Inspired by The Slits and the raucous London rock scene, Gina Birch and Ana da Silva started The Raincoats in the late 1970s. They released their first full-length album, the self-titled The Raincoats, in 1979. The record featured a sonic cavalcade of off-kilter rhythms and eclectic melodies that clashed and careened all over the place. Their sound was peculiar, yet urgent and infectious. The album is infused with a DIY punk sensibility, which mostly means that the band members didn’t exactly know what they were doing, but it sounded great anyway. The album and the band have made a lasting impression, not only as pioneers in girl-driven post-punk, but in the grunge, punk and emo worlds as well. Bands ranging from The Gossip to Nirvana all count The Raincoats as an influence. In fact, Kurt Cobain himself got the band to reunite in the 1990s after they broke up in 1984.
The Raincoats haven’t stopped playing since their reunion. Now, The Raincoats are reissuing their 1981 sophomore album “Odyshape” on CD and vinyl via their own We ThRee label. The album is due out September 13th and has been remastered. Appropriately enough the re-issue will include liner notes by another woman who rocks, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. In support of the album, The Raincoats are hitting the road and playing shows in a select number of cities. (Dates are below.) As Birch and da Silva are in their late 50s, you should grab this opportunity to see this iconic band.
Here are the dates:
09-16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
09-17 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
09-19 Chicago, IL – Double Door
09-21 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art
09-23 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
09-24-25 Montreal, Quebec – Pop Montreal
12-03 Minehead, England – ATP