Ana da Silva is a founding member and songwriter of pioneering post-punk band The Raincoats. Across four albums, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be – an act of raw expression, not any one sound. They set a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY punk context, marked all the while by Ana’s poetic lyrical style and innovative noise guitar playing.
After The Raincoats’ hiatus in 1984, Ana formed the band Roseland together with This Heat’s Charles Hayward. She wrote music and collaborated with choreographer/dancer Gaby Agis on “Shouting out loud” and “Undine and the Still” and she wrote the music for Channel 4 film “Freefall” in 1988.
Ana returned to song writing and performing with The Raincoats after Kurt Cobain invited them to tour with Nirvana shortly before his untimely death in 1994. In 2005, Ana released her solo debut, “The Lighthouse” – a self-recorded collection of spare, elegant experiments in electronic indie-pop on Chicks on Speed’s label.
Ana’s recent appearances with The Raincoats include a late 2016 collaboration with Angel Olsen for Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary, and a 2017 presentation at The Kitchen, New York of “The Raincoats and Friends”, a celebration of Jenn Pelly’s book “The Raincoats”.
Rough Trade Editions – No.4, Ana da Silva, “Love, oh love” is available online at Rough Trade Books and here in Ana’s shop.
On 28 September 2018 shouting out loud! released “Island”, a new collaborative album from Ana and Japanese electronic artist Phew as a double 12 inch vinyl edition with free download and as a CD.