Jun 16, 2018

Ty Segall @ Trix, Antwerp

In recent years Ty Segall has become of my favourite artists. The ever prolific Californian guitarist has unleashed a slew of quality music in recent times. His blend of ear for melody and guitar heroics has made him a firm favourite in my heart. I recently decided to attend Primavera Sound in Spain with Ty's spot on the lineup a major factor. So I thought it would be a good idea to find a show elsewhere in Europe that his band was playing. I landed in the ancient city of Antwerp in Belgium and it was a good decision. The city is historic and beautiful and worth the trip and I got to see Ty perform in his own show at a venue named Trix.

It was a big lineup supporting Ty with two stages and seven bands. But it was Ty I came to see and hear and for an hour and a half they just blistered the stage. The Freedom band is his latest band of friends to play with him live. They are tight and expert. His longtime friend Mikal Cronin on bass combines expertly with drummer Charles Moothart to form a formidable rhythm section. Emmitt Kelly is a sublime guitarist and is a great foil to Ty, whilst Ben Boye  provides ample colour on keyboards. The whole night was a bit of a blur and I don't have the full set list. Suffice to say it totally rocked. They opened with the pounding rock anthem 'Wave Goodbye' then ran through a set of Segall classics such as 'Finger' and 'Caesar'. Of course they played a strong selection from this year's wonderful new album in 'Freedom's Goblin'. Tracks such as 'Alta' and 'Fanny Dog' were especially well received. They even encored with a Beatles tune in 'one After 909'. My only complaint about the show was the sound. The guitars were tuned way up virtually stomping all over the vocals. Which was a shame because the energy in the room was off the charts and the sound was the only thing stopping this night becoming one of the greatest music nights of my life.

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