Though Ty Segall records for Chicago's Drag City, So-Cal's In the Red is also getting into the Segall business—and with a musician so prolific, there's plenty of material to go around—with the reissue of two limited-edition recordings that originally appeared on smaller labels.
I wrote about Reverse Shark Attack, Segall's fine collaboration with Mikal Cronin, here. Traditional Fools, a trio with bassist Andrew Luttrell and drummer David Fox, were a more anarchic affair, and I'm sorry to say that their one-off album doesn't quite compare.
Unlike Shark Attack, Traditional Fools reveals more of a thrash influence. There are surf licks and garage covers—Redd Kross, Thee Headcoats, etc.—but everything is louder, faster, and sloppier. And the production is so lo-fi that the music and vocals struggle for supremacy. They've also included studio chatter such as, "I like that ending." In other words: it plays like a live record, which isn't a problem in and of itself. Not if the songs are there. Except they aren't.
In the Red
Naturally, Burger Records issued the cassette edition
Segall rarely lets me down, but I couldn't get into this (and I wasn't crazy about Slaughterhouse either). I'm glad In the Red reissued it, so I could get caught up, and completists should be pleased...but I've never been one of those.
After a few spins, it started to grow on me, as most organic matter tends to do—mold, kudzu, and the like—but this is still one of Segall's lesser efforts.