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 destitution of the downtown streets, Clover is inspired by the city that raised her, exploring the intricacies of self-discovery, self-creation, and self-preservation in the place where dreams are born to die. With the live-wire energy and crackling force of defiant fists raised in the air, Clover’s music is the rallying cry of a natural born killer. Leading an ace band of rangy, rowdy boys, Clover cuts an electric figure–a next-gen underground hero for the would-be believers.
With Patti Smith and Iggy Pop as her artistic North Stars, 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 former bands and was in search of a new start. In need of self-discovery and an escape from her life in America, she headed to Mexico City to write. A four day trip turned into four months, as Clover decided to stay and record her album. Upon her return to the US she assembled a band and quickly carved out a space for herself in the LA scene. Earning a rep for explosive live shows, Clover spent 2019 hitting the road with Death Valley Girls, Crocodiles, King Dude and SadGirl. After independently releasing her first single last year, Clover’s first offering of 2020 is a new mix of “Channel Zero” by Carlos de la Garza (Cherry Glazerr, Bleached, Paramore, Wolf Alice) ahead of an upcoming EP.
Growing up within the fringe cultures of skating and surfing, Clover has always been attracted to the otherness of west coast counter-culture– the gritty innocence of the saintly barbarians and dissatisfied kids around her. But it was her brother’s copy of photographer Glen E. Friedman’s book ‘Fuck You Heroes,’ where Clover first saw herself, reflected back in the energy and intensity of his punk-rock images. “I didn’t know what any of it meant yet,” she explains. “I was attracted to the rebellion I felt I shared with the subjects of his work. I connected to the bravery.” Within those photos, Clover’s nascent unrest found a cause to cling to. Weekends at the beach turned to weekends going to shows. “I would go home in a cab smiling, covered in sweat, spit, and beer. I found where I belonged.” Determined to enter the fraternity of the artist, she submerged herself in the salvation of rock ‘n’ roll.
Kate is now back with a new video for “Tearjerker” and we get to talk with her more about about! Check below!
-What inspired the song “Tearjerker” / what is it about?
It’s about being close to someone who hurts you. It’s About betrayal and revenge. Love can be both beautiful and destructive.
-How did the video shoot/crew come together?
The DP called Rebecca letting her know he would be in town and that they should make something. Within a week we wrote the treatment and by the following weekend we were out in Joshua tree filming. It came together very quickly!
-Tell me about the concept of the video.
We wanted to make a desert noir style video inspired by Hitchcock and Straight to Hell. Our goal was to challenge typical casting stereotypes and tell a simple revenge story. It was interesting to cast females in predominantly male roles because it ultimately didn’t affect the outcome at all in terms of telling the story. What I learned from that was that If the actor had the essence of the character that was all that mattered and our friends nailed it. The bonus for me was I got to create my dream girl gang in the process. It was so much fun and happened so fast that it almost felt like a dream!
-What was it like filming in the desert?
After being cooped up in Los Angeles all year the desert was a welcome escape. It felt magical.