Daucus Karota

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Daucus Karota was one of the numerous side projects of onetime Christian Death frontman Rozz Williams. After leaving the goth rock pioneers in 1985, Williams lay low for a time, then returned in the late…
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Daucus Karota was one of the numerous side projects of onetime Christian Death frontman Rozz Williams. After leaving the goth rock pioneers in 1985, Williams lay low for a time, then returned in the late '80s with several different bands, some of which had a more experimental and industrial bent. Daucus Karota, by contrast, was perhaps the most straightforward rock outfit of any of them, even more so than Williams' main outlet of the time, the goth-oriented Shadow Project. Daucus Karota drew heavily on Williams' roots in British glam and early punk, especially David Bowie, Roxy Music, the New York Dolls, and the Stooges. The name Daucus Karota -- taken from a character in the literary anthology The Drug Experience -- actually dated from the earliest days of Christian Death. When that band's original lineup dissolved in 1982, Williams joined up with the members of Pompeii 99, but wound up keeping the Christian Death name instead of adopting the proposed Daucus Karota moniker.

When Williams' wife and Shadow Project partner Eva O. left for a solo career, Williams resurrected the Daucus Karota name in earnest. Their first major lineup included bassist and co-songwriter Mark Barone, drummer Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo (both regular Williams collaborators of the period), and guitarist Brian Butler. This group toured Germany in late 1993, as documented on the Live in Berlin album, which was actually credited to Williams solo. With new guitarist Roxy, Daucus Karota entered the studio in early 1994 and recorded the only official item in its discography, the five-song EP Shrine, which was released by Triple X. Roxy was subsequently replaced by Rolf Donath, and an entirely different Daucus Karota lineup -- guitarist Brian Hansen, bassist Mike Saavedra, and drummer Todd Dixon -- toured Europe late that year. However, Williams' heroin addiction -- not to mention his other concurrently running projects -- made it difficult to maintain a stable Daucus Karota, and by 1996 the band had effectively ceased to exist. Williams committed suicide in 1998.