Young Winona
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Young Winona

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Rock




"Young Winona Sinks Her Fangs Into The Virgil On All Hallows Eve"

The historic Silver Lake watering hole, The Virgil, served as a gathering of ghouls on a hauntingly still and warm Indian summer Halloween night. As the neighborhood trick-or-treaters called it an early night due to school the next morning, the summoning on Santa Monica Boulevard congregated the masses like moths to the flame, albeit later than the scheduled 8:30pm start time. Chase Petra, Esemae and Ned and the Dirt brought their wicked sets to an intimate yet spellbound crowd. Ned and the Dirt’s final song belted a befitting chant that included the lyric ‘don’t let me die.’

At the witching hour of midnight, Young Winona, a 3-piece band with deep Kiwi roots dug into their instruments like grunge gods obliterating anything in their path. They tore open their set with a divinely disheveled, “Red Dress” and segued into the multi-tempo’d “Sadistic” which transported me to The Pretenders’ “Middle of the Road.” The tom-heavy breakdown was pulsating and the ending in half time was a refreshing rhythmic jolt to the senses.

The Chanteuse, Cassie Gaffaney, wearing skeleton make-up and braided pony-tails topped with a black beanie came up for air and a sip of water and introduced the band as Young Winona. A heavy bass and drum intro to their next tune kept the heat hot with an old Santa B. ditty, “Confess” which included a scalding guitar solo by the sexy skeleton herself on her cream and white custom solid-body by Lush Guitars.

With a “Happy Halloween” and an intro to their new song, “L.A. Waste” she exclaimed, “it is a bit of a love song about Los Angeles.” The slow methodical dirge took us on a somber tour of the dark streets of L.A. The crowd favorite, “Reptile Lover” had a rooster, a pirate, a witch, a lumberjack and other costumed freaks dancing and screaming to the catchy tune.

The closing treat was the new “Slo Motion Wave” with impressive vocals laced with tricky hi-hat and drum fills that captivated the ghostly gathering.

Young Winona has another upcoming show on November 6 at 8:00PM at The Federal, North Hollywood for “Indie Night” with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, Others (Single Release), Bad Town and Valley Echo. - Girl Underground Music


Still working on that hot first release.



Young Winona is an alternative rock trio originally from New Zealand currently based
in Los Angeles. Bringing together the distinctive guitar styles and
songwriting sensibilities of their homeland mixed with an
industrial-city edge.
Led by Cassie Gaffaney on vocals/guitar, Nick Gaffaney (Cairo Knife
Fight) on drums and Geoff Maddock (Goldenhorse) on bass, the trio have
been busy putting the finishing touches on their debut EP following a
successful crowdfunding campaign in August 2019.

Band Members