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CD REVIEW THE MARCH VIOLETS MADE GLORIOUS

THE MARCH VIOLETS

MADE GLORIOUS

2013

 

 

still growing

 

 

Back in the day Leeds was the home of Goth and along with The Sisters of Mercy; March Violets were making some wonderful noise. It seems so long ago now it’s hard to convey how exciting the band was in the days when CDs were still on the horizon and tapes and vinyl ruled. 31 years later after a successful Pledge Music campaign which also raised some much needed money for Charity March Violets have released their first ‘proper’ album (previously releasing compilations of singles and 12” tracks).

 


Have the years treated them kindly? Well in a way yes, they sound remarkably like they did back in the day though suspiciously less dusty. Modern technology too also seems to have helped their cause and while the reformed band’s previous output – 2077’s Trinity EP wasn’t the best sounding return, this 16-track double album is like a trip back down an old road that grows more enjoyable the deeper into the woods you drive.

 


2013 sees a more layered band, themes and sound is largely intact but technology and time has meant that sonically we get something far more adventurous.

 


If you want to step back in time, that’s cool but if you are new to the band and want to see what all the fuss is about then it has to start with ‘Road of Bones’ – our favourite here, but also a tracjk in good company and surrounded by quality.

 


If you love real alternative rock from the days of proto=Goth and drum machines then this you will love. Try ‘Made Glorious’ the great title track; ‘We are all Gods III’ and ‘Dress 4 U’. It’s remarkable how well this band has ridden the years to deliver something of this quality.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW THE MARCH VIOLETS MADE GLORIOUS 2013