Los Angeles duo Sego—comprised of members Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll—live in somewhat of an artist collective, dubbed The Cube. Shared with fellow L.A. duo SWIMM, The Cube seems like the ideal place to reside for like-minded artists who cherish the opportunity to rehearse, record, and play shows without having to so much as leave their living room.
For the third part of an ongoing series of live performances from The Cube, Sego has teamed with Substream to share a video of the band playing “The Fringe,” a groove-laden, dance-worthy, Beck-like rock jam, taken from their most recent studio album, Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around. You can check it out below.
For a little background on the space where the video was filmed, Petersen explains:
“When we moved into the Cube, our street was desolate. The industrial sections of town were vacant and a sketchy warehouse couched between a cement factory and a UPS parking lot seemed, at the time, like a perfect fit for us. We were very poor and in need of both a domicile in Los Angeles as well as a place to write, rehearse, and record. What we lost in personal privacy was easily made up for in overall space, affordability, and sonic luxuries and liberties. As we tried to crack the L.A. code, we found it much easier and more interesting to throw shows and events at our place. A scene started naturally forming. I’d love to take credit, but I feel like certain spaces just naturally serve a need.
Many who come visit assume that they’re lost or in danger. Neither are true (mostly). While the trucks can be jarring and the iron fence isn’t exactly friendly, once inside it’s an entirely different situation. If you make it past the gate, it’s a pretty open-door policy type of community. We’ve tried to bring in like-minded friends to fill the space. We share our unit with our friends, Chris and Adam, from the radical band, SWIMM. The back section is occupied by visual artist, Brandon Lomax. Inevitably, everyone’s fingerprints are all over each others’ projects, though it’s not exactly a hippy-free-love art community. I think there is an interesting friendly competition that keeps everyone motivated. It’s hard to remain idle when you hear a cool song being written through the wall. Then if you’re lucky, you’ll witness a game or two of the whitest boy driveway basketball.Breathing in cement dust and seven-foot dunks.”
This Saturday, July 16, you can see Sego headlining a show at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets and details can be found here.
July 18: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
July 19: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress*
July 20: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
July 23: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s (Capitol Hill Block Party)
July 24: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
* with ON AN ON