Ty Segall Forms New Band Fuzz, Will Play Noise Pop 2013
S.F. garage-rocker Ty Segall just won't stop. Last year he released three albums -- all of them excellent -- and prepared two reissues of old material that will see release this year. On top of all that, he apparently found time to start a whole new band, this time with old pal and guitarist Charlie Moonheart. Called Fuzz, the group's first single deals in a tuneful assault that more than earns its namesake. A-side "This Time I Got a Reason" is pure animalian sludge, while B-side "Fuzz's Fourth Dream" is a more Sabbathy meander, with a longer, spiraling guitar solo. Both songs are huge and brutal, bearing the ripping, chaotic tones of the Fuzz Face, a classic distortion pedal used by Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, and many others. If you're a fan of Slaughterhouse, the second of the three albums Segall released in 2012 -- and the one we think is the best -- you'll love this.
Christopher Victorio Ty Segall performing at Treasure Island
While you can hear both new Fuzz songs below, the vinyl single on which they'll be released is all sold out for now. Bummer. But that doesn't mean you've missed out on Fuzz: The group will be playing Mission dive the Knockout for this year's Noise Pop Festival on Feb. 28 with OBN III's.
One last note for amusement: Trouble in Mind, the label releasing the first Fuzz single, claims that the identity of the bandmembers is unknown. "We received an unsolicited email submission from these guys & despite our best efforts, cannot discern who is responsible for these jams," the label wrote on its website, noting that the group is from San Francisco. The "secret" was spilled in a SPIN cover feature on Segall months ago, when David Bevan wrote, "Before they leave for tour, Segall and his guitarist Charlie Moonheart have some work to do. The two are finally satisfied with a handful of recordings they've been collaborating on for several months under the sort of name you'd swear was taken decades ago: Fuzz."