posted November 27th, 2017

Bang, bang, blammo! Ty Segall can't stop pumping out the songs - and if your problem is that he's got too many songs for you to hear, lucky you with your cute little problem! As Ty switches gears from rock to punk to pop music and then elsewhere, a wealth of great songs and singing and music is coming down fast; later we'll have time to think about it. For now, ponder this new one: "The Main Pretender" aims to cull the herd by focusing its sights on a greatest common multiple of our society - people who just can't see the forest for the head up their ass! Driven by an acidulous alto sax lick and a roiling bass line, "The Main Pretender" bounces like rubber and sticks like glue, exploding into a middle-eight-chorus progression that there's no coming back from - and so there's no need to even try. Mikal Cronin's saxophone, so urbane and sophisticated on the previous "My Lady's On Fire," here reaches for notes that were never wrote (perhaps a suggestion to pretenders everywhere to get free and reach for something outside of themselves instead!), setting the stage for a burning guitars-and-saxes-and-vocs climax. The production, with rough edges not only intact but deployed for maximum positive impact, is a marvel, forcing "The Main Pretender" into our frontal lobes, where it just won't quit. They never do! LISTEN TO "THE MAIN PRETENDER" -

Ty Segall Tour Dates:

Sat. Dec. 9 – Mexico City, MX @ Hipnosis Festival

Fri. Dec. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom [solo acoustic set] *

Sat. Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom [solo acoustic set]  *

Sun. Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel [solo acoustic set] #

Mon. Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel [solo acoustic set] #

Fri. Jan. 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Thu. Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^

Thu. April 26 – Austin, TX @ Levitation 2018


* = with OCS, Shannon Lay, all proceeds go to LA Kitchen

# = with OCS, Shannon Lay

^ = with Queens Of The Stone Age

Artists in this story: Ty Segall