Words By: Laurent Shervington, Interviewee: Jeremy Segal
Segue Safari are a band of four, generating a significant amount of interest from last year’s EP Friends, as well as the excellent single “Colour TV” that garnered radio play from around the state.
We sat down with Jeremy Segal (Guitar/Vocals) to talk about the band’s new EP Salutations, guitar tricks and future directions.
According to Jeremy, going into the recording of Salutations the band felt more confident and savvy with the process and were able to “achieve a sound that they were looking for way easier.” In terms of arrangements, Jeremy sees the EP an overall more collaborative effort, with every band member contributing to the compositions in a meaningful way resulting in their “most arranged work” yet.
The recording process for the EP started about a year ago, with the perfecting of guitar tracks taking the bulk of the time:
“Because I tracked the guitars at home, I felt like there was basically no end point to it [laughs]. We spend almost too long on the guitar mixes making sure [Daniel (guitarist) and my] parts worked with each other.”
Listening to the EP you can definitively see that the band’s labour of love was not done in vain, with incredibly lush guitar tones found throughout. Of course, good guitar tones need to be matched with good guitar work, with Jeremy detailing his inspiration from a Jazz friend of his who taught him various guitars moves, such as enigmatic “Devil’s tritone” which is implemented almost religiously in Segue’s music:
“Whenever I run out of chords I’d go to my [Jazz Friend’s] house and learn some new ones, which helps a whole lot.”
One song that holds the title of “most rock” is the curveball track “The Axe Will Fall Down Faster If You Go Harder,” the third song on Salutations.
While Jeremy claims it’s perhaps the least fitting on the EP (with the other three songs being written very close together), the energy and chaos the track holds mark a perfect marriage between the band’s earlier bedroom stylings and the territory they are currently broaching. Jeremy tells me the track also features a very subtle bit crusher effect over the whole mix, in order to give it a lo-fi feel. The nauseously noisy guitars that come in around the 2:30 min mark hold props to the experimental moments of The Velvet Underground, as well as the band’s penchant for finding influence outside the indie pop genre.
As for the band’s future, Jeremy tells me Segue is currently working on a full album of material, with the sound set to move away from previous lo-fi territory and into a more dreamy, low tempo style – akin to the song “Conversations” on the EP.
Segue Safari are certainly a band to watch for the future, but for now you can catch their EP launch at The Bird tonight, playing alongside Ryan Beno, Lana and Regular Boys.