Ty Segall

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Ty Segall
Ty Segall at Bumbershoot Festival 2012.jpg
Background information
Origin San Francisco[1]
Genres Garage rock, psychedelic rock, garage punk, noise rock, lo-fi
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Labels Goner, Wizard Mountain, CastleFace,[2] Chocolate Covered, Goodbye Boozy, Drag City, Burger Records, In The Red

Ty Segall is an American musician and songwriter. He sings, plays drums, and plays guitar. He has released eight solo albums[3] and is a member of the bands Fuzz, The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, The Perverts,[4] and Ty Segall Band.

Recording career[edit]

Segall began his recording career as a part-time musician in various underground bands in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area, before beginning a solo career in 2008. Segall's first solo release was the cassette Horn The Unicorn released on the Wizard Mountain label (later re-released by HBSP-2X on vinyl record). Around the same time Wizard Mountain also released a split cassette featuring Segall and the band Superstitions entitled Halfnonagon.

Segall's debut solo album, titled Ty Segall was released on Castle Face Records in 2008. The album was followed by a string of limited 7" singles and a split LP with the band Black Time. In 2009, Lemons was released by Goner Records to positive reviews.[5] This release was followed by another string of successful and limited 7" singles and the LP Reverse Shark Attack an album with longtime collaborator Mikal Cronin.[6] The studio albums Melted and Goodbye Bread followed in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

2012 saw the release of three full-length albums: Hair, with White Fence, released in April, Slaughterhouse, recorded with his touring band and released June 26,[7] as well as one solo album, Twins, released on October 9.[8][9][10][11] The album spawned two singles: "The Hill" and "Would You Be My Love?" When questioned in regards to his LP, Twins, Segall stated; "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."[12]

In 2013 Segall started a new outfit called Fuzz, releasing three 7" singles. A full-length album, titled Fuzz, was recorded in May and released on October 1, 2013 on the in the Red Records label.[13] That same year, Segall released his solo album, Sleeper, on August 20 (August 19, in the UK) on the Drag City Records label, receiving positive reviews from media outlets such as Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.[14] In November/December 2013, Segall performed at the final "holiday camp" edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England, UK.[15] In 2014, Segall released his new album called Manipulator. It is his first double LP, as well as the first to integrate some psych music.[16]

Musical style and equipment[edit]

Segall's music often combines elements of many different genres, such as garage rock, punk rock, psychedelic rock, noise rock, glam rock, as well as heavy metal and classic rock. Segall has stated in interviews that his favorite band of all time is Hawkwind.[17] A big influence on Ty Segall's early career is glam rock acts such as David Bowie and Marc Bolan as well as heavy rock and punk bands such as Black Sabbath, KISS, The Stooges, and Black Flag (especially in Ty Segall Band).[18] However, over time Segall's output has gotten mellower on albums such as Goodbye Bread and Sleeper, taking cues from the Neil Young, The Byrds, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Beatles (even being compared to John Lennon vocally on some of his albums), and early T. Rex (when they were known as Tyrannosaurus Rex) and Grateful Dead.[19][20][21] A big source of his inspiration also comes from the San Francisco garage and indie rock scenes, from which he has named bands such as Thee Oh Sees (being personal friends with frontman John Dwyer),[22] Sic Alps, and White Fence (both of whom he has collaborated with) as inspirations.

Segall has mainly used Fender Guitars going into Fender Amps. Guitars he has used prominently include a sunburst classic player Fender Jaguar and an original Sonic Blue Fender Mustang that has aged and changed color over time. Early on in his solo career, Segall played a white Fender Stratocaster which was given to him by his grandmother as a present. He has been seen playing through a pair of silverface Twin Reverbs, Quad Reverbs, And Super Six Reverbs. His main and sometimes only pedal is a Death By Audio Fuzz War pedal.[23] Death By Audio actually manufactured a signature reverb pedal inspired by him, the Death by Audio Sunshine Reverberation Pedal, in 2013. Only 100 were manufactured.[24] In 2014, he began playing a sunburst Gibson Les Paul on his tour supporting his new record "Manipulator".


As a solo artist[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album and details Peak positions
Ty Segall
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Burger Records (cassette) / Castle Face (LP)
  • Formats: Cassette/LP
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Goner Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Goner Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
Goodbye Bread
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Drag City
  • Formats: CD/LP
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Drag City
  • Formats: Cassette/CD/LP
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Drag City
  • Formats: Cassette/CD/LP
43 153 151
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Drag City
  • Formats: Cassette/CD/LP
45 60 43 101 48 73

Other albums[edit]

