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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Get High and Climb the Wall with Ty Segall's "Spiders" 7-Inch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Listen to this while high: Ty Segall's "Spiders" 7-inch.

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Behind the buzz: S.F.'s Ty Segall attracts strong interest both on his own and as guitarist and/or drummer in a number of acts, including O.C. punks The Epsilons. His development from lo-fi D.I.Y. to this year's raucously heavy Goodbye Bread is being monitored like a rare and mutant orchid in the indie blogosphere, and the artist let slip his next record would be something even heavier: "I want to do a total glam Stooges-meets-Hawkwind or Sabbath, something like that. I think that would be super fun. I want to throw people off. I want to make a really heavy record: evil, evil space rock. Put a little Satan in space and you got the sound." So it is with great anticipation that I submerge my THC-sharpened ears into the promising muck of the shaggy wunderkind's new "Spiders" 7-inch. Ty Segall plays a free (with RSVP) show tonight at Brick and Mortar.

Today's weed: Presidential, a high-yield indica that will repeal term limits in your brain.




Creepy crawlies: The

title track opens satanically enough, with a parade of lumbering chords and

much lugubrious chanting resolving itself into a long and righteous headbang. Separating this

from standard commercial grade sludge rock or death metal is a distinct want of

posturing and marketplace polish. The smoking hole

it leaves is magically dissipated by the rollicking "Hand Glams." This track scuttles

from cracked synth caperings to guitar freakouts to snarling Pet Sounds with

all the giddy abandon of a shithouse rat. The finale, "Cherry Red," starts out

with desolation noise before jumping into the kind of primitive garage rock that

makes The Sonics sound like Belle and Sebastian. All manner of chum gets

turned up as the riff bounds and splashes and eventually drowns in its own

heroic bile.

Psychotropic verdict:

Awesome. I for one hope Ty dallies awhile in this fragmented Ozzy vein. 

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