After hearing about Egrets on Ergot and then catching them live at The Echo we wanted to get to know the band a little more.
What kinds of things do you like to address in your songs?
D: As the new bassists and nothing more, my first job is to maintain the element that made the first Egrets record so special: namely, driving bass lines. Egrets is a bass-driven band with colorful guitar parts and energetic drums. My current job is to write bass lines that inspire the band to continue in a unique direction, whatever that means.
A: I have written all lyrics to date and wouldn’t say I necessarily enjoy addressing all of the subject matter that ends up in a song. However, here are some examples of the material the words attempt to describe: objective sociopolitical ironies and controversies; effects of sexist subtleties in our contemporary culture; phases of self-loathing or fear of failure; satire of esoteric and subversive social scenes/peers; dada; and certain affairs, events, peoples, ideas, and absurdities as observed through the inward lens of lysergic acid diethylamide.
H: What kind of maddening noise can cut through next…
In a perfect world, the music scene would be what?
D: This question is lame.
A: Perfection follows daily.
H: Supportive and evolving.
What keeps you grounded and/or what keeps you creating?
D: The easy answer is that the drums and bass keep the band grounded. We’re the most rational aspect of the band. The interplay between Heather on guitar and Adam as vocalist lifts everything Matt and I do off the ground.
A: The copacetic bond between these bandmates and the unwavering love from close friends keep me grounded. Inspirational events like Morton Salt, Children’s Religious Revival, and Ding a Ling/Ye Olde Hushe Clube have been reliable aid to keep me creating.
H: Creating keeps me grounded, or remotely sane, should I say. Always seeking inspiration.
M: Finding new bands, new forms of music and art, as well as watching all kinds of bizarre movies and trying to come up with a concise piece of music that takes from all those aspects and spits that all out into something that’s hopefully fun and weird and isn’t just a garbled mess.
How does your band navigate the tricky landscape of gaining a following?
D: The fact that Egrets has a following is a complete enigma to me. Even many of my friends who have spent years drinking the Hateraide find Egrets fascinating. Adam’s hallucinatory antics certainly play a salient role, but I’m convinced that, as a band, we look like petite figurines.
H: Just by playing to whoever is willing to listen.
M: Lure people in with the false hopes of free alcohol and drugs.
What would you like to have a venue do, add, or change?
D: I don’t expect much from venues. The rains in Africa have blessed us with them, even shitty ones.
M: Abolish the idea of pay to play. Have other avenues of entertainment. People tend to just stand out front and smoke. Shows featuring local bands should never be more than 7 bucks. Also, what’s up with the $6 cans of PBR/Tecate? Yeah, change that too.
Can you recall a favorite moment from your set or the evening last Sunday night?
D: I’ll never forget my first show with Egrets when Adam smashed his head in the wall next to me, grimaced, and continued after suffering what looked like a nasty concussion. This last Sunday, I almost stepped on his head: I’m not sure how he ended up on the ground behind me. But my favorite moments are when Heather and I play together in close proximity and we look at each other in awe that we’re actually rocking out in front of a crowd that likes us. Our band is an unlikely amalgamation of easygoing lunatics.
A: Every gig featuring Paul’s live genius effort is especially memorable to me
H: Some of my favorite moments in any set are looking up from my guitar and seeing what state my other bandmates are in. Usually, Adam is in some kind of contorted position. Daniel is doing some kind of shimmy, and Matt is swinging and sweating. Also, being able to play with some of people that we have been listening to for years and are inspired by.
M: Deciding mid-song to do an extended jam version. My pre-set tinkle was also quite satisfying.
What’s next for the Egrets on Ergot? Any other local LA shows coming up?
D: We have other shows coming up in LA. Egrets has many sibling bands from other parents, and we’ve learned to book shows with each other, so we get to play shows with bands that we admire. Since I joined the band in September, we’ve written four or five new songs. I suspect that we’ll have another three or four by the summer, maybe even a new record by then. We may have to break up when we’ve all contracted late-stage ergotism.
A: Our first vinyl EP will be out this summer as a limited 300-pressing series. The music was recorded and engineered by Paul Roessler of LA’s The Screamers, Nervous Gender, 45 Grave, Twisted Roots, The Deadbeats, Nunsexmonkrock-era Nina Hagen, etc. We are playing at an experimental music event called Dung Mummy in Jawbone Canyon, early May. We have a Los Angeles gig at El Cid on June 5th, with Flash Hits; also, we are planning a southwest tour for late summer.
H: We have our vinyl coming out, a music video, producing things with Records Ad Nauseam, and another tour.
M: New records, music videos not featuring us playing in front of our friends at crazy parties, and hopefully convincing people to send us abroad.
Thank you Egrets on Ergot for a good set and the interview. Check out the band on social media to see what they’ve got going on.