September 21, 2017
EXSAGE DEBUT NEW EP TOTAL DEVOTION VIA THE 405
“Bandleader Kate Clover lets her raw passion and talent take over on every track, offering something that truly snarls and throws punches in all the most pleasing ways.”
– The 405
“…Clover is slowly revving an engine of chugging bass, sparks of guitar dancing around the fuel that is her Alison Mosshart-does-pop vocals.”
– Consequence of Sound
“With their lo-fi, leather jacket vibes, comparisons to bands like The Kills and The Raveonettes are inevitable, but the five-song EP injects those garage bones with engine oil-sludgy desert rock guitars, Clover’s big, almost-pop vocals, and a touch of Nick Cave ominousness.“
“…their sticky sweet harmonies amidst a chunky, guitar driven sound stands out with an undeniable raw fervor.”
– Grimy Goods
“…comes at you like a desert-baked version of indie guitar-slingers like the Duke Spirit, the Kills…Or maybe X on a road trip in the wilderness beyond Joshua Tree.”
– Buzzbands LA
Today, LA-based, desert punk band, ExSage, debut their follow up EP, Total Devotion, via The 405 in advance of the official release tomorrow. The 405 praised the release in their exclusive premiere, describing it as “a barrage of crushing guitars and addictive melodies that you will find yourself playing on repeat for days to come.” The EP will be available on all DSPs tomorrow, September 22nd.
Total Devotion was sparked by a midnight drive through Los Angeles after Kate Clover (singer/guitarist) heard Suicide’s Ghost Rider on a left-of the-dial station. Clover returned home and feverishly wrote, she was a woman on a mission and that mission was to be ruthlessly true to herself no matter the cost. The EP’s juxtaposing sound is also inspired by, PJ Harvey, Let Love In era Nick Cave and Black Sabbath. Lyrically, the EP touches on French Surrealism – using Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud’s poetic styles for reference. Lead single “Under Your Spell” is inspired by the late 70s punk band Suicide, and presents the blues against pulsing synths that takes a Sabbath like turn. Lead single “Under Your Spell,” debuted via Consequence Of Sound, who state, “Take that vexing desire and bake it under the desert sun, and you’ve got ExSage’s new single “Under Your Spell”.” The track comes from the band’s forthcoming EP, Total Devotion, out September 22nd. The EP was recorded in Los Angeles with engineer Jon Gilbert (The Kills, OFF!). Second single “Come Alive” is about coming into your own. It’s about, facing what your fear most in order to feel alive. The track features a psychedelic, stoner bass line and roaring synths. Third single “So Intertwined” is the slow burner on the EP, an invitation to look beyond the horizon. Total Devotion is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 debut EP, Out of the Blue, produced by Alain Johannes (PJ Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age).
Reinforcing her new spark, Clover played every instrument on the EP (except drums), which empowered her to be fearless. When it came time to assemble a live band Clover knew it had to be all female, an aspect she felt she had overlooked in the past as being the sole female member. A symbolic change, that marks a new era for the project with hopes of inspiring other females to pursue what they believe in. Their debut EP, Out of the Blue, was picked up by Noisey, All Things Go and various LA tastemakers like LA Weekly, Grimy Goods and Buzzbands LA.