Fun Fun Fun Fest: Fuzz
Ty Segall’s Sabbath-loving jokesters
By Neph Basedow,
10:45AM, Sun. Nov. 8, 2015
No Ozzy Osbourne sightings were reported Saturday despite the Black Sabbath frontman’s current Texas whereabouts, but the Prince of Darkness’ spirit reigned supreme during Fuzz’s late-afternoon Fun Fun Fun slot.
Here, bandleader Ty Segall, who clocks countless musical side projects including collaborations with fellow FFF performer Mikal Cronin, trades his guitar for the drum kit. A known jokester, hijinks commenced even before the music when Segall sustained the Halloween spirit by wearing a creepy baby mask.
“Hi, mommy! Hi, daddy – hee hee,” he hissed from behind the eerie disguise.
“Rat Race,” lead-off single from the Californians’ second LP II, kicked off the seven-song bombast. Upon wrapping the hard-rocking opener, bassist Chad Ubovich busted a bass string.
“Does anyone have a bass?” Segall pleaded. “Pretty please?”
The timekeeper cracked jokes to fill dead air as his bandmate hustled to swap out strings.
“What’s green and hops from bed to bed? A prosti-toad.”
Ubovich saved the sea of people at the Orange stage from more such fare by returning soon thereafter, and the rock resumed. Mosh pits and crowd surfing erupted alongside the trio’s doom/psych garage rock, with cuts like “Time Collapse/7th Terror” evoking the late Jay Reatard as well as Thee Oh Sees. All acts, of course, remain heavily indebted to Ozzy and Sabbath, whose influence governed Fuzz’s raucous and dark 45-minute set.
“Stay hydrated!” urged Segall, thick black makeup smeared under his eyes. “Someone tell us when we’re supposed to stop.”