Over a career of dizzyingly intense music, Ty Segall has managed to build up an impressively huge back-catalogue without ever repeating himself. Whether under his own name or with various side projects, he’s taken his shredding-powers in multiple directions. So you can get Ty Segall the intensely magnificent rocker through to Ty Segall the acoustic singer/songwriter. Whatever he’s doing, he’s a one-man dynamo – playing utterly joyful rock’n’roll, without the irony but with all the passion.
He’s released nine or ten studio album in eight years under his own name, a couple with Fuzz, one with Michael Cronin plus well over a dozen cassette only, live or flexi-disc albums, plus heaven knows how many 7”s.
Being prolific doesn’t mean not keeping the quality levels up. His last solo album Emotional Mugger was one of his finest, comprised of truly demented psych-punk. His current album Ty Segall (the second he’s released with that title!) was released at the end of January and may be even better, with punky jazzy glam proto-metal on the A-side and some perfect pop songs on the B-side as counter-point.
That he’s not one for half measures comes through in his live show; an over-the-top howling assault on the senses that is as gloriously bewildering as it is exciting.