Ty Segall / Brudenell Social Club
Oliver Grabowski gets down and dirty with Ty Segall in Leeds and gives us the full low down on busting speakers and melting faces
Ty Segall... where to begin? Already one of the most prolific songwriters of his time, Ty has managed to produce an album for every year he has been active so far without counting the others he has been involved with. This year alone he has already released two incredible albums and is set to release a third later this year. Being such a busy beast you’d think that he might want to take a break once in a while. Well you would be wrong. Currently on tour as the Ty Segall Band he doesn’t seem to have any plans to stop right now.
So after another dull day in paradise (my office) I cannot tell you how excited I was to go see one of my favourite artists at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds, most certainly the pick me up I wanted.
As soon as the Ty Segall Band came on stage their guitarist blew up his amp... evidently it wanted a night off and decided to fight back. A quick switch-a-roo the band were throwing themselves straight into the 'Slaughterhouse’ album. Boasting infinite power and the phattest tones that could make even an elephant soil itself, they were surely the epitome of what any band should be. Putting absolutely everything they had into their instruments the result was phenomenal. Think Black Sabbath, Motorhead interbred with the Beatles and you are getting somewhere you want to be.
With the crowd truly riding the buzz, there was an air of electricity in the room that produced fist pumping, rapturous applause and a demonic enactment of the mash potato. Constantly moving and constantly pleasured there was definitely something special in the air and the band didn’t need telling twice. Feeding off the frenzy they only pushed harder and harder until the very last note.
Highlights were almost impossible to pick out, although they did play some of the “hits” from his previous albums along with brutal covers of Hawkwind’s ‘Silver Machine’ and the classic Batman theme. The night was positively fuelled with psychedelic garage punk melodies straight from the cremated bones of the sixties and positive proof that Ty Segall is one of the most talented songwriters around. This was so far the gig of the year for me and quite frankly it will be difficult to top (maybe until they come back in November at least).