Unveiling The Egos: The Rock Quartet That’s Turning Heads Live Thoughts+Photos: The Egos at Hotel Cafe 7/28/23
SAN DIEGO, CA-
‘”… Before the indomitable AZRA took to the stage, the audience was treated to a searing opening act that left everyone asking: “Who are these guys?” Enter The Egos, a powerhouse quartet that unleashed a torrent of upbeat rock and roll upon the unsuspecting crowd.
Front and center was Sherif Serag, wielding his guitar with an unmistakable fervor and lending his voice as the band’s driving force. There’s something viscerally nostalgic yet fresh about Sherif’s tenor – a yearning quality that evokes memories of Claudio Sanchez from Coheed & Cambria, but with a twist that’s uniquely his own. It’s that kind of voice that seeps into your bones, demanding your undivided attention.
Guitarist Brent Bauer Butler and bassist Terrence Wilde Mahier wove a tapestry of sound, intertwining riffs and rhythms that showcased their virtuosic command over their instruments. Graylen Eastwood on drums wasn’t just a mere timekeeper but the pulsing heartbeat of the band, driving every track with a ferocious energy that’s all too rare in today’s rock scene.
Together, The Egos formed a tight-knit unit on stage. They played with the synchronicity of bands that have been on the circuit for decades, belying what seemed to be their relative newness to the scene. It’s a testament to their chemistry and commitment that they could deliver such a flawless set.
The only lament? The glaring absence of recorded tracks to dive into post-gig. It’s a tease to witness such raw talent and not be able to wrap yourself in it once the night’s over. Still, that very absence hints at the vast potential lying in wait. If this performance is any indication, when The Egos hit the studio, they’ll be dropping more than just tracks; they’ll be dropping jaws.
P.S.: If they had had merch for sale, I would have bought a t-shirt. Take my money…”