Ego Mechanics is an alternative rock duo located in Chicago featuring Seth Arp on guitar and vocals, and Jonathan Ross on drums. The band came together after Seth moved to Chicago about three years ago and made a post on Craigslist looking for somebody to start a band with. Jonathan responded, and the two exchanged emails for a while. Then, Seth went to go meet Jonathan at his house and the two formed a great connection and made an awesome band.
They had thought of about 150 possible names for the band but decided on the name Ego Mechanics. The name comes from a lyric in the song “Potion Approaching” by Arctic Monkeys; a band which has heavily impacted them both. Individually, Seth has a lot of musical influences from The White Stripes and early 2000s indie rock, while Jonathan has influences from 70’s punk and 90’s grunge. The band is rooted mostly in blues-rock but has expanded to include alternative rock and punk rock.
Currently, the band is working on a new EP. This has been in the works since April 2018 and will tentatively be ready by Summer 2019. Seth is excited for the album to come out because the band has grown and expanded their sound since their last EP that was released in 2016. The band’s favorite song to play comes from this album and is called “Rubik’s Cube.” Seth describes it as the most punk rock song they’ve done and has a lot of fun interactions between the two band members. Once the album is released, listeners can expect to be impressed by two people making such a big and impressive sound.
Ego Mechanics plays primarily in smaller, more intimate venues in Chicago. However, they have also played at Summerfest, and even in Orlando, Florida. They are currently working to branch out with hopes to do a small midwestern tour over the summer. But their ultimate goal for the band would be to tour around the country and the world and get to play at events like Lollapalooza or Coachella. Seth says that it’s always awesome when people want to talk to the band after a show, so they definitely have a great connection with their fans and audience.
If you want to interact with the band from home, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or website egomechanicsmusic.com. They’re also on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. With their awesome new album coming out, you don’t want to miss any updates from them!