The Descendents, Ty Segall, Kid Dynamite
Los Angeles State Historic Park
September 3, 2011
Rebounding after last year's lack of food and water, this year FYF did what it does best -- showcase the best and brightest up and comers, while also giving the spotlight to some more historic names.
As soon as you walked in the door you could feel the anticipation in the air. Pennsylvania pop punkers Title Fight gave a special thank you to The Descendents and Kid Dynamite, saying, "If it wasn't for those bands we wouldn't be here today. I stayed home sick in the fourth grade just so I could learn how to play [Kid Dynamite's] "Shorter, Faster, Louder."The award for break-out younger act of the day goes to Ty Segall. Any preconceived notion of the man doesn't apply to his live shows. Though most reviewers describe him as lo-fi, sleepy, dark, and creepy, he came off during his set as energetic, funny, and quite entertaining.
Most punk bands today employ something of a "Yo Gabba Gabba Hey" style, but Ty has serious songwriting ability. I'm a sucker for acts that can play loud, play well, and look like they're having fun at the same time. Segall's stage banter consisted partly of non-sequiturs like: "Love is alright, love is ok. You can take drugs, you can not... I don't give a a fuck anymore okay? Okay man?" and "This song is about eating weed rice. [Crowd cheers.] No, no, not cool...It's about eating weed rice and locking yourself in your room and listening to Black Sabbath all night because you think you're gonna die."
Maybe you had to be there, but his delivery is excellent. His set had a refreshing light-heartedness and honesty.
Descendents and Kid Dynamite reviews below.