Hey Gene, Rock is ALIVE! Ty Segall w/ Wand and Plastic Pinks @ The Stage Miami (9/11/14)
Ty Segall’s show at the Stage in Miami was a show we anticipated on seeing since the announcement was made in June. Supported by L.A.’s, Wand and Miami’s, Plastic Pinks, the night was perfect and The Stage in Miami, couldn’t have hosted any better. Security was relaxed and the bands, the audience and everyone working the night would have a superb experience.
When asked to describe Ty Segall, I am hard-pressed to do so in just one word. Rather, Segall can be best described as a mélange of garage/punk/psych/metal. He’s very creative and encourages everyone around him to join in his creativity. This couldn’t be more clear than it was that Thursday night.
The evening kicked off with Miami natives, Plastic Pinks. The Plastic Pinks have been gaining momentum on the local live music circuit and it seems that everywhere we go, they show up. They say that half of success is just in showing up, but I can assure you, they are more than that. We arrived shortly after they took the stage, but found ourselves comforted by their sound. The crowd hadn’t gotten too revved up just yet, but things were starting to happen.
To the delight of many, Wand took the stage and I found myself in front of the lead guitarist. Their guitarist and singer, Cory Thomas Hanson, encountered some technical difficulties and claimed it was the Miami heat messing up his strings. But, shortly after his tuning break, he came back and ripped it up. There were fans onstage, pillows being thrown and a fair amount of body surfing. I even got hit in the arm with a beer bottle. During one point, the bass drum was moving away from the drummer and Segall simply walked on stage and corrected the problem. Well into their set, Wand finally showed us what they were made of and the crowd wanted more. Giving us just one extra song, they did their thing and we were warmed up for Segall.
Segall’s latest release, Manipulator, is definitely his most produced album and a unique concept piece about a tech-friendly girl, Susie Thumb. Each and every song on the album is better than the next. We are simply addicted to this album. Finally getting the opportunity to see this album performed live was like eating the tallest ice cream cone on the hottest day at the beach.
Introduced by their mustached manager as “The Manipulator Band” from Jupiter (the planet in outerspace), Segall was joined by Emily Rose Epstein on drums, guitarist Charlie Mootheart and bass wielding Mikail Cronin. We had most recently seen Cronin solo at Austin Psych Fest this past May and as a Floridian, this was such a treat to see him again in the span of several months. As soon as the first note of ‘Manipulator’ began to play, the crowd whipped into a frenzy. The wave of people became so intense at times, it was a little difficult to concentrate on the band, but it was Ty Segall and nothing could interfere.
‘The Manipulator Band’ proceeded to play most of the new album. At one point, Segall walked out onto the crowd, allowing them to hold his ankles while he played an intense solo. In addition to the new album, other highlights included ‘I Bought My Eyes’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘Girlfriend’.
Overall, I can’t remember a show in recent memory that has been as exciting and enjoyable as this one. Ty, thank you for making your way back to the South Florida. We can’t wait to have you back again.
Our recap video of the evening:
Our video for Ty Segall – ‘It’s Over':