Never Found in the '80s: The March Violets
The awesome month of October has brought out the Goth in my soul. Okay, enough of the hyperbole. It is time for me to feature the first of several Goth bands I will profile this month that were never found in the 80s.
The March Violets formed in Leeds, England, in 1981 and produced several singles and EPs, which would later be compiled into two full length albums in 1984 and 1985. The March Violets made use of a drum machine much the same as other Goth bands of the era, but they had the added twist of featuring male and female vocalists. They had some success on the U.K. Indie Charts, but, as is the case with so many of these never founds, America was a no go.
As the '80s moved on, they added a drummer, the original female vocalist Rosie Garland left, and their sound became more commercial, much to the chagrin of fans and critics. There were accusations of selling out by the time the disappointingly mainstream Turn to the Sky single was released in 1986. Although featured on the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack, the song failed to bring them to a larger audience. In 1987, the band broke up.
Since Turn to the Sky sucks, here's the much better song Snake Dance.
In 2007, there was a brief reformation with Rosie Garland back in the fold. The reunion was short lived, because Garland had to deal with throat cancer. She beat the cancer and the band reformed again in 2010. It was also in that year that the band fan funded their first "proper" album. In April 2013, the album Made Glorious was released to the fans who pledged their financial support. A limited number of the double album is now available through their official website.
The March Violets have announced that they will be touring the UK in October and November of this year.