Ty Rex is the name under which garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall covers the material of Marc Bolan’s T-Rex, as you do. This record compiles an EP and a 7”, both long out of print, and adds an exclusive new version of ‘20th Century Boy’. The project is clearly borne of love, and sounds pretty wild. Out on Goner Records.
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I know Ty Segall is a garage guy etc but I still was surprised to see how much time he's devoted into covering T-Rex songs. The original glam stompers were always an interesting proposition with their oddball song structures and Marc Bolan's quivering voice and they make unusual but perfectly understandable bed fellows when snuggling down with Ty Segall. These songs gain a new lease of life when played with such distorted gusto. The production is one step away from sounding like it was recorded in the waste disposal pipe of a sheet metal factory so harsh and high end is it but if nothing else it excites the tracks and removes them from their corkscrew haired, glittered up originals.
'Fist Heart Mighty Drawn Dart' is surely the highlight of the collection with an infectious chorus only Bolan could write (and while we are at it Suede nicked the vocal inflections lock stock and barrel in their early 'Metal Mickey' phase). It's not all raucous, 'Salamander Palaganda' and 'Black Cat' are both quite restrained. Segall obviously has a love for the material and there's no feeling of 'novelty' here at all. Just good songs endearingly sloppily played and crunched to high heaven.
7/10 Luke Knight 26th November 2015
Before Ty Segall can issue Emotional Mugger, his latest (in a string of many) collections of grimy garage rock, but he has to look back before he moves forward. Way back. The California-based songwriter’s affinity for the sparkly songwriting of T. Rex’s Marc Bolan has been no secret, but next week he’s underscoring that with the release of Ty-Rex, a compilation of covers on Goner Records. Most of these renditions have already seen release on a pair of 7-inches that he released in 2011 and 2013, but Goner’s collecting them in one package for the first time, alongside a previously unreleased cover of “20th Century Boy.”
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