Posted in music on May 18, 2012

by Andrew Frisicano

Ty Segall @ Webster Hall (photo by roedood)
Ty Segall

Of the handful of times I've seen Ty Segall live (admittedly only a fraction of his shows in the city), his set at Webster Hall was without a doubt the best. People often talk about performers feeding off the energy of the room--that interaction was palpable between Ty and crowd Wednesday night.

The band pieced together a front-to-back set of rockers, and the front half of the crowd went nuts: kids dancing, smashing into each other, doing back flips off the stage, passing around flask-sized bottles of Jack, screaming about being on mushrooms (that last one was just one guy, but he was loud). It was nothing you wouldn't see on a Friday night at most sweaty DIY spaces, but still pretty encouraging considering the scene: a large venue that was at or near capacity for a lineup of unpolished rock bands. Assuming no one landed on your head, it was hard not to have fun (Ty at one point politely reminded everyone to be careful and watch out for one another).

And the snotty garage rock tunes fit perfectly with the offstage madness. Ty and band seemed gamely down for the end-of-semester party they'd walked into and ripped through the material, hitting "Girlfriend" and "Finger," two Melted highlights, early with the requisite head-banging, and easing judiciously into new songs before coming back into some extended jams (Slaughterhouse, the first record with the touring band, is due June 26 on In the Red). A crushing version of "Caesar" closed the encore. Barking into his overdriven mic, Ty twice called it the best show ever.

White Fence, who played before, were also in punky, blown-speakers mode, leaving behind the druggy jangle that marks most of their recorded output and honing in on driving rhythms and lots of Tim Presley solos. The joint songs, from the White Fence/Ty Segall split Hair, were great too. The pair--aided by Ty bassist Mikal Cronin and White Fence drummer Nick Murray--sandwiched those tunes between their band's sets and traded off licks and lyrics. Hopefully they'll get together again.

On the undercard, Strange Boys growled through a set of swampy rock tunes. Jonathan Toubin, who has lots gigs scheduled now that he is back, provied the music between sets. The Men started things off, but I missed their set (how was it?).

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Ty Segall and White Fence continue on tour.

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Comments (15)

the men were good, but played only new material. i was hoping to at least hear "turn it around" but no go. the first song had a steel guitar solo which was pretty killer.

however no matter how rawkin they (the men) were, white fence and ty blew everyone away.

the strange boys were such a bore

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 9:52 AM

in the four times ive seen strange boys they've never played even halfway decent. thats a lot of hours on the road to not be good at it

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 9:55 AM

This show killed. Even the parts that weren't so great were SO GREAT!

Serious props to whoever booked this - THAT is how you can get people excited for a Webster Hall show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 10:00 AM

I wish the Men played some older songs but they were great

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 11:05 AM

Loved the new songs by The Men. The've added another member and are now a five piece (3 guitars, often one being slide or pedal steel). Very Crazy Horse meets krautrock.

The Strange Boys were good but slowed the evening down and didn't fit with the rest of the sound. At the very least they should have gone before The Men.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 11:06 AM

I was real nervous about this show, I thought people wouldn't show because of webster and the price-point but damnnn it was a good time. Ty and white fence slayed. The Men were whatever and strange boys sucked but it didn't matter because the vibes were so so good. It was one of the best times I've seen Ty play if not the absolute best. It was my favorite version of the Ty band too, with mikal, charlie and emily. The Hair tracks were awesome and White Fence really went for it. SO GOOD.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 11:08 AM

Such good vibes at this show. Props to Panache Booking for putting together an amazing bill!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 11:44 AM

this was a great time. no joke.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 11:53 AM

what was the first song that ty played for the encore? was it a cover???

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 12:03 PM

@ 12:03 it was a spinal tap cover

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 12:58 PM

The Men fucking slayed. I respect the balls it takes to play all new material in front of such a big room to lots of people that potentially have never heard you before. The safe, easy route to go would be to play the 'hits'. Brooklyn is lucky to have these guys. Going to be interesting watching them continue to evolve.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 3:03 PM

It's not really ballsy at all for the Men to play new songs. First off, they don't have any hits, or even any songs lots of people know. Second, they're playing to a room of people who don't know who they are. If no one's going to know the songs either way, why not play new ones?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 3:31 PM

I actually think quite a few people were there for the men too. They definitely have an overlapping fanbase with ty, and I think a lot of people were expecting Open Your Heart stuff so yeah, I think it was bold of them to only play new tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2012 1:03 AM

The men are rad, haven't heard open your heart yet though, seems to be a departure in ways, but not bad?

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 6:27 PM

ty segall white for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 4:48 PM

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