Ex-VoTo was formed in 1982 in Los Angeles by Larry Rainwater, Linda Patti and David Rhine. Disenchanted with the current Punk rock scene of early 80s in Los Angeles, Ex-VoTo set out to forge a sound on the darker and more macabre side of alternative music. Incorporating drum machines and keyboards with heavy guitars and rock dance beats that are now common in music were met with much disdain from the mainstream population at the time. That disdain did not last long as this combination proved too infectious to be denied it’s place in music. Thus came the birth of Deathrock. Over the years the categorizations have changed; Goth, Gothic, Industrial Goth Rock, Bat Cave, and full circle back to Deathrock, as a whole new generation re-discovers a genre that has been overlooked by most.
Ex-VoTo’s line up has changed over the years except for the two core members of Larry and Linda. Larry has always handled the songwriting and Bass duties and in the late 80’s took over the vocal chores as well. Linda has played keyboard since day one and helped out with the backing vocal tracks as well. Guitar players have changed quite a bit over the years with guitar duties on the latest album “ANTIOCH” being handled by Larry. The current line up stands as Larry Rainwater - Bass and Lead Vocals, Linda Patti - Keyboards and Backing Vocals, Spleen - Keyboards, Backing, and Lead Vocals and Patrick Midnite on Guitar and Backing Vocals.
Ex-VoTo’s list of club performances and bands they have shared the stage with read like a who’s who in the underground music scene. Bands like Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Hole, Christian Death, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Screams for Tina, London After Midnight, Kommunity FK, and on and on. The club list is no different - The Whisky a Go Go, The Scream, The Krypt, House of Blues, Howlin Wolf, Happy House, Kontrol Faktory, Bar Sinister, Release the Bats, Tipatina’s, The Angel, New Orleans Music Factory, Helter Skelter, Numbers Etc, etc. Visit the Gallery page to check out some vintage flyers from the shows.