Chainsaw Masochist Profile

Michael Higgins
12 May 2013

Despite their bloodcurdling name, Chainsaw Masochist wasn’t one of the legion of noisy, angry bands on the rise in the late 80s/early 90s.

Instead, the Auckland four-piece purveyed a more wistful, bittersweet sound – and weren’t afraid to augment their guitar, bass and drums with piano, cello and accordion.

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Still Ill

Flying Nun


Chainsaw Masochist covered Engelbert Humperdinck’s MOR hit The Last Waltz on their Periphery album because they already had their own song about “two lonely people”.


Murray Couling - guitar, vocals

Debbie Silvey - guitar, backing vocals

Darren McShane - bass

Ricky McShane - drums