Prolific singer/songwriter Ty Segall performs his latest album, Sleeper at Great American Music Hall tonight, Sept. 2 and the scooby snacks keep coming. The former San Franciscan heads down the coast to Monterey, Sept. 4 stopping at Golden State Theatre then bouncing back to Oakland Sept. 5 at The New Parish.
The love is big, beautiful and real for this one so get your tickets while they last.
Segall sat down and spoke with NPR’s All Songs Considered before Sleeper dropped discussing “the loss of his father, his move from San Francisco to L.A. to be closer to his sister, the strained relationship he has with his mother, and a new project recorded under the name Fuzz in which he plays drums.”
Sleeper, the follow up to Twins, was recorded in a San Francisco apartment before Segall made the L.A. move. Ty discusses the creative process for songrwriting revealing his own struggle with self censorship.
“I usually start with the music. You know, I tend to be too direct if I write lyrics first, so I've realize those are the songs I usually throw away first. So the ones I usually end up keeping are the ones I write the music [for] first. I actually tend to just mumble and kind of record a demo of it and then I go back and pick out the kind of words I was mumbling and then it starts the lyrics from there, which is a weird way to do it, but that's how it kind of works out usually.
“I was adopted by my stepdad when I was 18, but he basically raised me from a young age, and he got cancer when I was 9 so it was kind of this very long, long thing that he went through. He passed away in December and yeah, to be honest, there was just a lot of things that happened with my mom and she didn't handle anything the right way and she did some bad stuff. It was a very weird, intense time, you know? It was kind of a purge, to be honest. It's very weird for me, but the song "Crazy" — that take was basically when I wrote that song. It was all kind of in the moment, so it's really weird. It doesn't make any sense to me; I've never really done something like that before. But yeah, so, there wasn't an intention thing — it was a moment-in-time thing when it happened,” Segall continues.
“I think I was censored about that, about her, for my entire life, and it's kind of that thing where a person crosses a line and you just snap, I was extremely bitter, upset and mad. It's one of those things, and to be honest, it's just weird but you just hit a point where you don't care how it affects that person. You just have to say it so that you can move on. And you can make sure that other people can move on that really matter like my sister and other people in my life. And I'm not going to lie that at that point I was very bitter and angry at that person. And I've never really tried to write a song about a specific person before because I know that that's a pretty wild thing to do and it can get yourself in trouble, but at this present junction if she hears it and she wants to change what she's doing with her life then I hope she does, and we can talk about it.”
As the Sleeper tour wraps up Sept. 9 in Reno, Segall then shifts gears and prepares for the debut release of ‘proto-metal project’ Fuzz Oct. 1 on In The Red Records.
“We're super excited,” Segall says. “We're going to do a U.S. tour and a European tour and that's really cool because Charlie [Moothart] writes all the riffs and I sort of help him finish the riffs and then we write lyrics together and I play drums. So it's super fun to be on that side of the writing for me and just to be able to head bang super hard. It's super therapeutic to just bash on some drums, you know?”
Fuzz track list:
1. "Earthen Gates"
2. "Sleigh Ride"
3. "What's In My Head"
5. "Loose Sutures"
Fuzz tour dates:
September 23 - Bordeaux, France @ Le Rocher de Palmer
September 24 - Paris, France @ Point Ephémére
September 25 - Brussels, Belgium @ Les Botaniques
September 26 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
September 27- London, UK @ The Dome
September 28- Liverpool, UK @ Psych Fest (Trouble In Mind Stage)
October 2 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
October 3 - Marfa, TX @ Padre's *
October 4 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 Outside *
October 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
October 6 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone %
October 7 - Nashville, TN @ The End *
October 8 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
October 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
October 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie *
October 12 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
October 14 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
October 15 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Parts and Labour +
October 17 - Detroit, MI @ Lager House *
October 18 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium !
October 19 - Northfield, MN @ The Cave (Carleton College) *
October 20 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
October 21 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
October 22 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *
October 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
October 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
October 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBD
* CCR Headcleaner
+ CCR Headcleaner, Teenanger
! The Men, Purling Hiss, CCR Headcleaner
% CCR Headcleaner, Ex-Cult