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Ana da Silva created this piece using lyrics from Looking in the Shadows, the final studio album she made with the band The Raincoats in 1996. She drew familiar images from her world, wide empty streets and large houses surrounded by crawling vines. Paired with lyrics from the track “Looking in the Shadows,” a suburban scene takes an ominous tone. The first punk band to call themselves feminists, The Raincoats questioned traditional female roles in suburbia and subverted docile, domestic femininity through their loud and messy experiments in sound and sketch. –Courtesy of The Kitchen
Ana da Silva is part of the pioneering female, post-punk band The Raincoats, which she founded in 1977 with Gina Birch in London. The band later performed at The Kitchen in 1980, recording their celebrated album The Kitchen Tapes. Da Silva continues to make music today, and will return to The Kitchen this fall to celebrate the release of Jenn Pelly’s book about The Raincoat’s eponymous first album.
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