Tera Melos 'Warpless Run' Video Premier // NPR 

“Speedruns” are a weirdly enthralling piece of video game culture, wherein a gamer takes on titles, often older ones like Super Metroid or Sonic The Hedgehog, using every trick in the book to beat their chosen game as fast as possible. 

Brad “Darbian” Myers currently holds the Super Mario Bros. speedrun world record, completing the classic in four minutes, 56 seconds. Tera Melos guitarist and singer Nick Reinhart recalls one of Darbian’s recent live streams as “the closest thing I’ve ever felt to being a real sports fan,” he tells NPR. “My heart was racing and I was yelling at my phone screen." 

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Tera Melos // US Tour TODAY 

Tera Melos hit the road w/ Speedy Ortiz today and this time it’s personal.
Tickets and info HERE.

Oct 12 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
Oct 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct 14 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Holocene
Oct 17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Oct 20 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Oct 24 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 27 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
Oct 29 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Oct 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 01 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom Outer Space
Nov 02 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore
Nov 04 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 05 Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Nov 07 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Nov 08 Talahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU)
Nov 09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory
Nov 10 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 11 Houston, TX @ Secret Group
Nov 13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Nov 17 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

‘Trash Generator’ Rave Review on Exclaim! 

By Scott A. Gray via Exclaim!

For those wired a certain way, Tera Melos is the best fucking band on this beautiful, disgusting space rock we’re all riding. Clearly, there’s no one best anything in any creative field, but Tera Melos put every ounce of themselves into the music they make. They distil a quintessential version of their unique musical perspective, composed of an array of influences that create a unique sonic love signature.

But I digress: let’s get back to that gross and gorgeous space rock metaphor and how it actually describes the music this demented, brilliant trio of Earth citizens make. Tera Melos trade in a euphoric amalgamation of beauty and brutality, all with a palpable sense of the absurd. Making Muppet versions of the Flaming Lips and the Dillinger Escape Plan dry hump at Disneyland is the most reductive description I can think of.

Trash Generator, the band’s third album with its current lineup of Nick Reinhart (guitar, vocals), Nathan Latona (bass, vocals) and John Clardy (beast drums) concentrates everything that makes the band so fantastic — insane song structures, catchy falsetto pop-punk vocals atop gnarled riffs that mutate into alien anthems, crystalline progressive pop riffs at the turn of a dime — into tight, song-centric packages. Each overall composition is allowed a bit more breathing room and cohesive space for melody while still being as complicated as anything else the band have done.

Nick Reinhart’s sound design is the most notable area of the band’s growth on this album. There’s a reason he jibes so well with Nels Cline (Wilco) on their side project, Big Walnuts Yonder: the level of detailed care and creativity he puts into every facet of the sounds he generates with his guitar is of the highest order. We’re talking Hendrix, Weinman, Corgan, Moore and Ranaldo, Ronald Jones levels of ingenuity.

Perhaps the only quibble I can grasp at is that the bass and drums, despite being absolutely awesomely performed, are a smidgen low in the mix and generally overshadowed by the phenomenal guitar sound. It absolutely works on this album, but it’d be interesting to see what could happen with trade-offs in which instruments are bringing the sonic strangeness in the future.

Regardless, Tera Melos are in peak form on Trash Generator, dropping yet another album gorily bursting with uncontainable, joyous, genre-janking musicality and reaffirming them as the best rock band in my world. (Sargent House)

Tera Melos “Trash Generator” Scores 5/5 on New Noise Magazine 

Album Review via New Noise Magazine : Tera MelosTrash Generator

Part rock opera, drug fueled dance party, math-core mayhem and indie pop-rock dreamscape, Sacramento, CA experimental rockers Tera Melos have never shied from the ambitious or esoteric. This foundation to their art, comparable in its fearlessness to Frank Zappa’s music, has allowed the band to explore and change while growing a global audience that expects nothing less. Trash Generator, the power trio’s third full length studio album, once again pushes into new sonic territory while keeping the footprints of their past sound alive and well represented.

The opening track “System Preferences,” is an excellent example of the bands musical diversity and unconventional approach to instrumentation and song structure – the bass playing the role of an anxious ticking clock behind Nick Reinhart’s ghostly rhythmic vocals. But like a late night out that gets quickly uncontrollable, the intensity of Trash Generator picks up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. Title track, “Trash Generator,” finds the band back in its controlled chaos. Guitars and drums bounce and dart around the room, before quickly coalescing into an intense syncopated chorus. Without knowing what the hell Vocalist and Guitarist Nick Reinhart is meaning you can’t help but want to yell out with him “Trash Generator, I’m not the bad guy!”

