THE SINGER by TY SEGALL
Ty 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. 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. 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, as well as one solo album, Twins, released on October 9. 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.”
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. 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. In November/December 2013, Segall performed at the final “holiday camp” edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Camber Sands, England, UK. 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.
Segall’s music often combines elements of 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. 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). 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. 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), 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. 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. 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.