Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Raincoats

I'm excited to take a trip to NY in October to go see The Raincoats! So I'm reposting this from KRS blog.

We all love our secret bands. Kurt Cobain came across a Raincoats album, and found there a bunch of soul mates whose honest emotions affected him so much that he tracked down founder member Ana da Silva somewhere in Notting Hill, persuaded DGC (Nirvana’s record label) to re-issue The Raincoats back catalogue and encouraged the band to re-form. In 1977 da Silva and Gina Birch, inspired by the example of the Pistols and the Clash, of course, but also by the women of the Slits and X-Ray Spex, had responded to punks DIY call to arms and eventually persuaded the Slits’ drummer Palmolive to join their ranks. With the addition of the classically trained violinist Vicky Aspinall, The Raincoats were an all female band who owed nothing to male fantasy outfits like The Runaways, and produced a primeval punk-folk sound on original songs like “Fairytale in the Supermarket” and “In Love” or deconstructing the Kinks’ “Lola” with cheek, fun and a pinch of salt. THE BOOK OF ROCK, Philip Dodd, Pavilion Books, 2001

Pre-order your very own copy of one of the best lps of all time and get a free button/badge designed by Ana de Silva!!!!

KRS515 The Raincoats LP w/ digital download* 

Street Date 10/13

Out in Mail Order: 10/1

Pre-Orders Ship: Late September

*You will receive your Digital Download code when your order ships.



  1. I really want to make that trip to New York, but I doubt I can swing it. I may drive to Charlotte next month to see Vivian Girls instead.

    And here's another little factoid about The Raincoats: the band, including Palmolive back behind the kit, was set to tour Europe with Nirvana right before Kurt killed himself.

  2. Luckily, NYC's a bit closer for me (coming from Boston) than Atlanta. I was supposed to see the Vivian Girls in May but was recovering from surgery and so I missed them. Take some pictures and write a review for us! We will live vicariously through you here!

  3. Vivian Girls played a free acoustic set in Atlanta back in March, and I did not know about it until after the fact. Luckily, while missing it I was at The Coathangers' "Scramble" release party.