From the blazing opening chord of “Break a Guitar” on Ty Segall’s latest self-titled album, it is obvious that this is not your typical Ty Segall record. Segall took his touring band into the studio with him. As a result, it’s a much richer and slick sound. He is still playing glam-tinged guitar rock, but there is much more variation and subtlety to be found within.
“Break a Guitar” is the guns blazing, overamped, punk-infused garage rock we have come to expect, but instead of Ty alone in the studio, turning all of the amps to eleven, (the track is still brash and loud) it has nuance and depth. The dueling guitars of Ty and Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) really sets the sound apart from previous albums. They sometimes complement each other and other times work in virtuoso Thin Lizzy-like synch. “The Only One” uses this to great effect with a total breakdown two-thirds of the way through, where the song is completely taken over by a killer dueling guitar solos.
The “Freedom” and “Warm Hands (Freedom Returned)” combo forms the beating heart of the album, forming one epic 12-minute anthem. The song goes through several movements including a complete breakdown and Doors-like psych freak out! By the time the melody of “Freedom” returns, the listener has journeyed on a trip through the psychedelia of the 60s, the glam, and bombast of the 70s, punk snarl of the 80s and grunge of the 90s.
Ty let’s his more melodic side come forward with the utterly transcendent “Orange Colored Queen.” With this song, Ty has gone beyond anything found on Ty Rex. He has written a song that has captured the very essence of Marc Bolan’s music, from the trippy surreal lyrics to the very timbre of his voice. This song is the highest form of compliment. Closing your eyes and listening instantly transports you back to the 70s.
With the speed Ty Segall works, it is easy to lump his album releases together. This album stands out from the crowd, showing how deep him musical abilities run, and the addition of his band in the recording process has allowed Segall to demonstrate a more diverse sampling of his talent. I personally would love to see him record more albums this way, because this one is a can’t miss.
To watch Ty break the f**k out of a toilet, click here!
Mon. Feb. 27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Wed. March 1 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Thu. March 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Fri. March 3 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Sat. March 4 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Sun. March 5 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall
Mon. May 8 — Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Wed. May 10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Thu. May 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Irving Theater
Fri. May 13 — Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sun. May 14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Wed. May 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Thu. May 18 — Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Fri. May 19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Sat. May 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Sun. May 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
Mon. May 22 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
Thu. May 25 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Fri. May 26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Sat. May 27 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Sun. May 28 — El Paso, TX @ — DNA
Mon. May 29 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
Watch Ty Segall’s disturbing short movie Emotional Mugger below: