Chainsaw Masochist

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.


Still Ill

Flying Nun


Murray Couling - guitar, vocals

Debbie Silvey - guitar, backing vocals

Darren McShane - bass

Ricky McShane - drums


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”.

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