The March Violets

Play Loud, Play Purple

 “The slinky, savage yet warmly delicate March Violets, whose thirst for mystery, magic and brutal darkness has set them apart.” –Winston Smith, Sounds – June 18th 1983 

Fantastic, post-punk shrapnel guitar from founder member Tom Ashton… the strikingly, scary, esoteric beauty of Rosie Garland… The songs clatter and grind around the drum machine and their powerful fug fills the room.” – John Robb, Louder Than War 

Once Upon A Leeds, 1981. The March Violets strum their first riff and scrawl their first set list. Their impressive post-punk legacy stretches from 1980s BBC John Peel sessions, indie chart successes Radiant Boys EP, Grooving in Green, Snake Dance and Turn to the Sky (featured in the John Hughes movie, Some Kind of Wonderful), all the way to the 21st century reunion, headlining festivals across Europe & the USA and storming Record Store Day 2021 with sell-out double album Big Soul Kiss.

 

And now, founder-members Rosie Garland (performer, poet and author) and Tom Ashton (guitarist, producer and studio owner) are joined by Mat Thorpe (bassist and vocalist). 

2023 saw the hugely successful release of their full back catalogue, with worldwide distribution via Jungle Records. They had a rapturous reception on their UK / EU tour, incl headline shows at legendary Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany) & Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival (Whitby Goth Weekend, UK). In 2024 they are set to tour Europe (including DarkMadrid, Dark Malta and Bearded Theory Festivals), plus an extensive USA touring schedule. 

Plus – Crocodile Promises (Metropolis Records) – our first album for 10 years, featuring all-new material.

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THE MARCH VIOLETS REUNION 2022

Once Upon A Leeds, 1981. The March Violets strum their first riff and scrawl their first set list. Their impressive post-punk legacy stretches from 1980s BBC John Peel sessions, indie chart successes Radiant Boys EP, Grooving in Green, Snake Dance and Turn to the Sky (featured in the John Hughes movie, Some Kind of Wonderful), all the way to the 21st century reunion, headlining festivals across Europe & the USA and storming Record Store Day 2021 with sell-out double album Big Soul Kiss.

The March Violets - Bios

Rosie Garland (performer, poet and author) and Tom Ashton (guitarist, producer and studio owner) are joined by Mat Thorpe (bassist and vocalist).