KatieJane Garside

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KatieJane Garside
Queen Adreena Dublin Castle.jpg
Garside performing with QueenAdreena, Dublin, 2005
Background information
Birth name Katrina Jane Garside
Born (1968-07-08) 8 July 1968 (age 49)
Buckrose, East Riding of Yorkshire, England[1]
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal, noise rock, folk noir
Occupation(s) Vocalist, lyricist, visual artist
Years active 1989–1995, 1999-present
Labels One Little Indian, Blanco y Negro, Rough Trade, Imperial, Deva, A&M
Associated acts Daisy Chainsaw, Test Department, Queenadreena, Lalleshwari, Ruby Throat, Creaming Jesus

Katrina Jane Garside (born 8 July 1968)[2] is an English singer, songwriter, visual artist, and writer. She rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the indie noise rock band Daisy Chainsaw, which she formed in 1989 with guitarist Crispin Gray. After quitting the band in 1993, she would reunite with Gray in 1999 to form the band Queenadreena. She has also written and released material with her project Ruby Throat, a collaboration with Chris Whittingham, since 2007.

Garside has also worked in performance art, film and photography. In late 2007, her exhibition "Darling, they've found the body" was shown at Woom gallery in Birmingham, United Kingdom.[3] She has previously exhibited, in 2005, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; Queenadreena also recorded their first live album there, Live at the ICA (2005). Throughout her musical career, Garside has become particularly known for her manic onstage behaviour and raucous live concerts.

Early life[edit]

Garside was born on 8 July 1968 in Buckrose, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. She has one sister, Melanie. Garside has said that her parents "grew up all over the world," and that up until she was seventeen, she also lived in various countries with them.[4] She spent much of her childhood living on a yacht before settling in London in her early adulthood.[5] Her father had a musical background, playing in bands in London.[6]


1989-1996: Daisy Chainsaw[edit]

Garside formed Daisy Chainsaw in 1989 after responding to an advert in a newspaper by guitarist Crispin Gray.[7] Bassist Richard Adams joined the band, along with Canadian drummer Vince Johnson. The group quickly became well known for their wild live performances, featuring Garside drilling doll heads onstage and drinking juice out of baby bottles.[7] The band's raucous concerts would sometimes result in Garside performing self-mutilation onstage.[8] Russell Senior, guitarist of Pulp, recalled that at one 1989 concert in London, Garside wrapped the microphone cord so tightly around her neck onstage that she lost consciousness, and the show had to be ended early.[9]

Garside's look was described as a "Gothic street urchin image, complete with dead flowers meshed into her dreadlocked hair".[7] In a review of one of the band's concert's in 1991, an unnamed journalist said: "KatieJane Garside is either in drastic need of psychiatric help or she deserves an Oscar for best actress."[10]

The band released Eleventeen in 1992, which would be their only full-length album before Garside left the band in 1993. The album spawned "Love Your Money", which was the band's most popular single; they performed the song live on British television show The Word in 1992. "Love Your Money" reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1992.[11]

The band toured the United Kingdom with Hole and Mudhoney to promote the album prior to its release, and Garside drew comparisons from British press to Hole's frontwoman Courtney Love.[6] Love allegedly cited Garside as one of the "first true riot grrls" in 1991;[12][13] Garside never associated herself with the movement, which was based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

After Garside left Daisy Chainsaw, she disappeared from the public eye and music scene, going into seclusion. Due to her manic onstage histrionics and bizarre behaviour in interviews, rumours circulated that Garside had fallen into mental illness.[7] In spite of the rumours of purported seclusion, Garside was given a credit in the liner notes of the 1993 Frostbite album, Second Coming. She also collaborated with the industrial band Test Department in 1995 on their album Totality.[14]

1997-2007: Queenadreena[edit]

Garside reportedly moved to the Lake District in 1996,[15] where she lived in the historical Rigg Beck, a notorious retreat for artists and bohemians that burnt down in July 2008.[16] She had no intentions of returning to music until the late 1990s when former guitarist Crisipin Gray contacted her; in 1999,[17] they formed Queenadreena and released three studio albums: Taxidermy, Drink Me, and The Butcher and the Butterfly.

After recording Live at the ICA, which featured a live 2005 performance at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the band released two more albums, Ride a Cockhorse, which featured unreleased 4-track demos, and Djin, which was their final studio release before disbanding around 2009.

Garside's solo work of this time includes a collection of home recordings called Lalleshwari/Lullabies in a Glasswilderness released in 2006. Complementing this release was a collection of short films made by KatieJane. Garside also collaborated with artist Daniel Schaffer, co-creating the comic books Indigo Vertigo and Lesions in the Brain.

