Fuzz, Walter, Oozing Wound | Thalia Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Nov. 20, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
Aside from a live EP earlier this year, Ty Segall hasn’t made a new record in 2015. (Yes, I did a double take after typing that.) He’s been busy behind the console, working on new records by Peacers, La Luz, and King Tuff, but thankfully the prolific rocker hasn’t cooled down too much. He returns to town playing drums in Fuzz, a hard-rock trio he formed a few years ago with high school pals guitarist Charles Moothart and bassist Chad Ubovich (Meatbodies). Their sprawling new second album, Fuzz II (In the Red), couldn’t be more direct in its admiration for vintage Black Sabbath—even though the tempos are usually twice as fast as Sabbath’s inspirational dirges. The vocals of Moothart and Segall fit the molten chord progressions like a glove, sometimes even affecting a shimmering vibrato, as Segall does on “Bringer of Light.” That track veers into a double-time rhythm before falling back into an elegant midtempo swing that elevates it beyond the leaden grooves of hard rock—there are actually a bunch of unexpected but effective tempo shifts throughout the record. Segall’s creative restlessness turns up here and there too, both in deft harmony vocals and irresistible hooks (I got sucked in by “Burning Wreath”), as well as on a protopunk blowout like “Red Flag.”
— Peter Margasak



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