Daisy Chainsaw [Special]

Daisy Chainsaw [Special]

Katie Jane Garside was the quirky starlet of the U.K. band Daisy Chainsaw. Her naive stage persona of torn dresses smeared with dirt was a disturbing yet enchanting look into the punk-pop four-piece who had a short-lived spot in alternative music. Joining Garside was bassist Richard Adams, drummer Vince Johnson, and guitarist Crispin Grey, and together the band made their debut with 1991's LoveSickPleasure EP.

One Little Indian took notice, signing the band and issuing Daisy Chainsaw's full-length studio effort Eleventeen the following year. Garside left the band soon afterwards, citing difficulty with the pressures of fame. Without the passion of Garside, Daisy Chainsaw was no longer impressive. Grey attempted to keep things going with the 1995 lackluster follow-up You're Gruesome, but the demise of the band was long overdue and Daisy Chainsaw disappeared. Garside resurfaced in the new millennium, again joining forces with Grey for Queen Adreena.

It is hard to believe that during the women's punk revolution of the early '90s, the talented Daisy Chainsaw barely made a blip on the music radar. Taking their cue from proto-punks like the Stooges and modern noise-bringers like Pussy Galore, Daisy Chainsaw had a brutal guitar assault that was grounded by awesome, twisted vocals. From the pounding "I Feel Insane" to the otherworld eeriness of "Use Me Use You," they prove that they are adept to many different styles while still retaining their unique sound. Some tracks, like "Dog With Sharper Teeth," are almost pop with their catchy melodies and up-tempo feel. But it is the mountains of ear-shattering guitar that brings this music its intense power.

"Hope Your Dreams Come True" is the perfect example; barely holding molten riffs back from overtaking the fragile vocals, this is like the ugly younger sister to the Stooges' classic "Dirt," building to a brutal ending that bubbles over with raw anger. Never following trends and keeping a scary public image worked against them, keeping them behind their contemporaries in Hole and Babes in Toyland. But time has been very kind to their music, making Daisy Chainsaw a rare treat for any fan of solid, female-fronted alternative rock.

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Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen (1992)
Daisy Chainsaw - For They Know Not What They Do (1994)

Daisy Chainsaw - Love Sick Pleasure (1991)
Daisy Chainsaw - Hope Your Dreams Come True (1992)
Daisy Chainsaw - Pink Flower (1992)
Daisy Chainsaw - You're Gruesome (1995)