Ty Segall, White Fence, Useless Eaters, Mikey and the Drags Walter's May 24, 2012
This was all just garage/psychedelic/whatever-you-may-call-it rock at its finest. You could say that Ty Segall brought a rowdy crowd that used the larger space at Walter's on Naylor well indeed, to say the least.
Segall, along with all of the opening acts playing, delivered hard-driven stuff, clear with their influences. It was the kind of music where even if it may not be your bag to listen to it on a regular basis, it was hard not to have a good time seeing it live, and/or have the intense urge to get really drunk while seeing it live.
Your humble reporter held back such an urge, and still had a blast.
The crowd was entirely just rockin' out. I'm trying to say that with the least amount of cheese possible, but it's true. Everyone...and their dads...were rocking out. That being said, the crowd was of all ages, considering Segall's clear '60s and '70s influences but fresh take on that kind of music. So the crowd genuinely followed suit.
First act Mikey & the Drags began their set with a small-ish crowd present. This three-piece local band most clearly showed their influences, pulling from '60s garage-rock songs. They proudly played a Mummies cover for their second-to-last song. Sims Hardin filled in for drummer Andrew Lee, as Lee is currently on tour with the Wild Moccasins.
Useless Eaters played next and were a mess, but a good mess. I kept hearing the Germs, or many other things along that line -- that is, if the Germs had a drummer complete with groomed chest hair. Couldn't unsee. They gave me their set list, which doubled as a bag to stash their bottle of whiskey. The party continued.
The crowd was pouring in, both during Useless Eaters and directly following. The 100-gallon (or so) trash can that had been empty about an hour earlier was almost filled with finished drinks by this time. Scene.
Of the shows I've been to at Walter's on Naylor, this one brought the biggest crowd I have seen so far.
White Fence, from California, followed in superstar power. Was that a bit much? It hit me that I really liked them, basically. Foreshadowing Ty Segall, I heard the spirit of garage rock kept alive. The crowd was getting rowdier. Not quite a mosh pit at first, but then it sort of disintegrated into one.
Ah, and Ty Segall. He opened with "Hair," a collaboration with White Fence, then followed suit with songs off of various albums, and then closed his set with G.G. Allin and Black Sabbath covers. Notably, an audience member named Pedro climbed onstage mid-set and began singing with Segall's band.
People crowd-surfed. Ty Segall himself crowd-surfed. General debauchery ensued, and preceded, and proceeded. Simply put, good times, right?
Personal Bias: No personal bias.
The Crowd: Diverse, happy crowd. One guy in front of me began slow dancing by himself, somehow. It happens?
Overheard in the Crowd: Mikey & the Drags said before playing their cover of The Mummies, "If anyone knows this song, you're my new best friend. Just kidding, we don't need any more friends." Apparently, these kids are cool.
Random Notebook Dump: Who is Pedro? Vote Pedro!
MIKEY & THE DRAGS SET LIST
USELESS EATERS SET LIST
WHITE FENCE SET LIST
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