The March Violets, The Botanic Verses

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The best-of from this three-dimensional version of the Sisters of Mercy.

Like the more established Sisters of Mercy, the March Violets emerged from Leeds, England, in the early '80s with brooding songs driven by shadowy guitar stabs and programmed rock drumming. But their best-of collection The Botanic Verses proves the Violets were less apocalyptic and one-dimensional than the Sisters. Sure, vocalist Simon Denbigh sounds like a vampire, but the Violets frequently reached beyond the black, threading syncopated dance beats and pop melodies into their cobwebbed creations.