Tera Melos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tera Melos
Tera Melos.jpg
Tera Melos live at SLO Brewing Co. in 2011
Background information
Origin Sacramento, California, USA
Genres Indie rock, math rock, progressive rock, experimental rock, post-punk, jazz, ambient
Years active 2004–present
Labels Sargent House, Temporary Residence Limited
Associated acts Bygones, Fishboy, Marnie Stern, The Blank Reference
Members Nick Reinhart
Nathan Latona
John Clardy
Past members Jeff Worms
Vince Rogers

Tera Melos is a band from Sacramento, California, that incorporates many styles of rock, jazz, ambient electronics and unconventional song structure. They are currently a three-piece (formerly four), consisting of guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Nick Reinhart, bassist Nathan Latona, and drummer John Clardy. Tera Melos play a brand of music characterized by quickly alternating rhythmic patterns, start-stop dynamics, improvisation, two-handed tapping on the guitar, extended open-ended bridges, and the use of effect pedals and samplers. Though the band has typically eschewed the label of math rock,[1] they are considered recent innovators of the genre.[2]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The band formed in 2004 after the breakup of Nick Reinhart and Nathan Latona's former band No Regard. Jeff Worms and Vince Rogers joined shortly thereafter. Tera Melos rehearsed for nearly a full year before choosing to debut live.[3] The band had initially intended to recruit a vocalist but did not settle on one and chose to carry on as an instrumental band for the next several years. After releasing a four-song demo, their untitled debut full-length was released on October 4, 2005. The album comprises eight tracks, and was re-issued in 2010 on Sargent House. While some of the tracks on the album feature distorted vocals that are somewhat undecipherable, guitarist Nick Reinhart started contributing more prominent vocals to the music with the release of their 2007 split with By the End of Tonight, called Complex Full of Phantoms. The album was named One of the most overlooked albums of 2005 by AP magazine.[3]

Right before they started recording their second EP Drugs to the Dear Youth, one of the guitarists, Jeff Worms, left the band. On January 19, 2007, Tera Melos released the EP on Sargent House. ‘Drugs’ for short, was a step away from the previous sound they had before and farther into more progressive and original regions.[2] They then embarked on their first national tour.

Later in the year, the band contributed five songs to a split EP with the Houston, Texas band By the End of Tonight. Released on Temporary Residence Limited, Complex Full of Phantoms was the first release to feature prominent vocals in Tera Melos songs. Tours with By the End of Tonight and Facing New York followed.

New lineup and Patagonian Rats[edit]

Tera Melos announced on their Myspace page on April 2, 2008, that drummer Vince would be leaving the band to pursue other things after their spring tour. He now performs solo drum act, with a sequencer, under the name The Blank Reference. He is also a member of Marnie Stern's band. The band began searching for a new drummer and after 6 months, announced the addition of John Clardy as their new drummer. Prior to Vince's departure, the band had been planning a long-awaited LP release after touring; however, plans for a full-length were delayed. In the meantime they ended up releasing an EP of covers, featuring songs by The Beach Boys and Polaris, entitled Idioms, Vol. I.

Tera Melos at The Smell in Los Angeles, CA in 2010

The band resumed live activity again in January 2009 and toured with the likes of RX Bandits, These Arms are Snakes, and Melt Banana in addition to headlining tours of their own.

Tera Melos have developed a cult-like fan base around the United States and have recently gained some popularity in Europe, Asia, and South America;[4] in September 2009 the Drugs to the Dear Youth EP and Tera Melos songs from the Complex Full of Phantoms split were combined into the release Drugs/Complex on Parabolica Records in Japan. October 2009 the band did an 8-date headlining tour of Japan, and were subsequently featured in the DVD Parabolica Jam '09.[5]

On November 7, 2009, Tera Melos confirmed a new album due out in 2010 in a Myspace bulletin. The post stated that the band was set to begin recording the next day, November 8. The new album, titled Patagonian Rats, was released on September 7, 2010.[6] The band toured extensively throughout North America and Europe in support of the record. Playing with bands such as Maps & Atlases and Marnie Stern.

The band embarked on a short west-coast tour with the recently reunited Firehose in April 2012.[7]

X'ed Out[edit]

On January 17, 2013, along with the release of a new song "Tropic Lame," Tera Melos announced their new LP X'ed Out, which was released by Sargent House on April 16.[8][9] Tracks from the album "Sunburn" and "Bite" were later released. The band once again toured extensively in Europe, as well as a tour with Sargent House label-mates TTNG in the United States.

The band supported Minus the Bear on their West Coast dates. They have also since done extensive touring in 2014 traveling with Dillinger Escape Plan, and then again with Pinback.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • (untitled album) (2005) Re-issued (2010) on Sargent House
  • Drugs/Complex (2010) - compilation of Drugs to the Dear Youth and their tracks from Complex Full of Phantoms - Sargent House
  • Patagonian Rats (2010) Sargent House
  • X'ed Out (2013)[10] Sargent House

EPs[edit]

  • Demo (2004) - includes the songs "7th Heaven", "Flowers", "Magical" and "I Hate the 80's"
  • Drugs to the Dear Youth (2007) - EP Sargent House
  • IDIOMS vol. I (Covers EP) (2009) Sargent House
  • Zoo Weather (2011) - EP Sargent House
  • Echo On The Hills Of Knebworth (2011) - Single Sargent House

Splits[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • Hey Sandy (2009)
  • The Skin Surf (2010)
  • Frozen Zoo (2010)
  • Manar the Magic (2011)
  • Kelley (2011)
  • So Occult/Kelly (2011)
  • Bite (2013)
  • Weird Circles (2013)
  • Slimed (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Math Rock For Dummies: Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart Explains |". Flabmag.com. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Genre Report: Norcal Math Rock". Sputnikmusic. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Blog Archive » Interview with Tera Melos – Podcast 16". Sound Scene Revolution. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  4. ^ SK; Ueshima, Yumi (October 2009) [2009], "Tera Melos Beadily #05", The Ray 005: 10–11 
  5. ^ "LITE official website". Lite-web.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  6. ^ "What Album Haha What? By Tera Melos On Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Tera Melos: Tour Dates with Reunited fIREHOSE on JamBase". Jambase.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Hear And Download...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  9. ^ "April 16th". Facebook. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / bbqdbrains: “@skibbyy: @bbqdbrains what's". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 

External links[edit]