Egg Drop Soup — founding members Sam Westervelt (vocals, bass) and Olivia Saperstein (guitar) and their newest member Bailey Chapman (drums) — is a Los Angeles-based punk rock act that can trace its origins back to when its founding members played in a previous band. Westervelt and Saperstein started Egg Drop Soup back in 2017 with the band being centered around their 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. Continuing upon that momentum, last year saw the band expand 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.
Eat Snacks and Bleed‘s first single “Swamp Ass” finds the Southern Californian trio firmly establishing their sound: crunchy, grunge rock-era, power chord riffs, thunderous drumming and snarled vocals centered around a “don’t-give a fuck” delivery. And although with this EP, the trio add their name to a lengthy list of incredibly talented and critically applauded all-womxn acts including LA Witch, The Paranoyds, and Surfbort — but while having a sound that may remind some folks of The Coathangers and Aussie sibling act Stonefield.
Directed by Angie Duke, the recently released video for “Swamp Ass” was shot at a palatial and gorgeous house in the California farm country — and is the first video featuring the band as a trio. Featuring the members of the band in poofy ’80s prom dresses alternating between head banging and partying and commiserating over tarot readings and tea, before deciding to dose themselves with a drug of some sort. And in this hellish world, that nods at The Virgin Suicides and Sharp Objects, the trio repeat the same routine endlessly — perhaps until their deaths.
“We’re stuck in this time warp, dealing with issues of self worth and peer pressure,” Westervelt says about the video. “The repetitive nature of existence is all we feel, sometimes. We’re isolated from the outside world now in a lot of ways.”