SATE is blues and SATE is rock. SATE is raw power and heart-wrenching soul. SATE has learned at the feet of the masters, and incorporated those lessons into what are, beyond a doubt, some of the most electrifying sounds to come from anywhere this year.

At the forefront of it all is empowerment, personified by the indelible image of a woman on stage, her fist in the air, and an entire audience raising its hands in communal acknowledgment of all that makes us human: anger, joy, vulnerability – the full spectrum of emotions, channeled into a fight for what is right. Victory comes when the music takes over, as bodies and spirits are moved, and souls are satisfied.

Although SATE, as a group, has its feet firmly planted in the 21st century, it also belongs to a larger tradition. The passing of the torch is fully evident on SATE’s primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering female vocals

In one sense, SATE is a product of the live experience, with the group’s sound having taken shape over the course of several years of intense live shows. It was the only way things could have unfolded, without any outside interference. SATE is a project too personal and too pure to be guided by anything other than the music.

That attitude is the spark that ignites SATE’s songwriting and explosive live energy – taking all that life throws at you and turning it into great art. It’s a catharsis, a discovery of one’s true voice after years of searching. Trying to write the perfect blues or soul song is a fool’s game. Artists either have those sounds within them, or they don’t. SATE was nourished on this music as individuals, and together are an unstoppable force, both on stage and in the studio.

SATE is about sweating out your story until an unbreakable connection to the audience is made. In the end, everyone must be sated. SATE is LOVE.

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