Going Abstract with Ty Segall: SoCal Rocker Rips Three Sold-Out Nights at Teragram

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Night Three of Ty Segall at The Teragram Ballroom was packed and the rocker played a full set list.

Promoting his new album, Drag City, Ty brought on some new tunes as well as some old favorites — he’s the only musician we can think of who puts his set list on tissue paper.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo of Ty Segall © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty has gotten better with age and borrowing his work from all the greats — is there any genre of music this guy can’t imitate?  If Paul McCartney, Neil Young and The Stooges had a devoted fan, it’s obviously Segall, who gets all his music from those who came before him.

Ty’s new album Drag City is one for the collection. Check out the single”Break a Guitar.”

Ty Segall and the Signature Blend

His blend of avant garde that mixes with punk, garage and the blues — there are even times when Stevie Ray Vaughn comes to mind — blows the crowd away, and why not, his material comes from all the greats.

Crowd surfing and moshing go hand in hand with Ty’s shows.  People even feel comfortable enough to jump on stage with him and announce their birthdays, as is what happened last night.

But there was no time for chit chatting and socializing, except maybe backstage where Josh Homme and his wife, Brodie, were among the music pals who made a visit to their longtime friend.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ty Segall: ‘One of the Best’

“I’ve seen Ty a bunch of times and every time he’s great, his songs sound like all the greats,” said a fan who drove up from whence Ty hails — the county of Orange. 

The fans don’t over-exaggerate.  It’s Ty’s sixth session at Teragram Ballroom since it opened, employees estimate, and he’s probably the closest thing to a house band the DTLA music staple has.

The toilet paper set list was punctuated with some standards as well as new tunes, all of which left the crowd of all ages stunned and stammering.

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

We particularly liked his style of dress — sort of a dark Mariachi style resplendent with red flowers adorning the arms, his flying blonde hair and moves like Elvis a stark contrast.   But isn’t the contrast that what it’s all about with Ty?

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Ty Segall at Teragram Ballroom - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Ty Segall at Teragram Ballroom – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Ty Segall tuning - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Ty Segall tuning – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia