Ty Segall Band at the Bakery
After my personal hiatus with the Bakery, I returned, only to discover a long line on Thursday night, an assortment of breeds almost as if it were a gathering of different tribes. Ready to witness American sweetheart Ty Segall.
People were being turned away for wearing Birkenstocks…When another girl exclaimed, “OMG, I’m going to die when I see Ty Segall” I had an inkling that this would be an entertaining gig.
Apt and on point support came from local legends HAMJAM and Doctopus. HAMJAM opened and proved my hypothesis that they are on the rise to fame0z~ Doctopus were thrashy as ever, enlightening us in between songs, ‘Yeeeee purrtthhh’ and further that Ty and his band went to lesbian mud wrestling at Connections the night before.
This was a true pitchfork party. An interesting mix of patrons ranging from boho hippie girls to angry, possessive grandmas! People were on red alert, with pushing and shoving before Ty came on stage. Alas, Ty Segall brought his cult live garage-punk/ pysch show on stage. Powering through one of the most impressive back catalogues, Ty worked from the oldest lil nuggets, through to new, more melodic unreleased tracks. Ty and his band fed off the audience’s energy and the crowd did the same. Ty Segall is a total joker, on stage and through his lyrics exemplified in songs such as ‘Tall Man Skinny Lady’ and ‘Thank God for Sinners’. The scale and range in his voice was alone impressive. All of his songs were a lot of fun instrumentally and lyrically.
8 albums and countless collaborations, and stints in San Franciscan heavyweight garage bands (see thee oh sees, sic alps, white fence all within a span of a few years), high energy ensued. Vocals have taken the backseat on some tracks, and were turned up for the occasional few, where gut-churning riffs were overshadowed by some furiously creative lyrics. The common denominator with Ty Segall has always been the fuzzy guitars and energetic delivery; his songwriting has become more decipherable and sophisticated over the years. This is how his energy spreads and disperses in different ways among the different demographics that attend his shows. I’m glad they finally made it out to Australia~ A+