Ty Segall is back in the Bay Area this week at the Fillmore on Monday and Tuesday (the 18th and 19th of January) with a new project, Ty Segall and the Muggers.
The group recently gave us a sneak peek of their album, Emotional Mugger, this past Wednesday on NPR’s First Listen. Give it a listen here – seems to be a heater as is, in my opinion, pretty much everything else he does.
So, ok – as some of you may have heard, the promotion for the upcoming album and tour was kinda weird… in a cool way. They released this strange video where Ty, clad in his a lab coat, explains to us what “emotional mugging” is, sent out their pre-release album via VHS tape, and have released a bunch of other super weird videos where they’re all wearing baby masks.
They also have a quick teaser announcing the band – and it’s fucking incredible. Basically a supergroup of radness. Kyle Thomas of King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang, and Cory Hanson and Evan Burrows from Wand (who I got a chance to see and review last year. They’re weird and awesome).
And word on the street is that the band has been “defiling” stages, spitting beer everywhere and just all around getting after it. As the San Diego Reader put it,”between Segall drooling on himself and spitting his beer into the audience, the band’s fidgety guitars and sporadic rhythms of demonic crunch made the performance feel like witnessing a cannibalism from which you couldn’t unglue your eyes to.”
If you’re response to this isn’t “oh fuck yes,” you might want to stay at home for this one. But if you’re cool enough to be reading SF Critic, I’m sure I’ll see you there. Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out – and come spit some beer in my face, I can take it.
Find tickets for both shows via the Fillmore website here.
Full review + pictures to come.