Los Angeles-based punk rock act Egg Drop Soup — founding members Sam Westervelt (vocals, bass) and Olivia Saperstein (guitar) and their newest member Bailey Chapman (drums) — can trace their origins back to a previous band that its founding members once played in. Interestingly, when Westervelt and Saperstein started the band in 2017, it was centered around its founding duo’s deep and abiding simpatico. “Olivia and I just have this telepathy in our songwriting,” Westervelt says.
Since their formation, the act has worked with Travis Parvur at Golden Beat Recording Studio on material, including their debut EP 2019’s P.M.S. Last year, the band expanded into a trio with the addition of Chapman — and they closed out the year with the Christmastime release of their sophomore EP Eat Snacks and Bleed, which featured the mosh pit friendly ripper “Swamp Ass,” a track that reminded me quite a bit of JOVM mainstays The Coathangers and Amyl and the Sniffers.
Building upon a growing profile, the trio will be releasing a split 7″ with fellow Angelinos Broken Baby that’s slated for an end of June release. The act’s contribution to that split release “Or Durves” continues a run of mosh pit rippers centered around fuzzy power chords, thunderous drumming and Sam Westervelt’s insouciant, zero-fucks given vocal delivery. The song is instantly relatable to anyone who’s worked a corporate job that they found to be soulless drudgery but an ends to a means while they hold on to dreams of being a creative of some sort. In this case, the bad attitude having, indifferent employee narrator of the song gets fired and dedicates their life to their rock ‘n’ roll dreams. Interestingly, the track was recorded with longtime collaborator Travis Pavur at Golden Beat Recording Studio with their original drummer Greg Settino.
Directed by the band’s Sam Westervelt, the recently released video for “Or Durves” is about as DIY as you can get it: Westervelt created the sets and sock puppets that inhabit the video’s soul-crushing corporate world. Most of the items that appear in the video were repurposed from things she kept for years without quite know why she was doing so — like underwire from a bra, that wound up being turned into headphones for one scene “I can’t stress the word ‘challenge’ enough, but it was a good challenge which tested my patience, tenacity and follow-through,” Sam says. “There have been moments when I was like how the fuck am I gonna pull this off but I think it’s really important for artists to stretch ourselves and find the comfort in the uncomfortable.” The end result is a video that’s not only hilarious but captures the modern sense of frustration and hatred for the corporate world.