By Graeme Wiggins
Thursday, October 25, 2018
As a general rule one shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to catch garage rock superstar and heartthrob Ty Segall at a small venue like the Biltmore, even if it’s a solo acoustic set. While I was slightly apprehensive at the possibility that his fiery guitar talent might not translate to the acoustic world, it didn’t take long to put those doubts to rest. He played fairly short set, shortened due to a broken string (which is surprising if only for the fact that one would have to imagine that with the fury with which he strums this must happen fairly frequently) and managed to make even an acoustic set into a high octane, rock and roll party.
Playing a variety of fan favourites including “Fanny Dog,” “Sleeper” and his rollicking rendition of the Hot Chocolate classic “Everyone’s a Winner” which were punctuated by fans screaming “I love you Ty!” and a bra being thrown onstage. He cultivates a very intense fan base. The beatles-esque “Pretty Miss Titty” includes the line “they just masturbate her potato” which is rendered all the more absurd live than on record.
The unplugged aspect allowed him to showcase his voice more than his louder, amped sets with his voice managing to fill the room and pierce the surprisingly loud fan volume. His dexterous vocals were nicely showcased nicely on “The Faker.” While the encore was short and silly, everyone left pretty satisfied and happy to have managed to catch Segall at a venue the size of which he hasn’t played here in some time.