All photos on this page by John Rash.
How to describe the 3 girl aural and visual tsunami of eX-Girl? Here's how Mike Patton describes them:
"eX-Girl are a beautiful example of information overload. Jagged 3 part vocal harmonies, adventurous arrangements, and songs that hook you like the sucker that you are. Take all of these treats, wrap it in an ultra-bright technicolor live show with surreal homemade costumes, and you've got the sensation of being strapped in on an out-of-control carnival ride that will leave you standing in line waiting for another turn."
When eX-Girl formed in late 1997 none of the band members had any previous musical experience. Despite their inexperience the band began playing out regularly. They soon released their first album, "Heppoco Pou", which was produced by Hoppy Kamiyama (touted as the Japanese Eno) in June 1998 on a Japanese indie label. The album was instantly embraced by San Francisco college radio station KUSF where it went into heavy rotation. Tours across the world and internationally released records ensued, up to and including the incredible "Endangered Species" from 2004 that came out on Alternative Tentacles!
Compelling and captivating, eX-Girl can easily be ranked along side musical innovators such as Diamanda Galas, Zappa, B-52's, Nina Hagen, Devo, Talking Heads and Laurie Anderson. The music as well as the live shows conjure up these comparisons. On stage the band incorporate performance-art aesthetics with wild costumes and intense energy. Donnin enormous rubber wigs, frog-head masks and custom designed flower-power dresses, the band is instantly captivating. Their searing vocal harmonies and quirky choral chants combined with the unusual music they play truly gives the audience the feeling they are observing something quite other worldly. And as far as the band is concerned, they are!