PHOTOGRAPHY Sam Ware
WORDS Julian de la Celle
In wake of his ninth studio album self-titled Ty Segall (tenth if you include the Ty Segall Band's Slaughterhouse), Ty played an hour and a half set at the Hi Hat in Highland Park in celebration of their first year in business. I'd heard of the venue here and there from word of mouth, but no one ever told me just how great the former pool hall turned nightclub was going to be. You feel instant good vibes when you walk in, and high ceilings, pool tables, and bleachers in the back radiate a comfortable feeling.
Around 11 o'clock Ty hit the stage with his new band, consisting of frequent collaborators Charles Moothart (drums), Mikal Cronin (bass) and Emmett Kelly (guitar) with the addition of Ben Boye (keyboards). It was electric, it was fuzzy, but overall it was a new chapter unfolding for Ty, a new layer in his musical genius. These songs were even more convoluted as Ty and Emmett were frequently seen battling it out with guitar solos while smiling and egging each other on. The exciting thing about Ty is that he's always mixing things up, which in turn keeps him excited and pushing to go even further. The new album show us a new side to Ty Segall and we're excited to see what the next chapter reveals.