2008-present: Ruby Throat, other projects[edit]

In 2007, shortly before the release of Queenadreena's final album Djin, Garside released her first collaboration with guitarist Chris Whittingham, titled The Ventriloquist, under the band name Ruby Throat. Garside met Whittingham while he was busking at a train platform on London Underground, and asked him to collaborate.[18] In contrast to Queenadreena's metal and noise rock style, Ruby Throat is a more ethereal, vocal based project primarily featuring acoustic guitar.[18] The album was well-received, and critics drew comparisons to the work of PJ Harvey and Mazzy Star.[19]

The duo released a Tour EP in 2009, featuring handmade artwork, followed by their second record, Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird (2009). In 2012, they released their third album, O' Doubt O' Stars, which featured a limited edition packaging with a book of lithographs and Garside's art, as well as handwritten lyrics.[20]

According to their Facebook page, the band began working on a new album in the beginning of 2013.[21] In 2014 a new song, "Secret Fires", was released on the third Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions compilation Axels & Sockets.[22] It was accounced on August 1, 2014 that Ruby Throat's fourth album will be called Baby Darling Toporo.[23]

In November 2016 Katiejane announced the forthcoming release of a limited edition book of 34 poems entitled 'A whispering frayed edge' from 'someone who thinks she is katiejane garside' written as a closing chapter to a four-year voyage around the world in a small boat with a baby (so they couldn't find us), the roots of flowers in our mouths. A collection of songs is to follow early next year.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Little is known about Garside aside from her professional life; she has described herself as a recluse. "I could be anywhere, really, and it wouldn't make a lot of difference, so I don't know necessarily that much about the country that I was born in and that I've lived in,"[4] she said in 2008. In 1993, after leaving Daisy Chainsaw, rumours circulated that Garside had fallen into mental illness. Garside reportedly moved to a house in the Lake District[15] and was not heard from until 1999 when she formed Queenadreena.

As of 2012, she lived on a ketch named Iona with her partner Chris Whittingham and their two children, then aged 10 years and 10 months. The boat was damaged in a storm in St. Mawes, Cornwall in June 2012; they made repairs in Falmouth[25] and left England shortly afterwards with the intention to sail around the world.


Daisy Chainsaw
  • LoveSickPleasure EP (Deva, 1991)
  • Pink Flower EP (1992)
  • Eleventeen (One Little Indian, 1992)
Ruby Throat
  • The Ventriloquist (2007) (Version limited to 500, signed and numbered)
  • Tour EP (2009) (Limited Edition handmade 5-track EP sold exclusively on their 2009 tour, including 2 photographs)
  • Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird (2009) (Version limited to 500 number copies, including 10 fine art prints, 5 photographs and a personal effect)
  • O' Doubt O' Stars (2012) (34-page ribboned and hand assembled litho printed art book, 12 songs, 55 minutes, 500 numbered copies) and (Albums 1–10, handwritten cover, signed and numbered, KJG original handwritten lyrics of 1 of the 12 songs (these were used in making the finished artwork litho plates). There are only 10 of these in total, so they will go 1 song lyric sheet each with the first 10 albums, signed and numbered photo)
  • The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project: Axels & Sockets (Various artists compilation featuring Ruby Throat's cover of Secret Fires by The Gun Club)
  • Baby Darling Taporo (TBA)
  • Creaming Jesus – Dead Time EP (1991)
  • Creaming Jesus – Guilt By Association (1992)
  • Frostbite – The Second Coming (1993)
  • The Sacred Sawdust Ring: The Greatest Show Of Truth (1994)
  • Test Dept – Totality 1 (1995)
  • Test Dept – Totality (1995)
  • Test Dept – Totality 1 & 2: The Mixes (1997)
  • Mínus – Halldór Laxness (2004)
  • Ghostigital – In Cod We Trust (2006)
  • Stories From The Moon – Stories From The Moon (2006)
  • Jeff Zentner – The Dying Days Of Summer (2009)


  1. ^ "England & Wales Births 1837-2006: Katrina Jane Garside". Find My Past. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVW6-LHLB : 1 October 2014), Katrina Jane Garside, 1968; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (2012); citing Birth Registration, Buckrose, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. ^ "Darling, they've found the body". Woom Gallery. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Dir En Grey vs. QueenAdreena". Artist on Artist: Japan. 2008. 
  5. ^ "O Canals! O London: An Interview with KatieJane Garside". EUTERPE'S NOTEBOOK. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Garside, KatieJane. Interview with Daisy Chainsaw. Rapido. BBC2. 1991.
  7. ^ a b c d "Daisy Chainsaw". Rock Detector. 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  8. ^ O'Brien 2012.
  9. ^ Senior 2015.
  10. ^ "Queen Adreena". Bust (34-36): 94. 2005. 
  11. ^ Roberts 2006, p. 138.
  12. ^ "Katie Jane Garside". SoundWound.com. 
  13. ^ "KatieJane Garside: Biography". BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Totality – Test Department". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "KatieJane Garside Biography". Tout Part Out. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Landmark Lakes House Destroyed By Fire Was 'Home' To Stars". Newsandstar.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  17. ^ Slade 2015, pp. 170–71.
  18. ^ a b Perkins, Jeff (8 September 2009). "Music Review: Ruby Throat - The Ventriloquist". Blog Critics. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  19. ^ Martin, Erin Lyndal (18 June 2009). "Ruby Throat: The Ventriloquist". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Pyles, David N., ed. (2012). "FAME Review: Ruby Throat - O' Doubt O' Stars". Acoustic Music. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ruby Throat's Official Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "VARIOUS ARTISTS - AXELS & SOCKETS: THE JEFFREY LEE PIERCE SESSIONS PROJECT". recordcollectormag.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  23. ^ Amy-Louise Allen. "??". Facebook. Retrieved 30 April 2015. ...meanwhile RUBY THROAT pick up their broken shells; and ask the wind to quiet down, 4th album 'BABY DARLING TAPORO' soon come, we can hear a thread of music in our hair... 
  24. ^ Katiejane's mailing list
  25. ^ "Yacht survives crashing into harbour wall". Practical Boat Owner. June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 


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