It could not be more appropriate that Grass Widow, with their jangly, disjointed pop and siren-like harmonies, would tour with London legends The Raincoats, who combine the whimsy of Melanie and Mo Tucker with the thrashy post-punk of bands like Kleenex/LiLiPUT and The Slits. The Raincoats were truly original, defying genres and famously influencing the likes of Kim Gordon and Kurt Cobain. Thirty-five years later, they continue to fire us up with the reissue of Odyshape on their own We ThRee label.
Both bands will meet up in LA on Tuesday to open the West Coast leg of the tour; they played a few East Coast and Canada dates last year. The Raincoats and Grass Widow then head here to play the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, followed by shows in both Portland and Seattle.
Cheers to Grass Widow, by the way, with their recent exposure on the popular show Portlandia, a slew of rad music videos from bassist/vox-ist Hannah Lew, and the success of their limited edition split 7” with Nature, which M’Ladys Records still has copies of — not to mention this tour.
Grass Widow are obviously stoked to be touring with The Raincoats, as can be seen in this video taken when they backed up their heroes on stage last summer at Montreal Pop.