Hometown: Provo, Utah
Latest Release: “Whatever Forever” single
If You Like: Beck, Future Islands, SWIMM
FYI: The band recently finished up a tour opening for OK GO.
When asked to describe their sound, rising indie rockers Sego say they make the kind of music they’d want to listen to. While it’s a bit of a cliché answer, there’s something about the band’s plaintive guitars and Devil may care vocals that make it ring true. While their sound recalls everything from ‘80s alternative rock to ‘90s grunge, they’re also not afraid to embrace modern production techniques and the artistic freedoms enabled by the laptop recording revolution.
Bandmates Spencer Petersen, guitar and vocals, and Thomas Carroll, drums, first came together as members of Provo, Utah band Eyes Lips Eyes. They toured the country and relocated to Los Angeles. When that band broke up, Petersen and Carroll began anew. As they like to say, “Spence learned to sing….kinda.” While Carroll comes from a long line of drummers, Petersen claims to have studied orchestral bass for 11 years.
The band’s Utah pride extends to their band name, the Sego Lily being the state’s official flower, but they quickly acclimated to their new environment, setting up shop in an old pasta factory downtown. “Initially we couldn’t afford to rent a practice space and couldn’t practice in a house without police intervention,” says Petersen. “Also, we found it very difficult to insert ourselves in the cut-throat L.A. music business, so it was an opportunity to create a space for rehearsal, recordings, and shows where we could create our own scene.”
The band cites a wide array of influences, including ‘80s alternative acts like Violent Femmes and The Jesus and Mary Chain, ‘90s indie rock heroes Modest Mouse and The Breeders, and experimental composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage, who they say is their dream collaborator.
Pending repairs to their tour bus after an “encounter with a deer,” Sego hopes to hit the road soon. The group says they’ve got “an albums worth of material recorded and in the chamber waiting to go.” When asked what message they want fans to take away from their music, they answer, “Be an individual.”
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