While most crossover bands that call the United Kingdom home are from the hopping scenes of London or Manchester, Wire Daisies are from the county of Cornwall, population 515,000. The band’s out lead singer, Treana Morris, said that this makes her band "kind-hearted."
"It’s in our blood," she said. "We’re very slow, caring people." From her soft voice and pleasant demeanor, it’s not hard to believe.
Wire Daisies, which released their eponymous second album last May in the U.K., are readying their first American release in October — a CD that includes tracks from both of the band’s two albums as well as two new songs. Their first album, 2003’s Just Another Day, hit No. 1 on the U.K. and French iTunes charts.
As the band’s front woman, Treana Morris is inevitably going to be the center of attention on American shores. A leggy blonde with a cute, razor-edged pixie cut and a style that includes tight, low-rise black jeans and combat boots, she’s bound to break hearts. This past June, the U.K. lesbian magazine Diva featured her as a cover model, calling her one of "Pop’s New Lesbian Pin-Ups."
But for a musician who was discovered by Queen guitarist Roger Taylor while singing in a Cornwall pub, Morris feels lucky just to be playing music.
She has been a widely loved and respected vocalist and guitar player in the U.K. for a decade. After releasing her solo debut, Naked, in 1997, she toured with Queen and Robbie Williams, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans of the larger-than-life acts she opened for. In 2002, she met her current band mates, and they began performing in Cornwell as a nameless wonder.
"We would literally play shows and have no name," Morris explained. Then they came up with House in the Woods, which Morris said was "a mouthful," so they decided to change it — based upon the discovery of a wire daisy perched on a pizza table.
"I wasn’t there when it was decided," she said. "But after a while you don’t think about it anymore. Like U2 — what an awful band name. It sounds like a cheesy pop duo."
Now that they have a name, Morris said that her only concern is that the band is having a good time. "We’re just having fun," she said. "We love it!"
Perhaps she has yet to be made jaded by the music industry, but Morris is an optimistic personality, and that comes through in her song lyrics. From hilarious tracks like "Gay Boy" ("He is a gay boy, and it shows/It’s OK boy, no one knows") to the lovers’ lament "Make Everything Change," Morris’ thick, born-to-rock vocals have appealed to U.K. fans for the six years the band has been together.
Watch the video for "Gay Boy" here: