Ty Segall in Sydney – Review and photos

Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14

American musician/songwriter Ty Segall recently performed over two nights at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. Heather Vousden was there to capture the magic. Here are her words and pictures:

The anticipation to experience Ty Segall and his band at Oxford Art Factory for their second show was huge and I knew I was in for a wild and captivating night. Ty is not only prolific for his manic concerts, but also for having eight stellar albums under his belt at the age of just 27.

Melbourne band Dead Farmers were a perfect support, raising the energy with their tight, energetic drumming and guitar rhythms. Ty could be seen humbly watching from side-of-stage at one point and again as he helped his band set-up to play their set.

Dead Farmers at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14

As Ty made his way on to stage with his band to perform, his persona transformed in to performance mode, absorbed by the music, launching in to ‘Finger’. The out of control crowd swaggered tightly from side to side, reaching out and latching on to him as he played.

Not only was the energy in the room raw, loud, boozy and rowdy but it felt to me like I was witnessing the unfolding of a music legend as Ty shredded his guitar with charisma and confidence; firing out each tight, burning electric track one after another.

The band’s love of performing was evident, with a mischievous smile regularly seen on Ty’s face, as well as when he launched in to the crowd with his guitar surfing the many supporting hands as he belted out his magic.

Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14 Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14

‘Feel’, already a big favourite, fuelled the frenzy, and it wasn’t long before the room and stage were drenched from humidity and the charged energy in the room. Water bottles were thrown to the crowd and band to cool everything down but the show hardly slowed a beat.

A highlight came after Ty fired through ‘Melted’ and worked in to the familiar riff from Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’, an unsurprising influence.

As the night progressed, all got more rowdy, as members of the crowd leapt in to the mosh pit from the stage, which had became a slippery mess of water bottles, schooner glasses and sweat.

Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14 Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14

For the encore, Ty returned drenched and exhausted, with his guitar and gear no longer in a workable state to belt out AC/DC’s ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ in to the eager crowd. He powered through it like a true rock legend.

Ty Segall and band unleashed the compelling, heavy electric show sought by many, as well as an intimate and extremely memorable experience. Seriously – what a ride.

Ty Segall at Oxford Art Factory 18.12.14

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Words and pictures by Heather Vousden