|Like their contemporaries the Sisters of Mercy and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The March Violets were a slow, droning goth rock band from Leeds, England. The group was formed in 1981 by vocalist Simon Denbigh and guitarist Tom Ashton, along with additional vocalist Rosie Garland.
With a bass player and drum machine, this lineup recorded the EP Religious As Hell in 1982 for Sisters of Mercy leader Andrew Eldritch's Merciful Release label; it received some exposure on DJ John Peel's radio program. Bassist Loz Elliott joined the band in 1983, in addition to vocalist Cleo Murray, who replaced Garland. A spat with Eldritch led The Violets to found their own Rebirth label, which in 1984 issued a collection of the group's early singles and EPs entitled Natural History, which featured the club hit "Snake Dance."
In 1985, Denbigh was forced out as well, and with him went much of the band's passion; a second compilation, Electric Shades, was issued in that year, and a live drummer had joined the lineup to no avail. After contributing two songs to the soundtrack of Some Kind of Wonderful in 1986, the group split up. Cleopatra issued a comprehensive retrospective, Botanic Verses, in 1994. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide