2012 - The March Violets - the year in review

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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.”