Release Date: Jul 1, 2016
Record label: In the Red Records
Ty Segall seems to form new bands roughly as often as most folks do their laundry, but the guy is good enough that the results are nearly always rewarding, and that's certainly the case with GØGGS. Teaming up with Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult and Charles Moothart of Fuzz and CFM, Segall has fashioned a 26-minute blast of furious, spazzed-out punk rock for GØGGS' self-titled debut album. Built around hard, buzzy volleys of guitar abuse, relentless pummeling of drums, and feral howling, GØGGS is a master's class in bad karma, with Shaw spitting out his rage about life along the margins in California with impressive ferocity.
As one of the most prolific artists in garage rock, Ty Segall faces a slightly uphill battle where his side bands' staying power is concerned. With eight strong solo albums and 20 collaborations released over the past eight years, the axeman’s discography is a genre stronghold, and a veritable wellspring for guitar nerds. But unless you’re a Segall stan, it can be tough to distinguish the IIs from the Twins, the Sleepers from the Slaughterhouses, the collaborations with White Fence or Mikal Cronin.
It might be easier to count the records Ty Segall hasn’t been on over the past few years than the ones he has. He’s a truly prolific musician, so in love with creating sound, both for himself and in collaboration with his friends. And as exciting as hearing his distinctive caterwauling layered over the buzz of his guitar, some of the most interesting projects he’s taken on are the ones that see him take a back seat to another vocalist, concentrating his energy on shredding his axe or pounding the drums.
GØGGS' eponymous debut release begins with a crunch of feedback and the shouted proclamation of "We are not scared!"GØGGS (which, despite Google Translate thinking it's a Danish word, is actually entirely made up and means nothing at all) is the holy moly trinity of fuzz king Ty Segall, fellow Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart and Ex-Cult vocalist Chris Shaw, a trio that first dabbled with the notion of collaborating back in 2013. Pieced together at Segall's LA home studio, with the (truly) prolific Segall taking on many roles in its production and being the dude behind the drums, GØGGS feels like something that these three have wanted to get out of their system for quite some time. The result is everything one familiar with these three would expect it to be: it hits hard, like a fuzzed out punk punch to the gut.
On its debut album, Los Angeles three-piece sludge rock band GØGGS tears through 10 songs in a little more than 25 minutes, laying waste via lyrics about a Glendale junkyard, the assassination of a doctor, some sort of needle swap and the local proto-punk band Würm. At least according to the titles. Screamer Chris Shaw’s gnarled garble nearly drowns inside the rumble.
Garage rocker Ty Segall can't seem to go a month without releasing something new, and the latest is the debut album from GØGGS, his project with Fuzz collaborator/guitarist extraordinaire Charlie Moothart and Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), who sings. Segall's live band members Cory Hanson (Wand), Mikal Cronin and Denée Petracek (VIAL) also appear on the album. Recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2015, the 10-song release is noisy, messy stuff.