While the constant fluctuation in energy and timing can be draining, Tera Melos has always been self-ware as to when to shift moods. “Mens Shirt,” a melancholy and dissonant song reminiscent of early nineties Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. is as straightforward as the group gets on Trash Generator. Nick’s vocals take on a more storyteller quality as the dynamics of the band drop adding a spacey dimension that the more technical songs lack all together. Coming off the psychedelic dream pop influenced X/D Out, it is refreshing to hear that some of the same influences carried over. Overall, however, Trash Generator is a representation of the bands technical prowess and songwriting that has developed over the last ten years. The riffs, the tapping, the melodic lead bass, the punctuated intense vocals, the sporadic jazz influenced drumming; these elements are executed as well as they ever have been. “Don’t say I know,” “Drawing,” and “Dyer Ln” represent the classic Tera Melos – fast and unconventionally melodic. The moods seeming to make sense for only a second before diving back into another part led by a fast guitar lead or explosive drum fill. It seems more about the journey to self-reflection than the cleaner realization once you have arrived. It’s a soundtrack to a working brain and the entire spectrum that it comprises.

Tera Melos has added another excellent addition to their ambitious and inventive catalogue. Trash Generatorcombines a staggering amount of musical elements into a cohesive and intricate musical picture that will satisfy longtime fans and amaze those who are just discovering them.

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Pitchfork on “Trash Generator” by Tera Melos 

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by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

On Trash Generator, the Sacramento trio Tera Melos builds on its prodigious mix of post-hardcore and prog, reining-in the chops in service of catchy, harmonically rich songs.

Prog rock still exerts a profound influence on popular music—perhaps even more so now than in its 1970s heyday. The genre’s modern descendants may not necessarily surround themselves with stacks of keyboards, or emulate the Gandalf-esque fashion sense of Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. But you can rest assured that there’s prog DNA lurking within vital developments across a slew of contemporary rock styles. And while prog’s baroque extravagance once clashed with punk ethics and funk grooves, those divisions fell away decades ago, particularly in the post-hardcore universe that gave us Tera Melos.

When Tera Melos started out in the mid-2000s, the Sacramento trio (then a quartet) took a kitchen-sink approach to riffs and time changes that owed no small debt to the tornado-like, ultra-busy style pioneered by hometown predecessors Hella (the outfit that first put Death Grips drummer Zach Hill on the map). But even as Tera Melos grew more adept at cramming their music with whiplash-inducing twists and turns, they simultaneously shifted towards a bigger-picture view of songwriting. On 2013’s X’ed Out, Tera Melos struck a balance between complexity and songcraft that almost always eludes technical bands. X’ed Out also showcased frontman/guitarist Nick Reinhart’s increasing command of melody and hooks. Reinhart, bassist Nathan Latona, and drummer John Clardy had gotten so adept at shoehorning their chops into pop song structures that they were starting to sound more like, say, the Police and Pinback than the experimental/math/heavy/post-hardcore company they kept.

Trash Generator, the follow-up to X’ed Out, continues down the same road, with a guest appearance by Pinback’s Rob Crow for good measure. Much like last time, the new material sees Tera Melos reining-in their prodigious chops in service of tunes that function pretty much as traditional songs. On “Your Friends,” no amount of stutter-stops, extra beats, or audacious drum fills can derail the swaggering groove the band sustains throughout the verse-chorus sections. The song even gives us a glimpse of what it would sound like if the Police’s Andy Summers and Sting were reincarnated as a single person who plays chunky, metallic riffs. Reinhart at once nods to Summers’ watery echo and Sting’s sing-speak phrasing circa Regatta de Blanc.

On “Don’t Say I Know,” Reinhart smoothes a jerking, oddly metered guitar riff out so that the guitarwork itself becomes the song’s hook alongside his already-catchy falsetto vocal, which falls somewhere between Devo, the Beach Boys, and Enon. When Latona thickens his bassline to include deep chords, the effect is dramatic and powerful in a way that Tera Melos’ older material just didn’t leave room for. On the instrumental “GR30A11,” somber piano chords brush up against patches of static fuzz, strewn about like dust bunnies, while Latona noodles on the bass as if playing to an entirely different track.

