by Daniel Colussi | 2012 has been a kind year to Ty Segall, or maybe I should say that in 2012 Ty Segall has been kind to us. Let’s see: he toured the hell out of his wonderful, Beatles-with-ADD album Goodbye Bread, and said touring including a couple stops in Vancouver. After one show at the Biltmore, Segall and band decided to play a wild impromptu set at an East Van house, you know, just for the hell of it. Next, he and pal White Fence saw fit to release the warped and wonky mess that is Hair, an all too brief album that cruises by on John Lennon and Syd Barrett psychedelic pop fumes. He also gave us Slaughterhouse, a savage ripper of an album that showcases his backing band’s ritualized slaughter of his trashy pop songs.
There was more globetrotting, and a late night network TV appearance or two. Now for his 2012 victory lap Segall releases his third album of the year, Twins, which sees him playing all the instruments himself. Phew! It’s been a year in which Segall has proved himself more than capable of wringing some life out of the corpse of rock and roll. The albums are tight and his live shows are anything but dull. Anyone who caught his last Vancouver appearance at The Waldorf saw a man and his band at the height of their powers. Remember that Black Sabbath Paranoid cover they played? Segall crowd surfed across the room when he wasn’t totally nailing his Ozzy impression. He was unstoppable.
It’s safe to say that Ty Segall at The Waldorf on December 12th is going to be a party, a final freak out before I crawl into Xmas hibernation. I do hope you’ll join me.
Ty Segall plays the Waldorf Hotel Wednesday December 12th with Night Beats and Johnny De Courcy. Tickets can be had at Zulu, Red Cat, Beatstreet, Highlife and The Waldorf.
Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Zulu Records and tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an infrequent basis (about four times a year) and is a musician around town who plays in several ensembles.