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Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade)

Friday, 20 January 2017 - 8:00pm
 
We're delighted to present a genuine cult figure, Rose McDowall (ex Strawberry Switchblade), in Preston for the first time.  Rose will be playing with a full band and they will be doing some old numbers, some new ones and a fair few in-between! 
 
 
Rose McDowall began her career playing drums in the onset of punk in Glasgow with proto-avant guard trio The Poems with her then husband Drew McDowall. During the post-punk scene in Glasgow McDowall formed Strawberry Switchblade with Jill Bryson, becoming instantly involved with the Postcard Records post-punk scene. Strawberry Switchblade progressed rapidly from playing guitar-based harmony-dressed flower punk to become one Scotland’s biggest pop exports of the mid-80s. As a duo, Strawberry Switchblade fused keen melodic sensibility with dark lyrical content to create some of the best, albeit under-rated pop music of the decade.
 
 
Following the break up of Strawberry Switchblade, McDowall delved deep into the post-industrial folk underground, collaborating extensively with friends Coil, Current 93, Death in June, Into A Circle and members of the Icelandic scene that birthed Sugarcubes. McDowall also worked briefly with Boyd Rice in the duo Spell, signing to the Mute label. Following this intense period of collaboration and self-exploration, McDowall formed Sorrow with her then husband Robert Lee. On the World Serpent label, Sorrow released two acclaimed albums “Under The Yew Possessed” and “Sleep Now Forever” as well as completing multiple tours around the world. Sorrow’s music is a pure, distilled neo-folk that involved elements of improvisation, neo-classical music, melancholy and above all, Rose McDowall’s simple and straight-to-the-heart songwriting and voice.
 
Rose McDowall has continued, in the aftermath of Sorrow, to expand her musical vocabulary, working with new musicians and seasoned players in the neb-folk, post industrial, experimental and pop worlds. In 2015, McDowall partnered with Glasgow-based Night School Records to re-issue Cut With The Cake Knife, a set of songs she recorded in the post-Strawberry Switchblade era with various musicians. Following its release, McDowall announced a full reissue series, with details to follow, and re-invigorated live tour schedules. Rose McDowall is currently working on new material and continues to work on her personal archive for future projects. 
 
 
Drahla are a great new band from North Yorkshire, channelling Pixies, Giant Drag and Life Without Buildings.  Their first digital single 'Fictional Decision' was produced by MJ of Hookworms and is a refreshing blast of moody post punk with a mesmering and intriguing vocal performance from singer/bassist Luciel Brown that you will want to play again and again. We're really pleased to host this band on their first visit to Preston.          
 
 
The north-west's premier sci-fi prog surf cabaret rock band, Zvilnik draw in influences from eastern Europe, the West End and low grade horror movies to create a sound like no other. This sinister yet welcoming five-piece are plotting to pull you into their web of deceit with complex knots of guitar strangeness, stomping bass and beefy beats. All this compounded by vocal performances straight out of a murderous alternate Broadway. Expect weird science, unnecessary surgery, robots, dinosaurs, and more in a Zvilnik show.
 
Don't miss this great show on FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY 2017. Doors at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £10 advance (£12 on the door) and are available online NOW from WeGotTickets, SEE Tickets & Skiddle
 
In person from the Continental's bar (01772 499 425) and Action Records (01772 884 772) 
 
     
 
 
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