A sedate, presumably lighthearted attempt at Cecil Taylor’s brand of jazz chaos, “GR30A11” certainly cleanses the pallette with a respite from the album’s assertive, high-energy mood. But “GR30A11,” while fun, also highlights how Tera Melos aren’t arriving at new expressions quite as assuredly as they did on X’ed Out. That’s not to say Trash Generator doesn’t break some new ground for Tera Melos: The horns on “A Universal Gonk” create a smoky atmosphere, and on the whole, the album is the band’s catchiest and most harmonically rich by far. But in its especially open moments—the serene but short-lived intro to “Super Fx,” for example—Trash Generator suggests that Tera Melos would flourish even more if they threw themselves into the ambient end of the pool, which they’ve only stuck their toes in.

Full article via Pitchfork

“Trash Generator” on Top Five Notable Releases of the Week // Brooklyn Vegan 

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Tera Melos

Trash Generator

Sargent House  

The more Tera Melos’ career progresses, the harder it is to classify them. Their arty math rock makes them kindred spirits with bands like Deerhoof and Lightning Bolt, and they also make as much sense on a bill with spastic metalcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan as they do with indie rock heroes Pinback. (This fall, they’ll tour with Speedy Ortiz, which is a pretty great fit too.) Trash Generator, the followup to 2013’s X’ed Out, could be their most versatile album yet. The start-stop rhythms and off-kilter timing are as complex as the most niche math rock bands, there’s enough weight to rival metal bands, there’s an authentic punk spirit, and the songs are all pop songs in the bright quirky way of, say, Menomena or early Animal Collective. It’s a mix of sounds that can sound ridiculous on paper but is such a thrill to listen to. This album basically jumps in with the weirdness and the momentum both at a high, and it stays like that through the final track, only rarely slowing or quieting down. The album’s lead single, “Don’t Say I Know,” was really the perfect song to preface Trash Generator. All of the band’s sides are represented in one way or another on that song, and if hearing it got you excited, you’re gonna really dig the rest of this LP.

Full article via Brooklyn Vegan // by Andrew Sacher

Tera Melos “Trash Generator” OUT TODAY 

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Stream it now!

TERA MELOS & SPEEDY ORTIZ 2017 TOUR DATES
Oct 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct 14 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Holocene
Oct 17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Oct 20 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Oct 24 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 27 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
Oct 29 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Oct 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 01 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom Outer Space
Nov 02 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore
Nov 04 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 05 Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Nov 07 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Nov 08 Talahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU)
Nov 09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory
Nov 10 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 11 Houston, TX @ Secret Group
Nov 13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Nov 17 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Stream Tera Melos’ New Track, “Your Friends” on Brooklyn Vegan 

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By Andrew Sacher

Math rockers Tera Melos will release their new album Trash Generator this Friday (8/25) via Sargent House. While you’ll have to wait a few more days to hear the whole thing, we’re premiering another song from it ahead of the release. The new song is called “Your Friends,” and it injects the band’s arty, complex sound with some grunge angst. Here’s what vocalist/guitarist Nick Reinhart tells us about the song:

“The song is about guitarist and skate photographer Otis Barthoulameu, aka “O,” and Paul Frank. The artist/designer, and their friendship. We somehow befriended them at some point over the years and they’re some of the coolest, most warm hearted, interesting dudes you’ll ever come across, and they’ve been close friends for like 25 years. Both of them are such positive forces and have this really unique chemistry. It’s crazy to see them interact with one another. Neither of them ever really “grew up.” They stayed doing what they loved and evolved their art side by side. truly inspiring.

I remember demo’ing this song in 2009. It was an oddball thrasher. to me, the final version ended up sounding like a crossbreed of Pixies “trompe le monde” and Metallica “…and justice for all,” or something like that… Actually, O was hanging out with us in the studio texting Charles Thompson about pink guitars while we were recording. Maybe that had something to do with it.”

Listen below.

As mentioned, Tera Melos are supporting the album on tour with Speedy Ortiz, including a TBA Brooklyn show on November 2. All dates are listed below.

Tera Melos / Speedy Ortiz — 2017 Tour Dates
Oct 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct 14 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Holocene
Oct 17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Oct 20 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Oct 24 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 27 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
Oct 29 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Oct 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 01 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom Outer Space
Nov 02 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore
Nov 04 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 05 Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Nov 07 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Nov 08 Talahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU)
Nov 09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory
Nov 10 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 11 Houston, TX @ Secret Group
Nov 13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Nov 17 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

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