Ty Segall Band
Slaughterhouse


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Morley USER (12 Reviews)
June 28th, 2012 | 40 replies | 7,634 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A ripping little nod to the past.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

The latest generation of music-makers wears their influences less like badges and more like face tattoos. It used to be that DJ Shadow crushed and recombined the old and unknown, Radiohead looked at rock through the lens of Thom's favorite electronic producer of the week, and Foo Fighters took the simple melodies of grunge and took away the pesky distortion and emoting. Now, The Black Keys are 60s soulsters, Best Coast is 70s surf-rock, M83 is the 80s, Silversun Pickups are 90s college-radio, and Ty Segall- well, Ty Segall Band really, really wants to be Motor City rock.

While it may seem pedantic to encase these folks in imaginary cages of genre, they don't do themselves any favors with their respective product. Take Slaughterhouse as a case study. What with the self-absorbed distortion that both opens and closes the album, the dirt-coated simplistic chord structures, the more-style-than-substance guitar solos, and Segall's reverb-encased wail, it's hard not to hear The Stooges or MC5 playing in the back of your head.

Taken on its merits, Slaughterhouse certainly isn't a bad album. It's balanced well between manic punk sprints and chugging long-form stompers, each track transitioning naturally into the next with sighs of feedback, sprinkling cymbals, and off-the-cuff studio commentary (“*** THIS ***ING SOLO!” takes the cake as the best line from the entire album). The tunes are simplistic but massive, odes to blown-out amps and punk ethos. The guitars are the stars of the sound: squealing, snapping, and tandem solos are the order of the day, helping obscure Segall's shortcomings as a vocalist for rocking songs, and the bass and drums do their job admirably.

It's when the Segall and Co. break free of rock convention and innovate with touches of absolute insanity that the album shines brightest. Their cover of Bo Diddley's “Diddy Wah Diddy”, while no doubt completely blasphemous in every sense of the word, is unadulterated fun, with the slight break in the chorus giving way to a wall of sound, throat-shredding screaming and the best guitar solos on the album. It's a dirty-as-sin take on one of the 1950's dirtiest songs, and Segall and his posse pull it off flawlessly. Then there's the three-song powerhouse of “I Bought My Eyes”, “The Tongue”, and “Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart”. Each of these has a variety of tones, ample doses of melody, and outbursts of vocal improvisation, all tailor-made for blasting out your convertible-top while cruising the streets in the dead of night.

In other places, the album just drags under the weight of its influences. Opener “Death” is plain, simple, and uninspiring, a dud if ever there was one, and the musical spasms of “Muscleman” and “Oh Mary” add little to the album as a whole. Finally, there's the chief offender, closing track “Fuzz War”, a ambling ten-minute fuzzfest that feels unearned at its best, but a sonic smudge at its worst.

Still, the tracks at least have precedent in the influences that birthed them. Slaughterhouse, in all, is a hearkening back to those influences, a ripping little nod to the past. While this may compromise some of the music by making it too much nostalgia and not enough innovation, it also makes for some fun new takes on tunes, too, shaping up garage-rock for a spin in the summer of 2012. Unfortunately, it'll take more than that for the Ty Segall Band to carve its own spot in the world of rock and roll.



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BirthRite
June 28th 2012



1318 Comments


would i dig this?

fuckthatnoise
June 28th 2012



1479 Comments


i fuckin love this

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album fucking rules.

auberginedreams
June 29th 2012



6030 Comments


i listend to a couple songs a few days ago and they were pretty sweet, but i have a feeling that it's gonna become monotonous by the end of the album since there's little more than powerchods going on in most of these songs.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012



7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. Pos'd hard.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2012



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to check this out, the one track I heard was excellent.

Good review.

Geist
June 29th 2012



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Auberginedreams: Yeah, very much a simple powerchord structure all the way through. You HAVE to listen Diddy Wah Diddy, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evrKXJ0H-Ek

Geist
June 29th 2012



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Also, thanks for the feature, mods!

Hep Kat
June 29th 2012



15352 Comments


i don't like ty segall's other stuff would i like this

Digging: Botany Boyz - Forever Botany

Geist
June 29th 2012



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Maybe. It's quite a departure. It's still lo-fi, but much more aggressive.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2012



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't like his previous solo album much (that's all I've heard by him) but this is great so far.

seanstra43
June 29th 2012



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You guys should all listen to Ty Segall's album "Melted". It's fucking awesome! Especially if you're into Ty Segall/Lo-fi

Time
June 29th 2012



81 Comments


gotta check this out, i like segall even though sometimes i'd rather just listen to jay reatard

seanstra43
June 29th 2012



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jay and Ty definitely sound similar and even listened to Jay Reatard before Ty, but I find myself listening to a lot more of Ty Segall nowadays. I think it's because Ty has more of a psychedelic vibe and I like that a lot. They're both totally amazing though. And it's probably cause there's no more new Jay music.. totally sucks that he died. R.I.P. JAY REATARD

jefflebowski
June 29th 2012



8089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good album, definitely a fun listen

awesome review

Digging: Pantha Du Prince - This Bliss

DoubtGin
June 29th 2012



6749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this man's on a roll this year

ZombieDenial
June 30th 2012



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album of the year so far. Hüsker Dü using Beatles harmonies to cover the 13th Floor Elevators. That's the best description.

ZombieDenial
June 30th 2012



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would also argue that Microcastle and White Blood Cells wouldn't be the best recommendations based off this album. You're Living All Over Me is a legit rec, though.

Geist
June 30th 2012



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I was going off that they're all modern spins on older genre tropes. I feel White Blood Cells is definitely legit given its blues connection and similar structure, but yeah, I think I'll remove Microcastle.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2012



7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You know the rec section doesn't exactly have to reflect the style of the album which is reviewed. Just saying.



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