on 5 July 2015
One of my favourite finds of the year. Cool, gritty but 'sensitively' produced album. Solid, cohesive 'fuzx' of a sound. The new USA sound if DIY. If you like this, track down the other projects of Ty Segall. You can hear that the band loves what they are doing.
on 2 October 2013
After only minutes away from the public eye, garage whirlwind Ty Segall is back and - guess what - this time he's got a new band. California three-piece Fuzz are schoolyard friends, reprising the forgotten Epsilons line-up of the early 00s. As Fuzz, the main man himself is on drums and vocals, the latter of which he shares with Ty Segall Band guitarist Charlie Moothart - equally of superlative garage-surf outfit The Moonhearts, so too Roland Cosio here picked for bass duty.
And the trio attack the eight, riff-heavy tunes that comprise this self-titled LP (which doesn't include the blistering first single "This Time I Got A Reason") with typically sloppy, sludgy abandon. They've even got producer Chris Woodhouse on board - he who does Thee Oh Sees usually. If you're now thinking "obvious win", you'd be correct though the dark opener does lull you into that clichéd false sense of security as it stares down the crossroads between rhythmic meditation and psyche-noise before then exploding into serrated, drawn-out proto-metal - a pattern that "Loose Sutures" later runs with, getting solo crazy and generally crushing it with fuzz pedal abuse.
You don't, of course, need hours of studio sheen and overdub trickery when you've got a groove nicked straight from Satan, such as that which growls out of "What's In My Head". Cleaning up for a similar sound, "Sleigh Ride" too is great fun, gunning for Sabbath chug by way of power-blues bludgeoning. Arguably, it's far from complex to smash out ramshackle shred and gnarly jam-rock, the sort of thing presumably littered Hendrix's brain, but just as it worked then so too does it work now, despite Segall continuing to make it all look so effortless.
Advised downloads: "Loose Sutres" and "What's In My Head".
on 25 October 2013
I read the review in Uncut and was sufficiently impressed to buy the album without listening to it first. However, the reviews (Uncut and Amazon) seem to be obsessed that its another Ty Segall, whereas I was drawn more to the doom metal angle.
If you love Ty Segall, then no doubt you will absolutely adore the album. If you are looking for the monumental doom metal album, then its good but tails of from about three quarters of the way. I actually would give it 7 out of 10 but definitely more than 3 stars.
Its still a lot better than a lot of the tosh that's been released in the last few months.
on 10 October 2013
O.K. Let's look at the cover - a docile looking demon clutching a crystal ball, all face-melt hyper colours bleeding into the legend 'FUZZ'. In space. We're not talking Coldplay now.
Ty Segall and pals play it hard, fast and low end; the afterglow of late 60's/early 70's hard blues rock. Yes, there are strong whiffs of Sabbath and Blue Cheer, but also the odd hint of Zeppelin and the more psychedelic licks of Hendrix.
As with everything Segall blesses, there is enough magic weaved to stop you from just going back to the source material. A highlight for me - the Nirvana-worship of 'What's In My Head?' descending into cavernous echo then leading straight into the brutal, bludgeoning riffs of 'HazeMaze' - you can almost see the snarl on Ty's face as he sings/sneers with Ozzy-like menace. And who knew Segall was so awesome with a pair of sticks? Is there nothing he sucks at?!
The one improvement I would recommend is a little lightness in the mix to emphasize the heaviosity - their own 'Planet Caravan' if you will. All in all though, this is an excellent selection of 100% committed badass blues rock ramalama - melodic but heavy and never aimlessly meandering like a lot of nostalgic stoner rock. Highly recommended.