18.10.2017 - Stablemates, Birmingham

Jill Abram presents


Conversation and poetry with Henry Normal, Rosie Garland and
Jackie Hagan of Flapjack Press.

Wednesday 18th October,
6.30pm. Readings start promptly at 7pm

Waterstones Birmingham,
24-26 High Street, B4 7SL

£5 advance booking https://www.waterstones.com/events/stablemates-with-flapjack-press-featuring-henry-normal/birmingham

Raining Upwards is Henry Normal’s first all new poetry collection in over 20 years. In the meanwhile he was making comedy for TV and film, including The Royle Family, Mighty Boosh, Gavin & Stacey and the Oscar-nominated Philomena. Earlier this year he was honoured with a BAFTA Special Award but Henry has retired from all that and returned to his first love – poetry!

Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She was described by Apples and Snakes as one of the country’s finest performance poets. As In Judy is her sixth poetry collection and goes behind the scenes in her life and mind.

Jackie Hagan’s first solo show Some People Have Too Many Legs, written while she was in hospital having her leg lopped off, won the Saboteur award for Best Spoken Word Show. Her second, Jumble Soul, is about to premier at Contact Theatre, Manchester. She is one of three inaugural Jerwood Compton Fellows for making a significant contribution to the poetry community.
Flapjack Press explores the synergy between performance and the page.


Published in Gig List
Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:42

14.10.2017 - Leeds Festival of Gothica

Leeds Festival of Gothica

Leeds City Museum
Cookridge Street,
LS2 8BH Leeds

14 October at 11:00–16:00
Free entry.

Take a dark trip into the bones of Leeds Gothica on the 14th of October.
Explore gothic literature, fashion and music.
Special guest –Rosie Garland, reading from her work!

With stalls and installations from jumbo records, ultimate skin tattoos, Leeds libraries, the West Yorkshire Playhouse Costume Department, ‘dead things’ by Kate, Sohos, Nyx and the Sophie Lancaster foundation to name but a few!

Published in Gig List
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:38

2.9.2017 - Black Rose Ball book launch, York

The Black Rose Ball 2017

Saturday 2nd September

Rosie Garland book launch and reading
The Gothic Café,
De Grey Rooms,
St. Leonards Place,
York YO1 7HD

£4 advance, £5 on the door

Special Black Rose Ball event.
Come and meet Rosie Garland – singer with the legendary March Violets - and hear her read from her latest book 'The Night Brother'!
She will also be more than happy to answer any questions regarding her work and sign her books.
Book your ticket now via our ticket page.


Published in Gig List

Dark Halloween with The March Violets

Venue: The Abbey
3420 W Grace St,
Chicago, Illinois 60618

Doors at 6:30pm and show at 7pm
$15 advance and $18 door

Y-Not, Last Rites & DJ Scary Lady Sarah Present...
Support from New Canyons - DJ Scary Lady Sarah
Tickets at: Click here for tickets

The March Violets

The first alternative band to have equal male and female vocals, The March Violets were formed in Leeds in the post punk era at the very start of the 80s. Alongside The Danse Society, The Sisters of Mercy and The Southern Death Cult, they were one of the 4 dark British Northern Bands that are often blamed for starting the Gothic scene. The Violets released a series of singles that still fill the darker dance floors around the world, the most played being "Snakedance" and "Walk into the Sun". They imploded in 1985, just before the rise of "Goth Rock" made the Mission and Sisters household names.

Three original members reformed in 2007 for a remarkably successful reunion, and since then the Violets have done a few rare concerts, headlined some festivals, survived throat cancer, and finally managed to write and record their first proper album 'Made Glorious'. The Violets are a rare thing, a legendary band that has actually managed to evolve, yet retain their original dark brilliance.

Published in Gig List