Live Concert Photography: Sego with Bethlehem Steel at Baby’s All Right 5/9/19
I’ve written quite a bit about the Los Angeles, CA-based JOVM mainstays Sego over a significant portion of the site’s almost nine-year history — and as you may call, the act which was founded by and initially comprised of Mapleton, UT-born founding duo Spencer Peterson and Thomas Carroll expanded to a quartet with the addition of Alyssa Davey (bass) and Brandon McBride (guitar, keys) last year.
Released last month, the newly-constituted quartet’s sophomore album Sego Sucks derives its name from a hashtag created by a disgruntled concertgoer — and while marking their first album as a quartet, the material was partially inspired by the band’s extensive touring across North America, Europe and the UK, as well as the addition of the band’s newest members. All of these events have led to a much more focused sound and approach — but with a raucous, rowdy, beer soaked spirit that at points sonically recalls Odelay-era Beck and Gang of Four-like post punk.
The JOVM mainstays are currently in the middle of a lengthy North American tour that included a stop at Baby’s All Right with New York-based indie rock act Bethlehem Steel last week. Check out the remaining tour dates and photos from the show below.
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
Currently comprised of Rebecca Ryskalczyk (vocals, guitar), Patrick Ronayne (bassist), Christina Puerto (vocals, guitar) and Jon Gernhart (drums), the Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet Bethlehem Steel officially formed in 2012 — although the band can trace its origins to when its founding members Ryskalczyk, Gernhart and Zephyr Prusinski were part of a close-knit music community while studying at SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Purchase. While each member of the band’s founding trio were in different bands, they all knew each other well, because they spent time in similar circles. Eventually Ryskalczyk and Gernhart became friends and they wound up in Brooklyn, where they continued to work on their musical ambitions: Gernhart ended up working in sound engineering while Ryskalczyk had a stint as a nanny before fully immersing herself in Brooklyn’s DIY scene. The band’s name as the band’s Ryskalczyk has said publicly, is “a goo way to stay connected to the industrial cities they all hail originally,” while paying tribute to her hometown, as a way of not abandoning her past. 2016 saw a handful of lineup changes for the band — Prusinski left the band and was replaced by Ronanye, who like Ryskalczyk worked at now defunct DIY venue Shea Stadium. After the release of their full-length debut, Party Naked, Puerto joined the band — and interestingly, since the release of their debut album, the Brooklyn-based indie rock act has seen a growing profile for crafting fuzzy, grunge-inspired rock.