Ty Segall

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Ty Segall
‘Candy Sam’
Drag City

Throw away your paisley preconceptions of psych and take a gander at these big bawlers and squealers instead. Revered sonic avenger Ty Segall has dropped a sinister new music video for ‘Candy Sam’, and as his muggers’ glorious volley of fuzz riffs proceed to blow the roof clean-off the filthy garage in which they were undoubtedly conceived, there’s an overwhelming sense of foreboding as this collage of suckling tots floods your retinal lobes.

You might well be left wondering, “just who exactly is Candy Sam?” But take into account the macabre artwork that matches Segall’s most recent LP, Emotional Mugger, and track titles like ‘Squealer’ and ‘Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)’. He’s playing with infantile memories with gusto, and though these grinning cherubs initially evoke an innate sense of joy, stare too long and you might get spooked.

Ty Segall and The Muggers will land in Europe this month for dates stretching through to July. We are more than excited for their London show at The Forum on June 24. Get your copy of Emotional Mugger here.

Tour Dates
May 31 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
June 1 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Orangerie
June 2 – Dudingen, CH @ Kilby Bad Bonn
June 3 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
June 4 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 5 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo (Primavera Closing Party)
June 6 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
June 7 – Marina di Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
June 9 – Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa
June 11 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
June 13 – Nantes, FR @ Le Stereolux Club
June 15 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
June 17 – Helsinki, FI @ Sideways Festival
June 18 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
June 19 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
June 21 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
June 22 – Glasgow, UK @ The Art School
June 23 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
June 24 – London, UK @ The Forum
June 25 – Beuningen, NL @Down In The Rabbit Hole Festival
June 26 – Lille, FR @ Le Grand Mix
June 27 – Koln, DE @ Gebaeude 9
June 28 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
June 30 – Cluzes, FR @ Musiques En Stock Festival
July 1 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockeennes Festival
July 3 – Keflavík, IS @ ATP Festival

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Purling Hiss announce EU tour dates for March

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After blowing our heads clean off with the searing hot garage rock of their 2014 album, Weirdon, Purling Hiss have announced a full European tour taking in 23 dates through March.

With their tube amps cranked high and cooking to boil over, Purling Hiss’ live set is heralded as a whirlwind of chaos and disarray. Expect a tidal wave of riffs, fuzz and syrup-sweet hooks. We can hardly wait for the London show at Corsica Studios on March 25th.

March EU Tour
4th OT301, Amsterdam, Netherlands
5th Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
6th Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
7th Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
8th Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
9th Klub 007, Prague, Czech Republic
10th Arena, Vienna, Austria
12th Altrove – Teatro Della Maddalena, Genova, Italy
13th Covo Club, Bologna, Italy
14th Tender Club, Florence, Italy
16th Grrnd Zero, Lyon, France
17th Almo2Bar, Barcelona, Spain
18th El Chicho, Bordeaux, France
19th L’Espace B, Paris, France
20th Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium
21th Bleach, Brighton
22th The Oobleck, Birmingham
23th Broadcast, Glasgow
24th The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25th Corsica Studios, London
26th Hall of Fame, Tilburg, Netherlands
27th dB’s Studios, Utrecht, Netherlands
28th Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium

Purling Hiss

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Weirdon
(Drag City)

As a band name Purling Hiss is a pleasing Spoonerism, nearly as satisfying as when Jeremy Hunt, Cultural Secretary’s name was catastrophically mispronounced by James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today programme.

Weirdon is also a catchy if not mind boggling title for an album. You wonder what causes a weirdon, and is it something you can hide by crossing your legs. Released at the tail (no pun intended) end of last year on Drag City, this one slipped under the radar, but much like the record by Ultimate Painting – it’s a real grower. Part Archers of Loaf, part Pavement, part Tall Dwarfs, and at its gnarliest Male Bonding, this pop is not just angular it’s so wonky that the shelf holding the vinyl copy has just fallen off the wall of Ikea and squashed your meat balls.

Purling Hiss is basically Mike Polizze, and he makes sounding lop sided effortless even though you know his fretwork is spotless. Easily on a par with recent records by Mikal Cronin and Kelley Stoltz, it’s not razing trees to the ground, it’s not ripping them up, but it is making them bend back like Thunderbird 2 emerging from its Tracy Island lair ready to ping in your face. Like an international rescue from your January stupor.

Weirdon is out now on Drag City.

Nick Hutchings