Ty Segall

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Ty Segall
Ty 2016 by Denee Petracek.jpg
Ty Segall in 2016
Background information
Birth name Ty Garrett Segall
Also known as Sloppo
Born (1987-06-08) June 8, 1987 (age 29)
Origin Laguna Beach, California, U.S.[1]
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
  • bass guitar
  • keyboards
  • Goner
  • Wizard Mountain
  • CastleFace[2]
  • Chocolate Covered
  • Goodbye Boozy
  • Drag City
  • Burger
  • In The Red
  • Famous Class
Associated acts
Notable instruments

Ty Garrett Segall[3] (born June 8, 1987) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, during which he has released nine studio albums, alongside various EPs and singles.[4] Segall is also a member of the bands Fuzz, Broken Bat and GØGGS, and is a former member of The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, and The Perverts.[5]

During live performances, Segall is currently backed by The Freedom Band, consisting of regular collaborators, Mikal Cronin (bass), Charles Moothart (drums) and Emmett Kelly (guitar), alongside Ben Boye (piano). His previous backing bands have been the Ty Segall Band, consisting of Cronin (bass), Moothart (guitar) and Emily Rose Epstein (drums), and The Muggers, a high concept band, formed in 2016, and consisting of Cronin (bass, sax), Kelly (guitar), Kyle Thomas (guitar) and Wand's Cory Hanson (keyboards, guitar) and Evan Burrows (drums).

Recording career[edit]

Early career (2008-2011)[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.

After befriending John Dwyer, of Thee Oh Sees and Coachwhips, Dwyer offered to release Segall's debut solo album, Ty Segall (2008), on his label, Castle Face Records. The two became firm friends, with Segall noting: "The music community is amazing here, super-tight, and John Dwyer's like the Mayor of San Francisco. Come down here, you'll see him riding his bike, drinking a beer, and he'll probably take you out to get a taco. He's the nicest guy in the world.".[6] In a recent interview, Larry Hardy, creator of In The Red Recordings, talked about the possibility of a band with Ty Segall and John Dwyer.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] The studio albums Melted and Goodbye Bread followed in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Hair, Slaughterhouse and Twins (2012)[edit]

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,[10] as well as one solo album, Twins, released on October 9.[11][12][13][14] 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."[15]

Fuzz, Sleeper and Manipulator (2013-2015)[edit]

Segall performing with Fuzz in 2015.

In 2013, Segall, bandmate Charles Moothart and Roland Cosio formed a new hard rock outfit called Fuzz, releasing three 7" singles. A full-length album, titled Fuzz, was recorded in May and released on October 1, 2013.[16] In August, Segall released a primarily acoustic solo album, Sleeper, largely influenced by the death of his father and subsequent estrangement from his mother. The album received positive reviews from media outlets such as Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.[17] In November/December 2013, Segall performed at the final "holiday camp" edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England, UK.[18]

In 2014, Segall released Manipulator, his first double LP, as well as the first to integrate some psych music.[19] Segall toured in support of the release, with support from Wand, whom he had signed to his label

In 2015, Segall produced the debut album by Peacers, featuring his former Sic Alps bandmate Mike Donovan.[20] A new EP, Mr. Face, was released on Famous Class, and a second Fuzz album, II, was released in October 2015.

Emotional Mugger, The Muggers, and GØGGS (2016)[edit]

In November 2015, Segall announced a new studio album, Emotional Mugger, by sending a VHS tape to Pitchfork.[21] Subsequently a website was also created www.emotionalmugger.com, that features a short video of Ty Segall explaining the concept of emotional mugging, a video of Segall and his band wearing baby masks playing a live version of a song from the new album, a video introducing The Muggers, and offered a hot line number to call as well. That number being 1-800-281-2968, features a brief message from Ty.[21]

Upon the album's release, Segall formed a backing band, entitled The Muggers, consisting of Mikal Cronin (bass, sax), Kyle Thomas (guitar), Emmett Kelly (guitar), and Wand's Cory Hanson (keyboards, guitar) and Evan Burrows (drums). During live performances, Segall adopted the name of Sloppo while wearing a baby mask.[22] Still in Rock describes this LP as being his first experimental rock album.[23]

Ty Segall and The Freedom Band (2017-present)[edit]

In November 2016, Segall announced the release of his ninth studio album, Ty Segall. The album will be his second self-titled release, following the release of his debut album in 2008.[24] It was preceded by the single "Orange Color Queen" released in November 2016,[25] while the song "Break A Guitar" was released to streaming platforms on January 19, 2017.[26] Following the album's release, Segall began touring with the backing band that recorded the album, now named The Freedom Band.[27]

Musical style and equipment[edit]

Segall's music has been described as garage rock,[28][29] garage rock revival, lo-fi,[30] indie rock and psychedelic rock.[29] Segall has stated in interviews that his favorite band of all time is Hawkwind.[31] 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).[32] However, over time Segall's output has gotten mellower on albums such as Goodbye Bread and Sleeper, taking cues from 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.[33][34][35] 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),[36] 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 silverface Twin Reverbs, Quad Reverbs, Super Reverbs, And Super Six Reverbs. His main and sometimes only pedal is a Death By Audio Fuzz War pedal.[37] 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.[38] In 2014, he began playing a sunburst Gibson Les Paul on his tour supporting his new record "Manipulator". His Main Amplifier is a 70's Fender Quad Reverb, and sometimes uses musicman HD amplifiers. He also uses a Gibson EB 3.

God? Records[edit]

Segall has his own record label imprint on Drag City called GOD? Records. In 2014, Segall signed fellow-garage rock act Wand to the label and subsequently invited them on tour.


Main article: Ty Segall discography
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Further reading[edit]

  • Ziegler, Chris (Dec 2014). "The man who fell to Earth". Mojo. 253 (6): 50–52. 

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