Today, Los Angeles-based rocker Kate Clover shares “Daisy Cutter,” the final track from her upcoming debut album, Bleed Your Heart Out (due April 22, 2022 via SongVest Records/SVR). The track is a real exuberant punk-rock number, showing Kate’s affinity for fuzzy riffs and toe tapping melodies. The single is accompanied by a music video, directed by Nicole Lipp and featuring Kate performing the track live to gawking audiences.
Speaking on her new single, Kate wrote: “‘Daisy Cutter’ is the first love song I have ever written. It was sonically influenced by The Buzzcocks, Ramones and Pub rock. I wrote it falling in love and I wanted it to reflect the adrenaline of that feeling and how your heart feels like an exploding grenade. To me, there’s no greater feeling.” Speaking of her upcoming debut album, Kate continued:
“Bleed Your Heart Out is inspired by the glitz and grime of classic LA punk. Bands such as X, The Gun Club and The Germs, enriched with a power-pop punch from the Buzzcocks. Lyrically inspired by Nick Cave and X’s transgressive and poetic approach to songwriting and the wit and musical cadence of Hunter S. Thompson.Thematically, it explores the intricacies of government conspiracies, self-discovery, love, hate and self -preservation.This is a rallying cry for believers.
Kate Clover is a songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California. From the local lineage of bands like X, Germs and The Gun Club, to the glamorous squalor of the downtown streets, Clover draws inspiration from the city that raised her, exploring the intricacies of self-discovery, self-creation and self-preservation where dreams are born to die. With the energy of live wire and the crackling force of defiant fists raised in the air, Clover’s music is the rallying cry of a born killer. Leading a bunch of rambunctious lanky aces of boys, Clover is an electric figure – a next-gen underground hero for budding believers.
With Patti Smith and Iggy Pop as artistic stars of the North, Clover mastered three chords and defected to art school, where she learned to play “Chinese Rocks” by Johnny Thunders, and wrote her first song. She cut her teeth playing in various projects but was determined to go solo, seeking independence and total control. In 2019, she parted ways with her old bands and was looking for a fresh start. Needing to discover herself and escape her life in America, she traveled to Mexico City to write. A four-day trip turned into four months, because Clover decided to stay and record his album. Upon her return to the United States, she started a band and quickly carved out a place for herself on the LA scene. Earning a reputation for explosive live shows, Clover spent 2019 hitting the road with Death Valley Girls, Crocodiles, King Dude and SadGirl. After independently releasing its debut single last year, Clover’s first offering for 2020 is a new mix of Carlos de la Garza’s “Channel Zero” (Cherry Glazerr, Bleached, Paramore, Wolf Alice) ahead of an upcoming EP.
Growing up in the fringe cultures of skateboarding and surfing, Clover has always been drawn to the otherness of the West Coast counterculture – the gritty innocence of the barbarian saints and dissatisfied children around her. But it was her brother’s copy of photographer Glen E. Friedman’s book “F*** You Heroes,” where Clover first saw herself, reflected in the energy and intensity of her punk images. -rock. “I didn’t know what that meant yet,” she explains. “I was drawn to the rebellion I felt I shared with the subjects of his work. I connected with bravery.” In these photos, Clover’s budding troubles have found a cause to cling to. Beach weekends turned into show weekends. “I was driving home in a taxi smiling, covered in sweat, spit and beer. I found my place.” Determined to enter the brotherhood of the artist, she immerses herself in the salvation of rock ‘n’ roll.
Photo credits: Allan Wan