Ana da Silva

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Ana da Silva
Born Madeira in Portugal
Genres Post punk
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1977–present

Rough Trade

Chicks on Speed
Associated acts The Raincoats

Ana da Silva is a founding member of The Raincoats.[1] In February 2005, she released a solo album The Lighthouse on Chicks on Speed Records.[2]


Born in Madeira island of Portugal,[3] da Silva relocated to London, and while studying at Hornsey College of Art, she formed The Raincoats with Gina Birch in 1977.[4] She worked at the Rough Trade shop in the Ladbroke Grove during her time in the band.[4]

In approximately 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 1994, 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.


The Raincoats[edit]



  • 2004 - "In Awe of a Painting" / "Litany"[9]



  1. ^ Raincoats interview (Net #12) Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b The Lighthouse: Ana da Silva
  3. ^ Schroeder, Audra (2012) "Ana da Silva on The Raincoats' Legacy", Dallas Observer, 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2017
  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. ^ In Awe of a Painting (7" Vinyl)

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