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Spencer Petersen Explains Why Sego Sucks

“We all live and die by public opinion.”

By Jordan Ottesen

Sego recently released their second LP, Sego Sucks. Created in Provo and currently based in LA, the band’s tongue-in-cheek slacker rock style is on full display with this new record. I spoke with frontman Spencer Petersen about the new music.

How would you describe the music you make?

Selfish and limited. I try to make music that I would want to listen within the confines of my limited skill set.

What’s the inspiration behind the lyrics in the album?  

Grey areas.

What kind of reactions do you anticipate people having as they listen to the album?  

Hmmm. Hopefully they’ll be stoked. Hopefully they hate it.  Hopefully it’s worth a reaction.

Spencer Petersen

What is the songwriting process like for you guys? From where do you draw creative inspiration? 

It changes from song to song quite a bit, but there are some general themes that emerge. Bass was my first instrument, so a lot of songs grow out of that area. It tends to take the driver’s seat with other arrangements supporting the groove. I typically have written a lot of our lyrics while falling asleep on my phone. Mostly garbage, but some good nuggets can be sifted out.

How has this album helped you grow as a band?

The process of putting this album together as well as adding in [new members] Brandon [McBride] and Alyssa [Derv] has injected a bit of a raucous energy into the music. I’ve enjoyed it. Bigger sounds and more complicated arrangements.

If you could go back in time 5 years and give yourself some advice, what would it be? Dear 2014 Spencer

Buy as much Bitcoin as you possibly can. Get off social media.  Everyone is about to hate each other.

What are some of your favorite experiences performing the album live? How about that crazy stage setup for your album release show at Velour?

Not to pander, but some of our best shows have been in Provo.  The Rooftop show was particularly nice due to the size and amount of work that went into making it a special night. I lost my voice for a week after that one. 

This recent album release party at Velour was one for the books. We set up 4 stages around the room which placed the audience in the center. It’s a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure type of situation, but I love how it forces people to abandon preconceived ideals of what a show should be and engages them in a different way….mostly in a mosh.

Sego performing at Provo’s Rooftop Concert Series. Photo by Justin Hackworth.

Where do you anticipate Sego being in the next 5-10 years

There’s what we want and there’s what we get. Right now, I’m staring into the void. Could be great, but in anything entertainment based (much to the to my dad’s chagrin), there are no clear paths or predictable outcomes.  So…hopefully we’re still alive.

You got some interesting celebrities to film videos saying “Sego sucks” for your online advertising (people like Warpaint, Depeche Mode, and even Disney voice actor Gilbert Gottfried). How did you do that? What was it like getting into contact with them?

[Laughs] I’d venture to say Gilbert Gottfried’s NSFW standup comedy career outshines his voiceover work, but prob not to the greater audience. One thing I’ve learned through releasing our Sego Sucks album: People are much more stoked to say “Sego Sucks” than they are to say “Sego Rules!” Human nature, I guess.

Why does Sego suck?

We all live and die by public opinion.

Make sure to like Sego on Facebook and follow them on Instagram (@sego) and on Spotify. You can listen to “Neon Me Out,” the first track from Sego Sucks, below!

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