Friday, July 2, 2010
Garage rock, then is one main element to Segall’s sound. The other is jump blues, early R&B and rockabilly. Here, because of the one-man set-up, the insane energy and the dubious recording technology, the obvious comparison is Bob Log III. Like Log, Segall doesn’t fuss much over tone, emphasizing fury over finesse in his stripped down guitar barrages. And though he’s not singing through a mic in a motorcycle helmet, the vocals have a claustrophobic echo and clatter. With “Pretty Baby (You’re So Ugly),” Segall sounds like he’s being damn-near electrocuted as he yips and hollers, tambourine rattling, guitar burning a detuned hole through the manic beat. It only lasts about a minute, but what a minute it is.
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