YOUNG WINONA – ” Killer Daisies “

Posted: July 29, 2021 in MUSIC
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Young Winona is an alternative rock trio originally from New Zealand now living in Los Angeles. Bringing together the distinctive guitar styles and song writing sensibilities of their homeland mixed with an industrial-city edge.  a manic power-rock anthem that writhes under the anxious but virulent wails of lead singer Cassie Gaffaney. Inspired by the feelings of isolation Gaffaney endured when she and her bandmate/husband Nick left their home to pursue their musical careers in Los Angeles. Cassie — the adopted daughter of a Singaporean Muslim mother and an indigenous New Zealand Māori father — brought with her the guitar her father had given to her years previous as a show of support for her musical talent.

New Zealand ex-pats Young Winona (fka Santa Barbara) announced their signing to Poor Man Records early this year when they released the single “L.A Waste”  The trio — Cassie and her husband Nick Gaffaney, along with Geoff Maddock — continued their sticky grunge explorations with the track “Confess” and now they have followed up with “Killer Daises”  a wild thing about menacing flora. “I’m walking in a field full of flowers / that are turning into teeth that want to eat me,” Cassie Gaffaney sings. There’s a fun video too.

“Killer Daises,” with its off-kilter drums and gritty, jangly riffs cuts a jagged path through Cassie’s feelings of solitude. And while the woozy pop-hooks that fill the spaces in between are just as poignant — her “woo-ing” stays with you as a sublime echo in your ear long after the song ends — it all whiplashes abruptly back at the end of the “Killer Daises” crashing crescendo. “What’s happening?! / I don’t seem to be / Remotely in control,” she howls despondently along to the final rousing surges of the song’s finale.

Young Winona – ‘Killer Daisies’ [Official Video]

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