Published Jan 21, 2014Ty Segall and John Dwyer have spoken of garage rock's recent migration to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. Segall, Dwyer, King Tuff and Kevin Morby of Woods are among the many rockers that have made their way to Southern California to reap the creative benefits that L.A. seems to accord. Tim Presley of White Fence made the move to L.A. nearly a decade ago, describing the city as "a place of artistic cultivation… I think there is a certain seedy, creepy mystery that has always lived here. It's a good place for the freak, and the phantom." Presley's vision of L.A. seems to also accurately describe the musical aesthetic of his long-time friend and collaborator John Webster Johns, who has released Light Show as his debut record under the alias Jack Name.
A touring guitarist for White Fence, Name seems to imbue the seedy, mysterious nature of his city into the dystopic world he creates on Light Show. The album, released via Ty Segall's God? imprint, works as a sort of thematic narrative, describing an apocalyptic world torn apart by drugs, gangs and "the struggle of outsider kids in the world today." On tracks like "Pure Terror," the fuzzy psychedelic influence of cohorts like Presley and Segall is easily identifiable. Name's subdued vocal delivery adds its own dynamic, juxtaposing the song's chaotic crescendo ending. Light Show presents a psychedelic, sci-fi rock and roll story immediately bred of the creative desert that is Los Angeles. (God?)