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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Night: Ty Segall Returns to San Francisco with Fuzz

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:21 PM

click image Ty Segall drums in Fuzz. - DALLIS WILLARD
  • Dallis Willard
  • Ty Segall drums in Fuzz.
May 20, 2015
Great American Music Hall

Better than:
Watching the final episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. Although, let’s not forget during a flurry of televised performances to promote his Twins LP, Ty Segall and his band made an appearance on Letterman in Fall 2012. The YouTube clip shows Segall reminding us all to vote and Paul Shaffer’s face getting melted. 

Guitar chops, drum chops, and most definitely bass chops: The Fuzz has it all. The band has a reputation for knowing how to improvise, jam, and shred through a set list. That's why it sold out the Great American Music Hall Wednesday night on a double bill with only the support of Los Angeles’ Lamps.

Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart, and Chad Ubovich cooked up their familiar power-trio recipe akin to Cream, Blue Cheer, and so many other bass-heavy, rhythmic rock outfits that ruled generations past. But this isn’t a rip-off; it’s the legitimate updated take on an old formula where the band, embodying the spirit of its predecessors, tells its own story through its songs and experiences.

The band relentlessly ripped through a dozen or so songs; some of which we already know from the bands self-titled 2013 release on In The Red Records, but a few new ones, including a conspicuously named number called, “Pipe”, were also played. 

We’ve known a new album has been in the works for a while because social media posts show the band at L.A.’s Sunset Sound (where Led Zeppelin once recorded), but more recent revelations indicate the album is already being mixed.

While some band members laid down roots in the Bay Area and flourished here for a while, the creative Southern California environment is ingrained Fuzz's style. Segall’s Bonzo-style drumming has always been apparent in this group, with meandering, but not obnoxious solos. Only now, time and rhythm seem tighter, as Segall becomes more adept and disciplined while flailing on the proverbial skins.

The crowd, which was surfing through most of the set, got an encore, but like a white-hot flash of energy, the main show was the one who came and conquered. Fuzz is from L.A., but as Segall acknowledged, it’s been awhile since the group played the not-so-distant San Francisco. So, it was a bit like a homecoming.

And as far as Segall is concerned, it still feels like he's ours.

Critics Notebook:

- Some fan insisted on propping a gross-smelling, ratty, blonde wig on Segall’s sparkly blue, tiny Ludwig kit. It even made its way onto Segall's head for a second before he tossed it aside.

- A crowd surfer knocked the earplugs right out of my ears about halfway through Fuzz’s set. I was parked up front for most of the show until I couldn’t take the crush of humanity anymore.

- Lamps’ final song — “Hawaiian Voter” had a fake-out ending and I accidentally clapped before the song resumed. So embarrassing.

- Ty Segall rocked a Mork & Mindy inspired rainbow embellished ‘70s ski jacket.

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