TY SEGALL + LARS FINBERG + FLAT WORMS @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos by Stephanie Port Recap by Madison Desler
Anyone who thought Ty Segall was becoming mellower with his latest, self-titled album received the audio equivalent of a punch in the face last night at the first of three consecutive sold out shows at The Teragram Ballroom. Segall and his Freedom Band (frequent collaborators Emmett Kelly (guitar), Mikal Cronin (bass), Charles Moothart (drums), and Ben Boye (piano)) led an electrified crowd through a discography-spanning set, starting with two tracks off the new album – the sludgy, fuzzy “Break A Guitar” and “Freedom,” which they turned into an all-out jam, coming back to the soaring chorus in a way that felt like reaching the peak of a psych-metal mountain.
These mind-liquefying jams permeated the set, turning the first 10 rows of the venue into a raging mosh pit, and showing off the chops of the band. They’re unbelievably tight and locked into Segall, who spent most of the show facing the band in order to lead them through all the time changes and instrumental acrobatics. Moothart, Cronin, and Boye were rock solid, allowing Segall and Kelly to shoot mind-bending solos at each other like chemical weapons.
Segall didn’t say much outside of introducing the band, and responding to a fan calling out for Sloppo—Segall’s baby-masked alter-ego from the Emotional Mugger album—by proclaiming, “Sloppo’s dead!” This left the music, and the looks on all the band members’ faces, to speak for themselves. In between all the gargantuan riffs and head-banging, you could catch a smile underneath Segall’s shaking blonde hair. He was having a good-ass time, which made everyone else have one too.
Tinnitus-inducing renditions of favorites like “Ghost” and “Feels” ensured the crowd was left begging for more. Segall and the boys obliged with the glammy “Candy Sam” during which a crowd surfer in a Sloppo mask got an approving smile from Segall and a trippy, psyched-out version of “Sleeper” that left nothing short of decimation in its wake.