Angelica were an all-girl punk rock band from Lancaster, England. Holly Ross (lead vocals and guitar), Brigit Colton (bass guitar), Claire Windsor (guitar) and Rachel Parsons (drums) formed the band while still at school in 1994 and performed until 2003. Their music was influenced by punk music mixed with surf rock overtones, and feminist lyrics.
Holly Ross - lead vocals, guitar,
Claire Windsor - guitars,
Brigit Colton - vocals, bass guitar,
Rachel Parsons - drums and percussion,
Beginning with their first single, "Teenage Girl Crush" on the independent label Deceptive Records in 1997, they were regulars on the independent music scene, making numerous appearances on BBC Radio 1's Evening Session and the legendary John Peel show as well as supporting The Beautiful South at the Galpharm Stadium (formerly McAlpine Stadium) in Huddersfield. After disagreements with Deceptive Records management, they switched labels to Fantastic Plastic. In August 1999, their "Why Did You Let My Kitten Die?" single was voted Alternative Record of the Year by the Evening Session audience. Their follow-up single in November 1999, "Bring Back Her Head", peaked at No 8 in the Indie Charts. The band finished the year with a Peel Session and a showcase set on Lamacq Live. In January 2000, Angelica played at the NME Premier Awards with Ash and Muse. In April 2000, their mini-albumThe End of a Beautiful Career, recorded in Matrix Studios London and produced by Paul Tipler, reached No 4 in the Indie charts. In August 2000, the band played at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, and their single "Take Me I'm Your Disease" entered the Indie charts at No 1.
In 2002, Angelica completed a European tour supporting Babes in Toyland and also appeared on the UK Ladyfest Tour. Their first full-length album, The Seven Year Itch, was produced by Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland and Katastrophy Wife.and Gavin Monaghan. Angelica also ended the year by headlining the Lancaster Music Co-op benefit weekend. The band played in September 2002 at the Lancaster venue, The Yorkshire House. At some point after this performance, the band split.
Bridget Colton and Rachel Parsons appeared with Lancastrian band The Adventures of Loki from 2003 to 2010. Holly Ross is now playing with The Lovely Eggs. Rachel Parsons is now playing with Lancaster hip-hop funk band Carpe.
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