The Traditional Fools is an old, mostly defunct band of Ty Segall’s, wherein he played with David Fox and Andrew Luttrell. No-messing lo-fi garage-punk was what it was all about. This set takes their 7” single release and bundles it with 13 never-before-released tracks, including covers of Love and The Damned: very nice. Fools Gold is out on In The Red.
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Who are these fools? They’re damn fools. It sounds old but it’s not that old; it’s scattershot and punk and psychedelic too. It sounds like garage rock if it were recorded in a garage. The serendipity.
Aight, I guess by now it’s obvious: this is Ty Segall’s old band, making rawk songs but without the recording materials to keep the fire alive for the 12”. What you get is ashes, mere ashes, of a psych record that could’ve “killed it”, as music journalists are wont to say about things like this. By now you’ve probably heard plenty of comparatively cleaner cuts, but you can still hear the basic form of things underneath: the vocals are near buried but their jaunted, ‘60s-liking melodies are audible, while the scuzzy guitars and drums overtop supply rhythms that visit as far back as the Sonics. Playful as ever and forever, Segall’s band cheese out a bunch of ‘wicked’ solos, though they also go weird and scream if they please.
It takes a record like this to realise how much nostalgia exists in Segall’s music: “I Got My Baby” bumps with old-school bass and a general tongue-in-cheek silliness from days past, while “Surfin’ With The Phantom” tries to make literal on its name as quick as possible, doing twang spook at its finest. He covers Love; he tributes the Damned. This might be his band but it says more about other ones, at times -- though that might sum up Ty to a tee.
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