Sego, whose band members have roots in Provo, will be returning to Utah with concerts in St. George Oct. 13, followed by Logan Oct. 14 and Provo Oct. 15.
The core of Sego consists of Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll, who made it big in the Provo music scene as the guitarist and drummer of a previous band named Eyes Lips Eyes only to move to Los Angeles and see that project fall apart after getting lost in the Los Angeles music scene.
Sego was born out of the ashes of Eyes Lips Eyes, this time with Petersen as the lead singer. Petersen said in an interview with the Deseret News that it was a different experience for him to be the front man of his band. His initial plan was to write music for others to play. Carroll continued as the drummer with Brandon McBride on the keys and guitar and Alyssa Davey on the bass.
Petersen said the formation of Sego was also unique in that he had put so much heart and soul into Eyes Lips Eyes only to frustratingly see it fall apart while Sego took off almost on its own.
“Sego kind of just happened, and it was weird because for me, I was writing songs just as an outlet,” Petersen said. “I didn’t have to do anything really. It just started going.”
Petersen said his music with Sego is heavily influenced by his studies as a former music major at BYU as well as the modern minimalist movement with composers such as Terry Riley and John Cage. He also loved listening to bands such as The Beatles during high school, he said. Sego bridges punk elements with a fastened rhythm section and dance beats to form its unique sound.
Critics have referred to Sego’s music in a variety of ways, including indie electronic, dance punk, art punk and indie rock. However, Petersen prefers to label Sego's music as slacker rock.
As a former resident of Provo and a former student at BYU, Peterson said he is especially excited to be returning to play in Provo as he has a lot of respect for the Provo music scene that gave him his start, and thus he sees his return to Provo as a homecoming.
“Utah’s remained our home base even though we live in Los Angeles and have for a long time. So coming back to Velour (in Provo) is always kind of this celebration,” Petersen said.
The show in Provo will be played at the Velour, and it will also feature Robert Loud and Conquer Monster. It will be a very electronic-heavy show, according to Petersen. The other two shows on this tour will be at The Jazzy’s in St. George on Thursday and WhySound in Logan on Friday.