Ana da Silva

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Ana da Silva
BornMadeira in Portugal
GenresPost punk
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1977–present
LabelsRough Trade
Chicks on Speed
shouting out loud!
Associated actsThe Raincoats

Ana da Silva is a musician, best known as a founding member of post-punk rock band The Raincoats.[1]


Born in Madeira island of Portugal,[2] she grew up without television and little access to popular culture.[3] She had exposure to music through radio, and as a child was deeply moved by rock and roll from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.[3] She went to university in Lisbon where she met Gina Birch.[3] Da Silva relocated to London, and while studying at Hornsey College of Art, she formed the Raincoats with Birch in 1977.[4] She worked at the Rough Trade shop in the Ladbroke Grove during her time in the band.[4]

In 1984 she provided backing vocals on the Go-Betweens' "Bachelor Kisses".[5] After releasing three albums, the Raincoats split up in 1984, da Silva going on to collaborate with drummer Charles Hayward of This Heat (one of many drummers that had passed through the Raincoats' ranks) as the duo Roseland, although they abandoned the project after recording some demos.[6]

She went on to write music for choreographer Gaby Agis's productions, subsequently concentrated on painting.[6] While working in a cousin's antique shop in London, she met longtime Raincoats fan Kurt Cobain, prompting him to convince DGC to reissue the band's back catalogue.[7][8]

The Raincoats reformed and released a new album in 1996, but da Silva did not then produce any new music until the 2005 album The Lighthouse.

Ana da Silva performed live in London, Munich, Portugal and at the Ladyfestspain in Madrid.




  • 2004 - "In Awe of a Painting" / "Litany"[10]



  1. ^ Raincoats interview (Net #12) Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Schroeder, Audra (2012) "Ana da Silva on The Raincoats' Legacy", Dallas Observer, 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2017
  3. ^ a b c Wolfe, Allison. "I'm in the Band: Ana da Silva". I'm in the Band. Episode 5.
  4. ^ a b Young, Rob (2006) Rough Trade, Black Dog Publishing Ltd., ISBN 978-1904772477, p. 91
  5. ^ Go-Betweens article San Francisco Bay Guardian
  6. ^ a b Phares, Heather "Ana da Silva Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2017
  7. ^ Cross, Charles et al (2016) Kurt Cobain and Nirvana - Updated Edition: The Complete Illustrated History, Voyageur Press, ISBN 978-0760351789, p. 68
  8. ^ Press, Joy (1994) "Rainy Day Women", Spin, February 1994, p. 16. Retrieved 18 March 2017 via Google Books
  9. ^ The Lighthouse: Ana da Silva
  10. ^ In Awe of a Painting (7" Vinyl)

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