"Steve Leaf & the Ex Pats have taken their music to a new level on 'Come Clean.' It's equal parts atmospheric and grounded, beautiful and beastly. Leaf's songwriting is more real and raw than ever, and his fearless vocal performance splits at the seams with emotion. The band's playing here is ferocious yet precise, with percussionist Dan Haefs' air-tight drum patterns building a skeleton for the songs to live and breathe within. Nick Young's groovy basslines are the muscle, excavating solid footing for Leaf's sharp and sleek guitar lines to rip into the foreground as Joe Ridgway's expertly crafted pads and soundscapes paint the sky above with warmth. From lush blankets of sound to sparse, punchy cadency, this is the sound of a band at it's best."
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.