The music of slacker-rock duo Sego is an apt reflection of the band’s journey — simple yet complex. Members Spencer Peterson and Thomas Carroll grew up in rural Utah, submerging themselves in the diverse Provo music scene before moving out to Los Angeles. As a result, the shift from small town to big city is weaved into their sound; with an equal balance of classic instrumentation and modern-day dance beats creating a free-spirited style that rebelliously bends genres.
Sego made their debut last year with their EP, Wicket Youth, which was released through French taste-maker label Kitsuné. The album’s melodic melancholy garnered them comparisons to LCD Soundsystem and Death From Above 1979, and received rave reviews from outlets like Noisey and The Wild.
The band’s follow-up effort, Long Long Way From the Fringe, was dropped in September. The seven-track compilation marks Sego’s first release with Dine Alone Records and was recorded largely in the band’s Chinatown warehouse space (their own Warholian factory) that quadruples as recording studio, living quarters, party space, and art studio.
With a more sure-of-themselves sound alongside their stream of conscious lyrical style (often wittily musing on the mundane), Long Long Way From the Fringe is filled with scribbly dance (no synth loops used, just traditional guitar, bass, and percussion) and fuzzy grunge, staying true to the band’s multifaceted arrangements.
In support of their new album, Sego is currently on a North American fall tour with post-rock band El Ten Eleven and will make a stop in Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club on October 7.