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Kenneth McMurtrie

Kenneth McMurtrie

Ty Segall, The Boilershop, Newcastle


The first time you see someone perform live in their own right isn't always the best show you'll ever get from them but, in the case of Ty Segall and his Freedom Band bassist Mikal Cronin, those instances for me will be hard to top. Tonight's show is nevertheless one I've greatly anticipated, not least due to the good reports I've had about The Boilershop as a venue. 

Given the time of year and the number of windows the venue sports on its western wall there's little need for electric light in the body of the hall during the opening performance by local band Them Things or that by travelling support Mike Donovan. Thus the atmosphere's much like that at a festival and the goings on on stage provide just a backing track for a lot of people's conversations and drinking, ourselves included. Them Things therefore made little impression on me although the singer's white jacket stood out & Mike Donovan made plenty of noise for a one man outfit but I didn't feel inspired to then check out his work once back home.

Crewing for themselves meant that Ty Segall & the band wasted no time in getting into position and letting loose, with the minimum of chat (no need to appeal to stage divers this time round, although given UK Health & Safety that was probably never likely anyway). Ty turned 31 today so 'Happy Birthday' was duly sung to him a few times by the crowd & that was obviously appreciated.

Mikal Cronin seemed to be suffering from a cold to some degree & Charlie Mootheart (occupying the drum stool) looked like he'd caught too much sun but all five players kept it tight throughout, at one point even managing to inspire a circle pit at the front of the stage. 'Everyone's A Winner' received no special placing in the setlist, being run through round about three songs in or so. Maybe they're getting bored of it already but it still went down well with the crowd, meeting as it does the maxim of making cover versions your own.

Longer, and maybe closer to the band's heart, was their version of The Groundhogs' 'Cherry Red'. This bears no great difference from the original (or the one delivered by The Monkeywrench for that matter) but the younger members of the audience likely haven't seen such a number played authentically live before so there's a benefit in that.

Fault though was impossible to find with the show, despite 'She' not featuring in the set (I'd been looking forward to that riff), and the location proved itself to be as good as had been reported once the sun set. A performance fully up to scratch and, whilst not topping that of two years ago that has to be viewed in the light of an unmatchable experience I reckon so, as he supposedly plans to dial down on touring for a while after the current run of dates, this was an experience to savour as it could be a while before he's back (a tour which would hopefully feature a Scottish date). He's definitely had better t-shirt designs in the past though as the two tonight were weak. Even just the cliche of the album cover would have been better.  

Further images from the show here

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Live Dates:-

14/07 Latitude Festival, Suffolk
22/07 Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
03/08 110 Above Festival, Leicestershire
04/08 LeeFest presents Neverworld, Kent
25/08 Reading Festival
26/08 Leeds Festival
28/10 The Waterfront, Norwich
29/10 The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
30/10 Underground, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
01/11 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
03/11 The Chapel, Leeds
04/11 Polar Bear, Hull
05/11 The Leadmill, Sheffield
07/11 Night People, Manchester
08/11 Sound Basement, Liverpool
09/11 The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
11/11 The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
13/11 Le Pub, Newport
14/11 Louisiana, Bristol
15/11 The Underground, Plymouth
17/11 Heartbreakers, Southampton
18/11 Komedia, Brighton
20/11 The Cellar, Oxford
21/11 The Boileroom. Guildford
22/11 Borderline, London
23/11 BlackmarketVIP, Hastings

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