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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Past members
  • Will Stangelad
  • Menchaca

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


The members of Tearist have stated that they were intending to create a movement more than a band, accepting all influences and dissecting them to allow for a new and instinctual musical product to emerge.[3]

Their debut album on Thin Wrist Records is a collection of live recordings titled Living: 2009—Present. It captures their lo-fi aesthetic with found objects, howling vocals and crowd noise.[4]


LA Record described Living: 2009—Present as "an 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]

Living: 2009—Present was described as a "gothy electro-noise duo" by the Los Angeles Times music blog, and LA Weekly wrote in a cover interview that, "Tearist became the most crucial musical project to come out of Los Angeles in recent years."[8][9]


  • Living: 2009–Present (2011)][10]
  • Tearist s/t (2010)[2]
  • Purple Video (2012)[11]
  • CDR (2009)[12]
  • "Headless" (2015)[13]

Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Aaron Leitko (2011-06-30). "Tearist: Living: 2009-Present Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. ^ a b "Tearist - Tearist". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  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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