ello and welcome back to another edition of this ever-growing music series. This week I’m residing in London where the band I’m going to look at was formed.
For the singer, she’s had four projects, however, the band in question will be her second and most successful project. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band live and loved their crazy onstage behaviour.
Without further ado, I’m going to get into this and let you know that the singer is none other than, Katie Jane Garside, which means the band is Queenadreena.
The band formed out of the dust and ashes of Daisy Chainsaw in the late 90s and in 2000, they released their debut album, Taxidermy. I was 15 at the time and not yet 16. This was the year my life changed forever – musically, the choices I made and the consequences of those choices and the people I met along the way – and in some ways, I’m thankful and others I’d like to go back and change some things, but not because of regret. I don’t regret anything.
Two years later and their follow up album, Drink Me (2002) is released. After finishing my last year of high school – the first half of the year being in my first band, the Indie Jazz outfit Going Slowly Backwards (2001), for the shortest time of 24 hours and throughout 2002 going under the name Dani which was temporary until my next project.
A few years past as did a few projects but in 2005, Queenadreena’s third effort, The Butcher and the Butterfly was released and the following year I went to see the band live where I got to see Garside’s live performance first hand, which can only be described as crazy and bizarre, but I have a penchant for the weird and the wonderful.
2005 for me not a good year as I’d neglected my one band and my second solo project, all because the co-founder wanted recognition for being in a band rather than being a solo artist, so I dropped the solo project while keeping Disposition alive, just.
Their fourth album, Ride a Cock Horse (2007) was released two and a half years after their previous effort. This came at a time my life started crashing down around me, so for the next few years I walked away and turned my back on music and missed this release and their final album, Djin (2009), until after they split up. They officially split in 2010 but I didn’t hear the albums until this year as I felt ready to now.
Throughout Garside’s career fans and media have rumoured that her mental health is suffering, however, she has said very little about herself in interviews apart from that she’s a recluse. So, in the breaks between projects she is most likely by herself creating new material. Since 2012 though, she has been living on a boat with her husband and two children.
I identified with Garside because my own mental health went south for three years and nearly killed me. Therefore, Queenadreena are the band I closely identify with regarding my music, because their career spans the amount of time I’ve been writing and all the projects I’ve been in. My latest project is a new wave of new music and a new love for fresh music. I also can identify with the way Garside behaves. I also behave rather erratically from time to time and that’s usually because I’m trying to hide something or I’m intentionally not wanting people to find something out.
This is it for now and if you want to find out more about mental health and to put this blog into perspective, have a read of one of my previous blogs on The Cardigans. Until next time, take care.