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LA-based garage rock heavy­weight Ty Se­gall is a reg­u­lar dude. “I like to surf and jam with peo­ple. Noth­ing se­ri­ous or with any in­tent. I like hang­ing out with friends and fam­ily,” he says.

He’s not be­ing al­to­gether truth­ful, Se­gall has shown his se­ri­ous in­tent with side project Hair and his solo al­bums, hav­ing re­leased seven dystopian LPs in six years.

“You can’t paint a pretty pic­ture nowa­days,” he says. “Peo­ple are very dis­tracted, you have to throw some­thing into the dis­trac­tion, sub­ver­sively or ob­vi­ously.”

Se­gall’s lat­est record is Ma­nip­u­la­tor, a howl­ing poppsych al­bum that fea­tures fuzzy gui­tar riffs and ’60s-in­fused garage rock.

“I’ve been a ma­nip­u­la­tor, I’ve been ma­nip­u­lated,” says the pro­lific Cal­i­for­nian psy­chex­plorer.

“Ac­tors are ma­nip­u­la­tive and peo­ple love them, they’re adored around the whole world. It’s a very in­ter­est­ing idea. It’s good to work with that scene.

“My mum is very ma­nip­u­la­tive. It’s fright­en­ing to know how good a liar you can be­come. Then you get right into the word which is ma­nip­u­lat­ing a string or a synth to bring out peo­ple’s emo­tion,” he muses.

The blond man-child has some pretty hare­brained ideas. Is that funk we hear on Ma­nip­u­la­tor’s stand­out cut Mis­ter Main?

“I don’t know man, it was just a drum­beat I like, I’m a huge Funkadelic fan. I was like ‘Is this weird? What’s go­ing on?’” he asks quizzi­cally/cos­mi­cally.

“It’s to­tally not like any song I’ve ever done ... and that’s pre­cisely why it should be on the record.

“It was only in­tended to ex­ist in the recorded uni­verse ... but we’re gonna play it live. The only dif­fer­ence it’ll be a lit­tle louder and cra­zier.”

Ty Se­gall talks al­bums and ac­tors

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