Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
Record label: In the Red Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Neo-Psychedelia
Ty Segall's hard rock project FUZZ are back with their first album since 2015. Produced by Steve Albini, III is an anthemic exclamation of self-assuredness. Each song tackles sovereignty from a different angle, amplifying the message with searing guitar solos and Segall's incendiary drumming.
Barring any late-season surprises, 2020 will pass without a new Ty Segall album, something that's only happened in one other year since his 2008 debut. Of course, even an off year for the industrious California rocker still requires periodic updates of his Discogs page: Segall kicked off 2020 by unveiling a new noise project, Wasted Shirt, with Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, and he killed some quarantine time by recording an EP of skewed Harry Nilsson covers. Now, in lieu of a proper Segall record, we have the next best thing: a new album from Fuzz, the psych-metal power trio he formed in 2011 with longtime accomplice Charles Moothart.
If there’s one adjective that could be used to describe Ty Segall it would be “prolific.” Twelve solo albums, countless singles and EPs, and umpteen collaborations, along with playing in any number of bands since the mid-2000s, tells its own story. So it’s probably fair to add another at this point—“consistent”—as both his solo and collaborative works have rarely been anything other than exceptional music. Which brings us onto III, the long awaited third album from FUZZ. Arguably the best known of Segall’s musical outfits and along with White Fence, the band most responsible for delivering his supreme range of talents to a wider audience.