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Sego Share “Give Me” Video On Paste

Sego Sucks tackles self-loathing, fake personas, escape, substance abuse, economic anxieties and other various personal hang-ups, and it’s all swathed in tuneful blankets of frisky rock riffs and warm-hearted melodies.”
– Paste

“The track itself is a wheezy power pop track ornamented with a contorting guitar line and a sense of playful dejection.”
– Under The Radar

“Los Angeles-based quartet Sego creates boisterous, hook-driven indie rock reminiscent of Beck or Phoenix in the early 2000s.”
– NPR

riddled with musical quirks and kinks that call to mind Beck’s zanier tendencies. The bass provides a pounding pattern akin to a heart on the verge of bursting, which the song eventually does during its climactic, jarring, but wholly enrapturing chorus…with an anthemic track of this magnitude, festival bookers would be smart to snatch them up for the summer season.” 
– Consequence of Sound

Sego have shared the video for their track “Give Me” on Paste. Prior to this, the band’s single “Neon Me Out” was recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. The track originally premiered on Billboard. In January they announced their new LP Sego Sucks and shared the Matt Odom directed video for their single “Shame” on Consequence of Sound. The band also did an Origins piece for the website, explaining their influences behind the track. CoS also made the album their Album Of The Month. Under The Radar debuted their video for “Heart Attack”. Sego Sucks is out now via Roll Call Records and the band is currently on tour.  They also just announced that they will be playing ACL fest on 10/13.

 

Tour Dates:
5/1: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
5/2: Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
5/3: Atlanta, GA @ 529
5/4: Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
5/6: Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
5/7: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
5/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
5/10: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
5/11: Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
5/12: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
5/13: Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
5/15: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo
5/17: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
5/20: Kansas City, MO @ recordBAR
5/21: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
5/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
5/23: Boise, ID @ The Olympic
5/24: Seattle, WA @ Sunset
5/25: Spokane, WA @ Lucky You Lounge
5/26: Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
5/30: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
7/7: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/19: San Marcos, TX @ Float Fest
8/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series (w. Young The Giant)
8/10: Waynesville, OH @ Bellwether Fest
10/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

 

“U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” Not what one would expect to hear chanted vehemently from the members of an indie rock band in 2019… But Sego seems to get off on doing things one wouldn’t expect from an LA indie band today. Being proficient at their instruments instead of relying on computer tracks to play their new album Sego Sucks live, recording said album in a church in far away Canada in the winter, thus committing to the deliberate notion of an album more than an amalgamation of ‘laptop studio’ singles. And yes, chanting “USA, USA, USA” as the main reprise of a reflective tune about entitlement culture. One must ask why? Why take it there? Or one may not ask and instead bounce and bop their way through each energetic turn, just happy to have their blood pump a little faster than the “everything chill all the time” pace that we’ve all become accustomed to.
And therein lies the trick of Sego. It’s a gosh-damn choose your own adventure story of music for
adrenaline huffers and introspective socio-philosophical types alike. Not that the two are mutually exclusive.

I would say Sego hails from Utah, but when does anyone say that someone ‘hails’ from anywhere other than in gratuitous band bios, ya know? Sego is not only aware that their Utah upbringing is different from most Angeleno transplants, but they exhibit a sense of pride in the perspective it has given them. Perhaps this is why singer Spencer Petersen finds ways to separate himself from the status quo. Likeusing a flip -phone still. And recording interludes with one of the many tape machines he has stock-piled in his studio. Sego Sucks is the cathartic result of a person like Spencer sorting his way through a natural resistance to being smothered by Modernism.

Sonically, the 10-track LP is woven with the changes of becoming a four piece band. Originally Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll, the band added members Alyssa Davey on bass and Brandon McBride on guitars and keys in 2018. The sound became more focused, but the raucous spirit that has kept people sweating since the beginning is just as tangible and, dare I say, primal as ever. The extensive touring they’ve done throughout North America, Europe, and the UK has also shown to be a strong influence. There’s heat, there’s resistance, there’s intelligence. Did Sego fool us and write a modern day punk album that could be played on the radio?

To go to a Sego show is to be standing amongst very different people having very different experiences. To your left is someone intently staring at Spencer digging through his many acid-tongued references trying to decipher his cryptic slant on absolutism. Behind you is a gear-nut scratching their heads trying to understand what far corner of the brain one can write such dissonantly triumphant guitar parts. In front of you is someone falling in love with Tom, Brandon or Alyssa depending on who the light falls upon in any given moment… or perhaps all 4 at the same time, the way it was always intended to happen when a band is really a band. But perhaps most common is the person to your right, who is dripping in sweat, dancing with their eyes closed and losing themselves completely in an anoetic experience particular to when music is being played live. And loud.

While only on their sophomore album, Sego exhibits the kind of maturity in songwriting and pride in a live performance that makes for the band that your cool older brother worships and turns you on to the second your frontal lobe develops enough to spark your curiosity in taste.

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