Band founder Dave Whitton who grew up in Reno, formed the band with guitarist Dave Walker more than seven years ago. Knowing that in order to grow the band would have to move to a bigger fish bowl, Whitton headed for Los Angeles.
“Developmentally, you have to find the spot where the best of the best are,” Whitton said
Since moving nearly 10 years ago, the band has fallen into place with the additions of bassist Dale Vix, guitarist Rodney Amevia and drummer Jay Setar.
Since putting the right players in the right spots the band has started recording their second album, which Whitton hopes will be released sometime this fall.
Eggshell Egoz has a sound that is hard to place but sounds familiar at first. Whitton explained that while the band has more than 50 original songs and isn’t prone to pulling covers out of its musical bag of tricks, he knows exactly how to describe Eggshell Egos.
“We’re a mix of Jack Johnson and Sublime sprinkled with some Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Whitton explained. “We’re a top-down joyride that takes the stress of the day away.”
While Jack Johnson might be easy listening, there is a hint of Primus in the Eggshell songs “Environmentalist” and “Daily Mirage.” The bass lines are funky and mesh into Whitton’s deep vocals that elegantly sing witty, sarcastic lyrics.
The band’s lyrics range from smooth and carefree in “Takin’ My Time” (“Does it really matter/do I really care/my mind is drifting away/daily mirage in settled air”) to taking on depression and loneliness in the “Manic Peaches” (“I love you more than a thousand peaches/I love you more than a billion songs/depression fades back and manic reaches and life don't seem so wrong”).
Regardless of subject matter, Whitton’s voice is smoothing and believable. Whitton said that the music is meant to get the crowd in a good mood, which he hopes will happen Saturday night.
Eggshell Egos plays at 10 p.m. at the Cantina, located at 926 Victorian Ave.
“Come out and have a good time,” Whitton said. “I hope it brightens your day and it makes you smile.”