Ty Segall’s latest, Melted, is available now at Goner Records.
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…the reports are in on Gonerfest 6:
Over at Art for Spastics, DJ Rick gives a play-by-play of the food and music he sampled at Gonerfest 6, including Casablanca, Semmes Fish & Hot Wings, Willie Mae’s, Magnetix, the Mantles, Cococoma and more:
Then Davila 666 sent the fun party vibe into the stratoshere. I mean…WOW! This band immediately stepped into my ultimate pantheon of funnest live bands on the planet today. Six singers singing…Anglos in the crowd trying to sing along, too! Really engaging. Puerto Rican flags waving everywhere. Thee Oh Sees sneak attacked from the floor, and I got assed out for a good place to stand while meeting some new friends in the backyard. They did play much more “to the crowd” than usual with the rip-roarin’ party vibe, but of course, this band is surely in the pantheon of live greatness, and they’re awesome at whatever they do. If you had a good place to stand, I’m sure you were outta your mind with bliss.
Over at the Austin Chronicle, Audra Schroeder notes,
Walking up to the Hi-Tone Friday night, ground zero for Gonerfest 6′s night shows, I heard the first beer bottle of the night break before I even got in the club. I took it as the equivalent of the bell a boxer hears.
Her favorites: the Intelligence, Sonic Chicken 4, and the Box Elders.
One of Hines’ faves was the Compulsive Gamblers:
Each song was built around a tense, compelling riff, reminding us at times of The Cramps, at others of Bob Dylan or Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones. We loved their combination of aggression and poignancy. (Greg Easterly’s fiddle playing contributed to this effect.)
Hines’ recap of the Saturday show at Murphy’s:
Band performances were alternating between an indoor and outdoor stage, in order to prevent time lags between each performance. The first act we saw was the Teenage Whoremoans, from Philadelphia. Their singer announced, “Thank you, Knoxville,” and they launched into a set of fast, sloppy, late-’70s style punk rock. Their songs included “You Give Me Wet Dreams,” an (apparent) theme song, which announced, “We’ve got teenage whoremoans, and we’re gonna moan all night,” and “I Don’t Wanna Go Back to the Swamp.” Their last song concluded with the singer rushing off the stage, slam-dancing into various audience members, running back onto the stage, and falling on top of the drummer, whereupon everyone collapsed in a heap. What a ridiculous way to end a set! We had a great time.
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With parallels to the sound of the circa 1980s NZ indie scene, the concurrent Paisley Revival, and the jangly, garage-meets-country rock style purveyed by the likes of the Reigning Sound, the Mantles showcase a gentler side to the current Bay Area scene, occasionally shifting gears for more propulsive numbers like “What We Do Matters” and “Trouble in the Streets.”
The Mantles — currently on an east coast tour with Ty Segall –have already released a pair of seven-inches on Mt St Mtn and Dulc-I-Tone Records. A full-length is scheduled to drop on the iconic Siltbreeze label before October 1st. Listen to “Don’t Lie” here.
With mind-bending guitar chords, a trashed-out drum kit, and war-whooped vocals as the hallmark of both his live shows and studio sessions, Ty Segall has transformed his one-man band act into a full-on psych trio that shape-shifts between caveman fuzz and ’60s melodies, garnering comparisons to the Troggs and the Black Lips.
Segall might be one of the newest acts on the Goner roster, but he’s done his time in a myriad of Bay Area bands, including the Epsilons, Traditional Fools, Sic Alps and Fresh and Onlys.
Lemons, his latest release, is getting rave reviews across the board. “I don’t know why/I want to die” Segall yelps on the frenetic “Can’t Talk,” before dissolving into a howl worthy of Hasil Adkins; on “Drop Out Boogie” he infuses Captain Beefheart’s circa 1967 tune with a whiplash beat.
Segall’s Gonerfest VI performance, slated for Thursday, Sept. 24th, is sandwiched between a string of tour dates with fellow Bay Area rockers the Mantles (Sept. 13-21) and Japanese import Shonen Knife (Oct. 28-Nov. 3).
Go here to listen to “It #1,” the opening track on Lemons.
Lock Roky Erickson into a basement with Nokie Edwards’ Mosrite for a few days, and you might come up with the sonic combination that drives the reverb-heavy fretwork on Fresh and Onlys‘ self-titled debut full-length, released on Castle Face Records last April. Surprisingly, frontman/Black Fiction alumnus Tim Cohen‘s penchant for the circa 1980s “Star Hits” British Invasion sound (think Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, and the Smiths) fits in just fine.
The band, which is rising out of the same scene that has recently birthed acts such as Ty Segall and Castle Face founder John Dwyer’s band Thee Oh Sees, has roots that date back to 2004, when Cohen and bassist Shayde Sartin (sideman for Papercuts, Kelley Stoltz, the Dutchess and the Duke et al) would wind down from their day jobs at Ameoba Records by drinking six packs and playing records, a tradition that quickly grew into eight-track recording sessions.
Now, they’re everybody’s darlings — with guitarist Wymond Miles (Wymond and the Spirit Children), drummer Kyle Gibson (the Pattern) and back-up vocalists Heidi Alexander and Grace Cooper (both from the Sandwitches) on board, the Fresh and Onlys have backed Detroit cult legend Rodriguez on a west coast tour, opened a series of dates for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, recorded a second album, Grey-Eyed Girls (which is due for release on the Woodsist label mere days before their appearance at Gonerfest VI), finished upcoming singles for HoZac and Captured Tracks,and begun work on their third album, which will be put out on In the Red Records in early 2010.
In a recent interview for Soundbites, Sartin weighs in on the SF scene:
I would like to think we all inspire and influence each other. Mike Donovan of Sic Alps was one of the first people I played our music for. Him and E. Xavier of Teenage Panzerkorps. I feel like it’s unavoidable to not share ideas and methods if you’re in a city like this. The music and art community here is very warm. We have our curmudgeons, but who doesn’t?
As far as what sets us apart, it’s always hard to say but I do believe Tim’s strange approach to singing is one of the more immediate things sonically. To me it’s very open and honest. He’s somewhere between Father Yod, Michael Yonkers and Calvin Johnson! It’s also very contradictory to his personality. But most of all I believe it’s our melodies. We are most concerned with melody. That’s not to say that Ty , Sic Alps or Thee Ohsees don’t have incredibly infectious melodies. I just think ours are their own little species. To me there is such a thing as a Fresh & Onlys song. The same way there is a Ty Segall song or an Ohsees song.
During Gonerfest VI, the Fresh and Onlys play the Hi-Tone Cafe on the night of Thursday, Sept. 24th.
Go here to listen to “Invisible Forces,” the first track from Grey-Eyed Girls. It’s the aural equivalent crisp nighttime air and cardigan sweaters and piles of dead leaves — so perfect for fall!