12 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening onslaught of “Go Home,” it’s easy to understand why Ty Segall’s eponymous debut was released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. Much like Dwyer’s band Thee Oh Sees, Segall has a penchant for playing awesomely dirty and stripped-down garage rock trimmed with distorted pawn-shop guitars plugged into the prerequisite vintage Silvertone tube amp while crooning vocal takes recorded so lo-fi that they’re almost no-fi. Segall’s recordings play with a raw and primitive brilliance that allows him to birth tunes that somehow sound simultaneously timeless and new, much like the late great Jay Reatard. “Pretty Baby (You’re So Ugly)” bursts through the garage door with the kind of hyper-active rock ‘n’ roll temper tantrums associated with early Little Richard performances – Segall’s live one-man-band act has him strumming his guitar with reckless abandon while stomping on a kick drum and tambourine configuration. “Oh Mary” perfectly reflects this bare-bones approach; turn up the volume, close your eyes and you’re practically there in the crowd.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening onslaught of “Go Home,” it’s easy to understand why Ty Segall’s eponymous debut was released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. Much like Dwyer’s band Thee Oh Sees, Segall has a penchant for playing awesomely dirty and stripped-down garage rock trimmed with distorted pawn-shop guitars plugged into the prerequisite vintage Silvertone tube amp while crooning vocal takes recorded so lo-fi that they’re almost no-fi. Segall’s recordings play with a raw and primitive brilliance that allows him to birth tunes that somehow sound simultaneously timeless and new, much like the late great Jay Reatard. “Pretty Baby (You’re So Ugly)” bursts through the garage door with the kind of hyper-active rock ‘n’ roll temper tantrums associated with early Little Richard performances – Segall’s live one-man-band act has him strumming his guitar with reckless abandon while stomping on a kick drum and tambourine configuration. “Oh Mary” perfectly reflects this bare-bones approach; turn up the volume, close your eyes and you’re practically there in the crowd.

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About Ty Segall

Ty Segall first garnered public acclaim as the lead singer of Orange County, California garage rock revivalists the Epsilons. With that band, he practiced a rawer, snottier take on Strokes/Vines/White Stripes-style rock, occasionally delving into more retro territory. When that band splinted, he struck out on his own and started cranking out lo-fi albums, beginning with a self-titled effort on Castle Face in 2008. On his solo album Lemons, however, Segall delivered a much more traditional sound, studiously re-creating '60s guitar tones and drenching his tracks in old-school reverb. The stomping results bore a striking resemblance to early garage masters such as the Sonics and the Standells, as well as proto-punks the Stooges and bedroom folk antecedent Alexander "Skip" Spence. He returned in 2010 with Melted. The year 2011 was busy for him, with two albums -- Live in Aisle Five and Goodbye Bread -- scheduled for release, as well as an EP of T. Rex covers, Ty-Rex. Goodbye Bread marked a turn toward Segall's softer side, evoking a John Lennon-like take on quieter and more introspective singer/songwriter fare. In 2012, Segall collaborated with Strange Boys' offshoot White Fence on Hair. This mini-album married Segall's Beatles-soaked pop hooks and production with White Fence's Syd Barrett-influenced, acid-damaged garage sounds. Two more Segall albums followed that year, including June's Slaughterhouse with the Ty Segall Band on In the Red, and Twins, the completely solo follow-up to Goodbye Bread released on Drag City in October.

Segall's profile grew, and 2013 began with several reissues of previous projects, including a 2009 collaboration with Mikal Cronin entitled Reverse Shark Tank, as well as his earlier garage trio the Traditional Fools' out of print 2008 debut. In 2013, Segall also released the debut album from his side project Fuzz, in which he played drums rather than guitar. Also in 2013, he showed off a new approach, recording a departure from the usual and titling it Sleeper -- all of the songs were acoustic ballads. Not one to rest on his laurels, Segall returned to the studio to record the 17-track follow-up Manipulator in 2014, released by Drag City in August. A live concert by the Ty Segall Band at the San Francisco club the Rickshaw Stop was released in February 2015 as part of the Live in San Francisco album series from Castle Face. Another live recording of Segall and his band, preserving his set at the 2013 Pickathon Festival, was released in May 2015 as a split album with the garage/psych act King Tuff, who were also taped at the same event. The year 2015 also saw the arrival of the second Fuzz album, and an expanded reissue of the Ty-Rex EP.

Segall kept up his usual frantic pace the next year, releasing the Emotional Mugger album in January, then touring behind it extensively. He also formed the band Gøggs, with Fuzz's Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult. They released a self-titled album in July. The next Ty Segall album was a self-titled effort in early 2017 on Drag City, recorded at Steve Albini's studio and featuring a full band that included longtime collaborator Mikal Cronin and the Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly on guitar and vocals. Well received, the album reached number ten on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. ~ Pemberton Roach

  • ORIGIN
    Laguna Beach, CA
  • BORN
    June 8, 1987

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