There’s nothing quite like being in the desert. It is an inimitable feeling when the heavy heat of day submits to the piercing cold of night. The setting sun bruises the sky as it strikes the horizon and sinks, stripping the gilding from the sand and exposing the cold faces of the stars. High noon and the witching hour are equally captivating; both are unnerving, both are electrifying. Night condenses and expands and hundreds of unblinking eyes emerge, gaping.
The desert demands transformation. What thrives there is thorned. What survives slinks between shadows. To exist there is to withstand its vastness—an act of defiance. For thousands of years, it has tested us, summoned us to solitude to confront ourselves. Both Tim Foley and Kate Clover heeded this call. Beneath a storm-stained sky thick with anticipation, the former flames found themselves reunited. As lightning scarred the sand, they resolved to sonically sublimate its essence. Exsage emerged from the eye of this storm.
Exsage recorded their debut EP in Los Angeles with producer Alain Johnannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan), which will be released worldwide in the spring of 2016.
Described as a ‘Synthpop disruptor’ the spellbinding Wendy Bevan is an artist in the fullest and most authentic sense, combining a surreal and theatrical approach to her work as a Musician, ushering us into the scope of her vivid and dramatic imagination, storytelling through song she creates something thrilling and unique in her live performances. Her debut album ‘Rose and Thorn’ released 2016 produced by Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague) reached critical acclaim, bringing together dark pulsing electronic synths and minimalist post punk basslines throbbing under her distinct vocals, the album featured live strings from the Balanescu Quartet and her single Love From The Moon thatrecently reached number one in the European Alternative charts. Wendy’s own take on cold wave inspired electronica has seen her compared to the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Depeche Mode, The Knife and KAS Product.
The question that has been keeping us up at night all these years – what if The Knack and The Birthday Party got together and had kids – has finally been answered … and it’s Gateway Drugs.
Hailing from the dark streets of sunny Los Angeles Gab, Noa, and Liv Niles are the real live children of The Knack’s Preston Niles. Blues Williams, a sworn in blood brother, rounds out the band.
Liv - lead vocals, guitars, bass, theremin – packs a voice smoky sweet like Chrissie and Patsy but lays down sonic smoking leads like Jay and Johnny.
Noa - lead vocals, guitars, keys - croons like a teen angel then coaxes waves of pure bliss and snarling panthers from his guitar.
Gab – lead vocals, drums, guitars, bass – pounds his kit like a freight train stampeding down the midnight rails while he howls at the moon.
Blues – vocals, bass, guitars, banjos - holds it all together, riding the dark swells with thundering lines and perfect cheek bones, trying his best to keep all the real girls from going under.
Gateway Drugs shows are a controlled cauldron of total rock and roll inspiration. All members are multi-instrumentalist lead singers, and the vocals and instruments are thrown around like chainsaw jugglers up on the high wire, or kids who have been playing together since ... well, since they were really little kids. Gateway Drugs are a mind-blowing, heart-altering mix of sex, chaos, bad thoughts, young dreams, and perfect pop hits … take it now.
Listen to the first single off their forthcoming record here: Gateway Drugs / Fridays