No one could have possibly predicted today’s garage rock surplus.
Most have lacked the capacity to see the genre as anything other than a riotous answer to the suburban boredom and teenage delinquency of the sixties, but garage rock has refused to die. Rather it’s become one of the most timeless genres of music in existence.
As the grimier answer to its sixties’ musical cousin, surf rock, the indefinitely-named genre is in a perpetual state of motion, transmitting door-to-door the antidote to teenage despair and suburban boredom forevermore.
While the floodgates were only left ajar from the nineties continuance of the sixties original fuck-it, DIY-genre, hordes of mainstream garage rock groups have since swamped the scene, creating a neo-garage rock surplus. One Prolific group Thee Oh Sees released their album “Help” in 2009, which played a vital role in this reworking of the genre. But Thee Oh Sees have never been strangers to the scene, collaborating with artists from their very beginnings, including the multi-talented, singer-noisemaker Ty Segall.
Segall’s impressively long list of artist collaboration and his subsequent rise to fame in recent years has been of no surprise to his fans.
Following the release of his ninth studio album on January 27th, Segall was on Late Night with Seth Meyers in a get-up complete with a button down cowboy shirt and a cape, (yeah that’s right, a fucking cape), playing “Break A Guitar” off his recently released self-titled album.
Forget whatever they say about heroes not wearing capes, it seems Segall is the hero garage rock needs.
Between a multitude of albums, EPs, and singles averaging that of a record per year, his ability to consistently deliver varied content deviating from the “garage rock norm” is a blessing unto the genre.
After all, this experimentation is what the genre’s based on. But unfortunately, the garage rock resurgence has come at a price.
Listeners can now find themselves practically drowning in tunes with feedback up so high they feel as if their ears may never stop ringing. But the feedback isn’t the real problem, it’s artists’ lack of adherence to the entire premise garage rock was founded on. Which was something along the lines of a DIY-FUCK-IT-DO-WHAT-YOU-WANT premise.
Modern garage rock’s experiencing a musical over saturation. Everything is awesome, but it sounds the same.
Henceforth, Ty Segall is the garage rock superhero the genre needs, here to save us all.
In his very own intersection of psychedelic and fuzz rock, he delivers a diverse sound rich in sentimental, morose lyrics. His tunes vary from shredder get downs to solos on ivory keys seen on the likes of “Caesar” below.
Ty Segall’s wide range of abilities are incomprehensible. The most recent self-titled album ends on a track titled “Take care to brush your hair”, a step down from the heavier vibes seen on the album in a mellow conclusion reminiscent of the nights you and your friends left the rock show and headed home reminiscing of the night you just shared.
Take care of your long hair/ it’s not growing any longer/ I guess it disappeared
Undoubtedly, Segall gives his listeners a sense of creativity the genre will likely never see again.
The most recent album draws to a close looping its listeners back to the first track “Break A Guitar”. It’s hard not to laugh as the voice at the end of the track does…he sure takes the record’s listeners on a trip.
To no surprise, Segall’s already got new tunes on the way. He’s already announced a follow-up to the newest album in a new project titled “Sentimental Goblin”, with cover art below designed by the man of many talents himself.
This teaser track, “Pan”, is a solid look into what’s to come March 17th and beyond…
Don’t stop now Ty Segall, garage rock needs you now more than ever.