REGULAR TY COMES TO TOWN
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