Seth Pettersen was born and raised in Ventura County California. He started writing songs at the age of 14 and has devoted the better part of his life to his musical craft. As a live performer, Seth has toured North America, Central America and parts of Europe. Seth has shared the stage and the tour bus with the likes of Feist, Kings of Convenience, Violent Femmes, Donavon Frankenreiter, Little Wings, and Frank Black to name a few.
Seth is always changing the format of his live shows, from completely solo (accompanied by loopers and effects) to a full blistering rock set with his backing band known as “the Undertow”. Each show is a unique experience.
As of 2013 Seth is currently recording a new full length record with Joel Jerome (Redd Kross, Dios, Cherry Glazerr). A tentative release date has been set for late spring 2014.
Recommended if you like: Kurt Vile, John Frusciante, Neil Young
Reviews of Seth’s last effort Natural Machine have been favorable:
Whether he’s working the solo angle or fronting the long running Franklin for Short, Seth Pettersen has a knack for making songs that sound quintessentially Californian. On Natural Machine, Pettersen’s tinny tenor plays off an eclectic collection of compositions that range from soft campfire folk (“Golden Cage”) to AM radio retro (“Anywhere with You”) to surf rock psychedelia (“On the Island”). But rather than sound like an exercise in throwback pandering, Natural Machine plays out rather, well, naturally. Opening track “Breaking Points” builds up Pettersen’s thin voice with warm washes of reverb and a steadily driving mix of tambourine and drums. Later, “Get Rad” pulls from the Wavves school of thought with plenty of fuzzy guitars and over-the-top echo effects. By the time album closer “Mountain of Dreams” kicks in, it feels like the tail end of a long coastal drive — windows rolled down and radio cranked to 11, of course.
– The Independent
At first glance, the album’s cover features frontman Seth holding a surfboard backdropped with palm trees, taking us into the mindset of surf and Summer. Then at first listen, we weren’t deceived, receiving that California Summer vibe we expected with a nice mix of psychedelics and classic folk rock. Great album, not just for the beach or Summer, but for anytime.
– The South Rail