The March Violets were a great band...
...A really great band. They were labelmates with The Sisters of Mercy, yet darker and infinitely more messed up than them, and through constant gigging they became integral to the whole Leeds/M62 scene in the early/mid 1980s. John Peel loved them. He wasn't alone.
Then in 2006 we started to communicate more, and in December 2007 a one-off gig took place. That was the plan... hundreds of people turned up and let the band know – very vocally indeed – how pleased they were to see The March Violets back onstage. An astonishing welcome back and the band have yet to read a bad word about the show, and that is some achievement.
Then it became clear that there were news songs waiting to be brought into the light of day. A lot of new songs. The first EP 'Trinity' was released in 2007, followed by 'Love Will Kill You' in 2011. 2012 saw the release of 'Made Glorious', an album of completely new material. The 2015 album 'Mortality' was produced and released via PledgeMusic.
Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing with post-punk gothic band The March Violets, through to alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies.
Rosie has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. In 2012 she won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' (HarperCollins) was published in 2013. Follow-up novel 'Vixen' (The Borough Press) came out in 2014. Her next novel, 'The Night Brother' is due out with The Borough Press in Spring 2017.
'The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch.' - Sarah Waters
'The Palace of Curiosities is an alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance.' - The Metro
'Garland's lush prose is always a pleasure' - The Guardian
'Hugely entertaining, tough-talking ... a celebration of female sexuality, of power and liberation.' - Carol Ann Duffy