(photo by Christa Holka)
There is a flurry of activity surrounding The Raincoats right now, including rare live appearances, film projects and album re-issues.
The buzz began in March after a tantalizing preview screening for the band’s documentary/tour diary film, Fairytales, directed by Gina Birch at the BFI hosted 2009 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF).
In April they followed up with a stellar appearance in Krems, Austria at the Donau Festival as part of the Chicks on Speed hosted Girlmonster programme.
The next date in the diary, at the end of September, is a live performance at London’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the Icon-i-coustic series in conjunction with the Gay Icons exhibition. The event is also a celebration of the upcoming Kill Rock Stars re-issue of their 1979 self-titled debut album. Following which the band will embark on a limited four city tour of the U.S. in mid October, including their first ever visit to the west coast.
Catch them if you can and treasure the opportunity to sing along with “Lola” at the top of your voice in the front row. Here’s the trailer of the Fairytales film from the LLGFF, to whet your appetite…