Article By: Ryan Bigham
The other day, a man wearing blue overalls came up to the stage of the Fox Theatre, and rocked out with his band. That man was Ty Segall, and his Freedom Band.
Ty Segall, who my computer so rudely wants to correct to “Ty Seagull,” is a man of many musical talents, having released a total of nine albums recorded in studio, all of which have a supremely distinct sound. Certain albums are slower and sadder, while others bring a more energetic take on garage and psychedelic rock. One thing remains true across his entire discography, the absolute incredible musical skill displayed by Ty and his backing bands.
At the beginning of 2017, he released his most recent album, coincidentally the second self-titled album he has released. The first of the two was Mr. Segall’s debut effort. He and his compatriots have been on tour for the majority of 2017, taking to the roads of America to preach their message of rock and roll. But, I think I’ve talked enough about them. The real question is, how did their concert stack up?
The answer is very simple. It was incredible. Often times in rock, artists tend to forget the importance of dynamics in their concerts, opting for a brutal and loud frontal assault. The genius of Ty Segall and The Freedom Band, comes in their ability to play songs from all of his previous efforts, and in their understanding of the flow necessary in a great setlist. The energy that setlist brought was phenomenal, and there was equal joy in watching both the band, and the crowd. As the band members smiled and laughed along with each other, the crowd felt the joyous energy in the music, and danced along.
I use dance loosely. To be fair, it was more like moshing, but does it really matter how the crowd moves? To me, it only matters that you are able to reach a crowd through the sound waves produced from your instruments. Therein is the true heart of music, whether it be gangster rap, classical compositions, or, in this case, psychedelic rock. This heart beats strongly in Ty Segall, and the sound of that heartbeat can be felt in every guitar riff, every drum line, every bass note, and in every touch of the piano keys. It could be felt in me, dear reader, as I danced along as well.
So yeah, Ty Segall was incredible. If you ever get a chance to see him live, take that chance. He has something for everyone, and I’m sure he has something for you. Keep that heart of music beating out there, and good night. Or good morning. Time zones are weird.