With the so-called “San Francisco new garage” scene (so novel…) getting a fair bit of press lately, it is fair to say that 3 larger-than-life personalities are emerging as the people around which this Northern Californian resurgence of garage, psychedelia and punk is gravitating: John Dwyer of The Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall. We had the pleasure of hosting John, Bridgett, Petey and Mike (AKA The Oh Sees) in June this year, so what better than to have the other aforementioned people over: Ty Segall and his touring band, which includes Mikal Cronin on bass. That simple.
Ty Segall, with all of his 25 years, has managed to release to date something like (depending on what you consider ‘official releases’) 15 records, seriously putting him in competition with his good friend John Dwyer as “the busiest men in music”. In 2012 alone, Ty released Hair (Drag City, as Ty Segall and White Fence), Slaughterhouse (In The Red, as The Ty Segall Band) and is about to release Twins, the follow up to last year’s excellent solo record Goodbye Bread (2011, Drag City).
Originally from Los Angeles, Ty Segall moved to San Francisco at18 in order to study. A fan since high school of bands such as Coachwips, Ty soon became a part of a group of musicians that took advantage of the multitude of cheap rehearsal spaces and small studios available in San Francisco to develop a new signature sound for the city. A sound that appears to have developed from all the previous musical movements that emerged from The City By The Bay: garage rock, 1960’s psychedelia, hazy pop music, the 1980’s SF punk scene, and more.
And in Ty Segall, this resurgence of SF music may have found its most singular representative: the perfect fusion between complete noise, catchy pop hooks, acid-drenched lyrics and -lately- a taste for Sabbath-size riffs. Add to that the fact that Ty Segall’s shows are reputedly complete madness, and you can see why we are excited to have him and his band over on Saturday November 10th for the first time in Athens.
Opening for Ty Segall will be Acid Baby Jesus, mainly because we could not think of a better match (as we said, that simple) after pairing them with The Men earlier this year. Following last year’s Acid Baby Jesus LP (2011, Slovenly Records) and their EU/US tour, the band took part at the Austin Psych Fest 2012. Currently in the process of recording their new album, look forward to their split release with Hellshovel on November 6th. Arguably one of the best Greek bands, their blend of garage rock tinged with 1960s rock melodies and their energetic live shows will prove a perfect foil for Ty Segall’s Band. But let it be known, we’re not cleaning the backstage room again.