Ty Segall Talks 'Bruise Cruise,' 'Goodbye Bread' and Paranoia
Prolific fuzz-rock youngster Ty Segall's new album, 'Goodbye Bread,' drops today on Drag City, and while it retains his '60s garage-punk leanings, he's dared to slow down the tempo and take a stab at writing more defined lyrics. On the phone while driving near L.A. last week, Segall spoke to Spinner to explain some of his "freakout"-inspired new songs, the evils of the Internet and why he'd rather be a guest on a booze cruise than a performer.
'Goodbye Bread' sounds a little more down-tempo than what we're used to from you?
It's definitely more groove-based.
Some reviews have pointed out a Troggs influence to your tunes.
Sure, I love the Troggs. 'Wild Thing' -- that whole record's a classic.
There are a couple of tracks referring to your cranium: 'When My Head Explodes' and 'When Your Head Goes.' What are you getting at?
I've always had problems with my brain, so a lot of the songs are about issues I have with paranoia or freak-outs. 'When My Head Explodes' is about being on stage, having people look at you and expecting you to perform, then literally your head explodes. A lot of the songs are about this thing in your brain that makes you push yourself to do things and try to keep it together, but there's a constant reminder your mind is a fragile thing. You can lose it at anymoment -- that's a reality for me -- which I try to laugh off.
Would you say you over-think things?
For sure. Constantly. Every day.
Does this have anything to do with having gone through college, where you took media studies? Were you're taught to analyze