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Daisy Chain Halo


Hailing from Rotorua, Gisborne and Feilding respectively, Luke Hale, Corinna Watts and Carl Watkins joined forces in the middle of the mighty Waikato to create Daisy Chain Halo in 2001. A trio of emotional intensity and driving energy, the band had a unique ability to create a bigger, richer sound than what would normally be expected of a simple line-up of vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums.

The seeds of what would later become Daisy Chain Halo were planted when Carl and Corinna met studying music at Whitireia Polytech in Porirua, Wellington in 1998. Later that year Corinna joined Carl, guitarist Adrian Win and drummer Ben Chapman in Porch, performing around Wellington and the middle North Island. Porch disbanded in 1999, with Carl and Corinna continuing to write and perform together as a duo until 2000 when they decided to relocate to Hamilton, naming themselves The Crimson Scene. Former Pushkin drummer BJ Hiha moved from Wellington to join them for a time, as did former Porch drummer Ben, who occupied the drum stool for The Crimson Scene and later DCH several times between 2000 - 2002, including playing with the band in Australia.

In 2001 Daisy Chain Halo won The Waikato Band Experiments, Waikato Battle of the Bands, and the Waikato regional final of the NZ Battle of the Bands competitions, performing in the national final of the latter in Auckland.
Luke Hale joined after meeting Carl through a social soccer team in 2002, and went on to become their longest serving drummer and much-loved musical soulmate. The three shared a special chemistry as musicians and as friends, which in the end would prove to be irreplaceable after Luke left the band.

DCH enjoyed a well-received debut tour of Melbourne, Australia in 2002, released their EP nationwide to great reviews in 2004, and traversed their first New Zealand-wide tour of both islands the same year in support of its release.

The band received airplay on student radio stations nationwide, on Channel Z and Kiwi FM, and on Radio New Zealand National, with Liz Barry choosing their self-titled Daisy Chain Halo EP among her Top 10 releases of 2004, and Nick Bollinger interviewing the band for The Sampler music show. Hamilton's The Generator FM were also keen supporters of the band, hosting frequent live-to-air performances.

DCH performed live on TVNZ's Good Morning show in 2003, and featured on TV3's Nightline programme in 2004.

Along with scores of their own shows up, down and around the country, the trio were blessed to share bills with luminaries Andrew Fagan, Chris Knox, Fur Patrol, The Bads, Degrees.K, Connan & The Mockasins and The Checks (when they were youngin's).

Daisy Chain Halo ended in late May 2005 but have remained good friends, with all three members continuing on different musical journeys.

Band Members:
Carl Watkins (vocals, guitar)
Corinna Watts (bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals)
Luke Hale (drums, percussion)

Studio Guests:
Ben Chapman (drums)
Nathan Koretz (hammond organ)
BJ Hiha (drums)


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  • Soft-Light Serenade

    Everyone's favourite slow burner, Soft-Light Serenade comes as close to crystallizing the essence of Daisy Chain Halo as anything does. Available on the new Daisy Chain Halo album, due out in Feb / March of 2004 ... "When there's a song as beautiful as Soft-Light Serenade on offer, you pay attention. In fact, it DEMANDS that you sit, if not lie back, and marvel at it's inherent magnificence ... " - Buzz
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Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2003 7:49 pm
Hamilton's Daisy Chain Halo are finally nutting out their long-awaited debut album, having just finished tracking last week. Mixing, with engineer extraordinaire Scott Newth (of The Datsuns fame), is due to start this week. Release is set for Feb/March 2004, with a tour to follow. Watch this space for more details!

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