  • Horn the Unicorn (Original Release) – Cassette (2008; Wizard Mountain)
  • Halfnonagon (split with Superstitions) – Cassette (2008; Wizard Mountain)
  • Swag / Sitting in the Back of a Morris Marina Parked at the Pier Eating Sandwiches Whilst The Rain Drums on the Roof (split with Black Time) – LP (2009; Telephone Explosion Records)
  • Horn the Unicorn (Re-release with Addition Tracks) – LP (2009; HBSP-2X)
  • Ty Segall & Lemons – Cassette (2010; Burger Records)
  • $ingles – Cassette (2010; Psychic Snerts)
  • San Francisco Rock Compilation or Food or Weird Beer From Microsoft – Limited Release, only 350 copies made – Cassette/LP (2010; God? Records issued cassette only / 2011; Social Music Records issued LP only)
  • Live in Aisle Five – LP (2011; Southpaw Records)
  • Singles 2007–2010 – Double LP/CD (2011; Goner Records)
  • Slaughterhouse (as Ty Segall Band) – CD/LP (2012; In The Red Records)
  • Gemini (Demo version of Twins) – LP (2013; Drag City; Sea Note)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Skin – 7" (2008; Goodbye Boozy Records)
  • It – 7" (2008; Chocolate Covered Records)
  • Cents – 7" (2009; Goner Records)
  • Universal Momma – 7" (2009; True Panther)
  • My Sunshine – 7" (2009; Trouble in Mind)
  • The Drag / Maria Stacks (split with Thee Oh Sees) – 7" (2009; Castle Face)
  • Caesar – 7" (2010; Goner Records)
  • 4 Way Split (split with CoCoComa, The White Wires, & Charlie and The Moonhearts) – 7" (2010; Trouble in Mind)
  • GonerFest Seven Golden Ticket Record (split with Armitage Shanks, UV Race, & Strapping Field Hands) – 7" (2010; Goner Records)
  • Diamond Way / My Head Explodes (split with JEFF the Brotherhood) – 7" (2010; Infinity Cat Recordings)
  • Bruise Cruise Vol. 1 (split with Thee Oh Sees) – 7" (2010; Bruise Cruise Records)
  • Ty Rex EP – 12" (2011; Goner Records)
  • I Can't feel It – 7" (2011; Drag City)
  • Spiders – 7" (2011; Drag City)
  • Tour Split (split with Feeling of Love) – 7" (2012; Permanent Records)
  • The Hill – 7" (2012; Drag City)
  • Would You Be My Love? – 7" (2013; Drag City)
  • Ty Rex II EP – 7" (2013; Goner Records)
  • Music From a Film 1 (split with Chad & The Meatbodies) – 7" (2013; Famous Class Records)
  • Feel – 7" (2014; Drag City)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Yeti Eight (Contributes Tracks: 2 – Lovely One (Demo)& 16 – I Think I've Had It) – CD (2009; Yeti Publishing LLC)
  • Our Boy Roy (Contributes Track: Pretty Woman) – LP (2010; Telephone Explosion Records)
  • In a Cloud: New Sounds of San Francisco (Contributes Track: Hey Big Mouth) – LP (2010; Secret Seven Records)
  • Stuffs Vol. 1 (Contributes Track: Flys Better) – LP (2010; Compost Modern Art Recordings)
  • Live At The Empty Bottle (Contributes Track: Girlfriend (live)) – LP (2012; Shimby Presents)
  • Live at Death By Audio 2012 (Contributes Track: Imaginary Person (live)) – 7" Flexi Book (2013; Famous Class Records)

Official music videos[edit]

  • Cents (2009)
  • Pretty Baby (You're So Ugly) (2010)
  • Girlfriend (2011)
  • Goodbye Bread (2011)
  • Where Your Head Goes (2011)
  • You Make the Sun Fry (2012)
  • The Hill (2012)
  • Thank God for the Sinners (2013)
  • Fuzz's Fourth Dream (2013)
  • The Man Man (2013)


With Mikal Cronin[edit]

  • Pop Song – 7" (2009; Goodbye Boozy Records)
  • Reverse Shark Attack – Cassette/LP (2009; Burger Records issued cassette only / Kill Shaman Records issued LP only)
  • Group Flex (Contribute Tracks: Fame; Suffragette City) 6 x Flexi Disc/Book (2011; Castle Face)

With White Fence[edit]

As part of other bands[edit]


  • Evil Robots – CD/EP (2005, Modern Sleeze)
  • Epsilons / Hips (split with Hips) – 7" (2006; olFactory Records)
  • Epsilons – CD/LP (2006; Retard Disco issued CD only / Young Cubs issued LP only)
  • Killed 'Em Deader 'N A Six Card Poker Hand – CD/LP (2007; Retard Disco issued CD only / HBSP-2X issued LP only)

Party Fowl[edit]

  • Scum Fuck Revolt: A GG Allin Tribute compilation (Contributes Track: Die When You Die) – CD (2006; Husk Records)
  • Washed Shores compilation (Contributes Track: Portage 53) – Cassette (200?; Seafoam Records)
  • Party Fowl – 7" (2008; Post Present Medium)
  • STD's – 7" (2008; Goodbye Boozy Records)

The Traditional Fools[edit]

  • The Primate Five vs The Traditional Fools (split with The Primate Five) – 7" (2007; Goodbye Boozy Records)
  • The Traditional Fools – 7" (2007; Chocolate Covered Records)
  • The Traditional Fools – LP (2008; Wizard Mountain/Make A Mess Records)

The Perverts[edit]

  • The Perverts – 7" (2009; HBSP-2X)

Sic Alps[edit]

  • "Breadhead" – 7" (2011; Drag City Records)


  • This Time I Got A Reason/Fuzz's Fourth Dream – 7" (2012, Trouble In Mind)
  • Sleigh Ride/You Won't See Me – 7" (2013, In the Red)
  • Live in San Francisco EP – 12" (2013, Castle Face)
  • Fuzz – LP (2013, In the Red)
  • Sunderberry Dream/21st Century Schizoid Man – 7" (2013, In the Red)
  • Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover) – 7" (2014, Famous Class)


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