Album Review: Ty Segall & Freedom Band – Deforming Lobes

I don’t know all of Ty Segall’s many albums but I have enjoyed a few of them immensely. He was a treasured discovery when I started listening upon the purchase of my first bluetooth headphones – I got well into it. He’s always interesting, always fun and this live album is no exception. It sounds amazing – I approve of the tape it was recorded on and the Albini that mixed it.

It starts off epically with ‘Warm Hands’ and moves into more familiar territory with ‘Squealer’ and ‘Breakfast Eggs’ which sound fresh – the band is excellent (like Band Of Gypsies’ frustrated and naughty children) and heavier tonally and even fiercer than I’m used to with him – ‘Crawler’ sounds like it will break your headphones or your head or at least a tooth might fall out – in a good way. I’m confused though by the audience; the Drag City blurb talks about the relationship between it and the band but sometimes they disappear.

Review by Ben Fox Smith

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