Have you ever felt like a musician had a pulse on the emotions that make your musical tastes tick? With each subsequent release that musician appears able to solidify his spot in your rotation and gradually expand his influence. In order to qualify for this sort of position, the musician is often a habitual releaser. The best-case scenario is that this artist has at least an album and an EP every year for at least three years. The music liberates, resonates, and then before the listener can ask for another they are rewarded with more. Ty Segall releases music at the relentless pace that I wish all of my favorite artists operated under. He is a rich product of Rock and Roll and he lacks an expiration date.
Ty Segall is known, but under valued. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Segall has become known for his emphasis on a distorted guitar sound that bellows out of his amplifier while humming in the lowest fidelity possible. He is best placed as a product of the garage rock revival of the early 2000’s. It would not be uncommon for someone to stumble into a room where a Segall album was being played and mistake one of his solos for that of Jack White. Segall is able to add a layer of psychedelic rock on top of most of his songs to emulate a Small Faces meets White Stripes appeal. A hard working musician that deserves attention for not only his previous work, but also what he has set out to do in 2012.
Ty Segall produces at a faster rate than OctoMom. Since 2008, he has released 8 LPs, 9 45s/EPs, 6 split 45s/EPs, and 4 compilations. This man is truly dedicated to producing new music and keeping his sound fresh. While some might argue that this insane release schedule might water down the music, I would admit that this is how he keeps me interested. Since my introduction to Ty Segall on Melted in 2010, I have been captivated by his approach. He delivers a rugged slew of sounds that are offered to listeners on an annual basis.
Ty Segall partnered with White Fence (Tim Presley) to release Hair in late April of this year. They delivered an eight-track musical brainteaser that relies heavily on the deep guitar melodies that I have grown to love. Tracks like “Scissor People” cut right to the core. The song offers muffled lyrics paired with a screaming guitar melody, fitting comfortably in the Segall catalog. An obscure transition involving fast drums and radical tone changes closes this song with mystery. It might take the new listener a while to sync in, but for long time Segall supporters will feel at home.
Ty Segall is set to bring us his second full length of the year in Slaughterhouse on June 26. This never settle attitude that has lured me into Ty Segall as an artist. Sometimes these musical connections happen naturally. Other times distortion enters, and the rest is impossible for me to avoid. Listen to Ty Segall’s first single “ Wave Goodbye” of his upcoming release and see if it makes sense to you.
Written by Brett McGrath
Formal introduction to Indianapolis: Accomplished. The album release of You, Me, and the Monster by new Roaring Colonel group Hotfox hit on full force last Friday at the Earth House Collective. Technically savvy with yearning hearts, this group plays hard with what appears to be a teenage chip on their shoulders. Whether intentional or not, their most noticeable influence was bred from a 90s grunge appeal. Play soft, play hard, it does not matter as long as they are banging it out. Check out their new song AK-47. Ragin’!
Taped, written and experienced by Brett McGrath
You, Me, and the Monster the debut disc from Indianapolis band Hotfox was released by Roaring Colonel Records on Friday. To celebrate, the band threw a launch party and played a set at Earth House Collective showcasing the new tracks. Muncie acts The Bonesetters and Slothpop rounded out the bill.
One recurring thought kept rattling around my brain while watching Hotfox’s set: Damn, these kids are babies. But their youth worked to their advantage on Friday and may continue to do so into the future. These kids are too young to know any better. Too naïve to realize they should be intimidated or nervous. They owned Earth House on Friday night.
That being said, You, Me, and the Monster proves that Hotfox is as capable of producing a balanced, successful record as they are creating a balanced, successful setlist. “Mountain Tiger”, “Tombstone Teeth” and “The Dollar Theatre” are my takeaway tracks from the album, but the disc is strong start to finish. Do not sell these guys short based on their youth. After all, angry teenagers once served as the foundation for rock n roll as we know it.
During Hotfox’s last song I stepped outside Earth House for a cigarette, waiting near the exit for friends who would soon be joining. Moments later, guitarist Duncan Kissinger burst through the doors, walking at a frenzied pace down New York St. as if he had just conquered the world. I wanted to reach out and say, “Whoa bud, you are going to have a lot more venues to conquer and fans to win over. Remember this feeling and then duplicate it every night you play.”
For more on the band, check out their Facebook page. All videos were obtained via The In-Store. Stay tuned for Brett McGrath’s footage from Hotfox’s rendition of new track “AK-47.” Click here for the official video of “Mountain Tiger.”