by Andria Lisle
Remember how, when you were a kid in the summertime, you'd find that perfect album that became your own personal soundtrack? Maybe it was Van Halen's Diver Down, or the Violent Femmes' Hallowed Ground. You heard it once, and committed each song to your sonic memory so that years later, the opening chords reminded you of pool chlorine and suntan lotion, illicit beers and an extended curfew.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of bands that reminds me of those summer soundtracks. Songs so good that they sound like you've heard the music before. The Gris Gris' For the Season, for instance, or the Black Lips' "Oh Katrina" or King Khan and BBQ's "Waddling Around." A foundation of old-school rock-and-roll inspiration, ranging from Doug Sahm to Little Richard, with plenty of punk-fueled noise layered atop it to create something new.
Tonight, the 21-year old Segall hits Memphis, performing at the Hi-Tone Cafe along with So-Cal group Charlie and the Moonhearts. He'll be premiering tracks from his upcoming sophomore release, Lemons, due on Goner on July 14.
As seen in the YouTube excerpt below, Segall delivers one helluva performance with his one-man band routine.
But don't take my word for it — listen for yourself:
Examiner music critic Jason Gelt writes that the three songs on Segall's just-released Goner 7", a precursor to Lemons, "live and breathe with a kind of ethereal-yet-dirty sincerity."
Spin Magazine is raving about his work, and iTunes has plucked Lemons from the detritus for an Alternative Indie Spotlight.
From the San Francisco Chronicle: "His performances are reminiscent of a revival. Segall shouts his absurdist gospels aloft rockabilly blues dipped in radiant garage pop and plays with the spirit and force of a lightning bolt that heralds an oncoming storm."