Rose McDowall & Band (ex Strawberry Switchblade)

ROSE MCDOWALL & BAND (EX STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE) at The Thunderbolt Thu 4 October 2018 from 7.30pm


Following the break-up of Strawberry Switchblade at the end of the 80s, Rose McDowall embarked on a celebrated career in the post-industrial music scene. A member of Current 93 during their purple patch and a guest on records by artists as diverse as Psychic TV, Felt, Coil and Nurse with Wound, McDowall’s status as the unofficial queen and muse of the underground is well deserved.

After the recording of several demos which resulted in the ‘Cut With The Cake Knife’ album (Night School/Sacred Bones, 2015), McDowall formed Sorrow to further explore her interest in psychedelic, folk music. Considerably darker in tone than Strawberry Switchblade, but still resplendent in McDowall’s angelic, heartfelt vocal, ‘Under the Yew Possessed’ is a cult album that belies a classic pop song writing sensibility. Issued in a limited gold vinyl edition for Record Store Day 2018, ‘Under the Yew Possessed’ enjoys a full Night School reissue later this year (August) followed swiftly by ‘Gem’(October) a new album of recordings with Canadian musician Shawn Pinchbeck.

Now working with a new live band comprising of several members of Scotland’s ever burgeoning music scene featuring Russel Burn ex of Fire Engines/WIN/Spectorbullets and Jeremy Thoms ex of Revillos/Strawberry Tarts and currently The Cathode Ray amongst them.

Rose will be playing select dates in the UK and Europe in October.

Support - NEW HAUNTS




Tickets: £9.50  

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