Record Review: Ty Segall

Ty Segall
Goodbye Bread
San Francisco, CA

“Meet me in the Soft Fuzz and Psych-Punk Garage”

For Ty Segall’s second full-length album, the Bay Area rocker kept with his twangy assortment of car swerving, slow tempo grittiness. With a one-man band of thumping bass, crushing drums and brash vocals melodies, Goodbye Bread is an album that ranges from calm, soft surf punk to bold rock n’ roll. It shows that you can be heavy without the need to be fast or right in your face.

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“California Commercial” is a track that endures a slap of reverb guitars and drum shuffle rhythms. His vocals push the limits of being too loud, but sit comfortably above the bulk of the song. As you get deeper into the album, you hear more acoustic guitar being used; not in a folky way, but with the beach punk attitude and a sound of ocean salt still stuck on the strings.

“My Head Explodes” has popish guitar riffs with megaphone yips and yells, but when the distortion turns on with soaring guitar leads, it becomes a bombastic, drum-filled anthem. Most of the songs have a straightforward structure, but the style varies as the album continues to relate a ’60s bluesy vibe, reminiscent to The Kinks or other English rock invaders.

Goodbye Bread proves Ty Segall has positioned himself well, with a fuzzed out, demo-style garage rock sound that’s not just a mediocre attempt at making music, but a style in itself. You can tell that Segall’s best stuff isn’t being wasted in his albums and that there is much more to come from this artist. (Drag City)

Recorded by Eric Bauer at Bauer Mansion // Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

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