Ty Segall brings ‘Goodbye Bread’ to Eagle Rock on Friday
Twenty-three year-old garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall just can’t stop making records. Hot on the heels of “Melted,” last year’s barnstorming psych-rock attack from Goner Records, he’s got a brand-new album from Drag City on record store shelves. His fifth long-player in four years (that’s not counting the live album and numerous singles), “Goodbye Bread” presents a quieter, more reflective and melodic version of the youthful rocker.
The record, Segall said in an interview Wednesday, strives to avoid the rock 'n' roll party vibe of his previous efforts for more somber thematic elements. “It’s about a lot of things,” he said, “but there’s this loose idea of numbness and confusion and a false sense of happiness. I wanted to do something different. In the past I wanted to be loud, really noisy and fun, and I want to do that again, but I wanted to try my hand at something a little mellower and focused on melody and lyrics this time.”
The album’s leisurely recording schedule, which was Segall’s first studio experience without a rigid deadline, enabled him to experiment day to day, taking detours that sometimes hit their mark and sometimes dead-ended. “Most of the time stuff didn’t work, and we had to do something else,” he said. “We recorded 20-something songs for the record and threw away most of them.”
The final 10 cuts on “Goodbye Bread” reflect that easygoing extemporaneousness. The album bobs and weaves with an ambitious assortment of sometimes-gritty, sometimes-melancholy songs that are bound together by a clean, crafted aesthetic. “There’s always been a little bit of cutting corners vibe that we had to do in the past because time was an issue,” Segall said. “This was cool because we didn’t stop until we felt like it was done.”
As for the record’s transition from recorded to live, Segall is confident audiences at this Friday’s show at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts will not be disappointed. “It’s cool because they got a little more aggressive, fast and loud live,” he said. “I actually think some of the songs sound way better live than on the recordings.”
-- Jason Gelt
Ty Segall with Audacity and Tijuana Panthers at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10.
Photo: Ty Segall. Credit: Denee Petracek