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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Past members
  • Will Stangelad Menchaca

TEARIST is an American electronic/industrial[1][2] band formed in 2009 by Yasmine Kittles (vocals/percussion/synthesizer) and William Strangeland (synthesizer/programming). The group is based in Los Angeles, California.


TEARIST is a slang term created by Kittles in 2009 and is used to describe a movement[3] based on acceptance of all influences and dissecting them to allow for a new and instinctual musical product to emerge. The result is supposed to be boundless and evolutionary. This later became the name adopted by the band.

TEARIST's debut album sold out within months of its release. This live[4] record titled "Living: 2009-Present" received critical acclaim [citation needed] due to the riskiness and unconventionality of a live album being released as a debut full length.

LA Record described the album as "a unified artifact that defies the span of time in which it was recorded," and called the album "a gem that transcends the traditional live album and verges on being an art-object in and of itself."[4][5][6] Rolling Stone described TEARIST as being "about pushing people out of their comfort zone to the point where they question their own existence."[7] TEARIST has been described as a "gothy electro-noise duo" by the Los Angeles Times music blog,[8] and in a cover story on the band, the LA Weekly wrote, "Tearist could very well be the most crucial musical project to come out of Los Angeles in recent years."[9]


  • Living: 2009-Present (2011)][10]
  • Tearist s/t (2010)[1]
  • Purple Video (2012)[11]
  • CDR (2009)[12]
  • "Headless" (2015)[13]

Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tearist - Tearist". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  2. ^ Aaron Leitko (2011-06-30). "Tearist: Living: 2009-Present Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Tearist". SESAC. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  4. ^ a b "L.A. Record". L.A. Record. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  5. ^ Guy Frowny (2011-03-21). "Tearist - Living: 2009 - Present | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Album Review: Tearist – Living: 2009-Present". Spinningplatters.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  7. ^ Nika, Colleen (2011-11-02). "Meet TEARIST, L.A.'s Stylish Noise Merchants". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Tearist remixes Parenthetical Girls on new track". Los Angeles Times. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tearist: The Real Thing". LA Weekly. 28 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tearist - Living: 2009-Present". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Tearist - Purple Video". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  12. ^ "Tearist - Tearist". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  13. ^ "Headless - purple TELEVISION". Purple. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  14. ^ "Blue Ruin (2013) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  15. ^ Daly, Carson; Lemaitre; Macy, William H.; Tearist (2014-10-14), William H. Macy/Tearist/Lemaitre, retrieved 2017-01-12 

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