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 distill a quintessential version of their unique musical perspective, composed of an array of influences that create a unique sonic love signature.Read more
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.
Full article by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni via Pitchfork
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.Read more
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.
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
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.”
by Carly Smith
“It’s always a blast when our pal Nick Reinhart of ambient math rock band Tera Melos drops by the Reverb studio to showcase his melodic lines and etherial tones.
On his most recent visit, Nick took us on a trip down memory lane and talked about the first “cool” pedal he ever borrowed when he was just 12 years old: a DOD DFX9 Delay. He also showed us another of his first pedals, the Boss PH–2 Super Phaser, that he was first drawn to because of its vibrant green chassis.
Watching this demo, it’s not difficult to understand why Nick still stands by the DFX9. While he admits having grown out of the PH–2 to a degree, Nick was still able to craft some seriously compelling sounds by throwing an EarthQuaker Devices Hoof on the end of his throwback chain.“
Full article on Reverb.
It’s impossible to imagine a Tera Melos song that doesn’t get a little absurd. The California trio has spent the majority of its years playing with song structures in a hybrid world of math rock and experimental electronics, like three boys whose eyes light up with every guitar pedal their eyes land on. As such, Tera Melos songs have their own type of elasticity. A pitched-up guitar flings you into one corner, a bass spasm launches you over a wall and then polyrhythmic drums twirl you in circles. It feels like a thrill ride at Disneyland when they decorate the park for Halloween, with each bump in the ride offering an extra dose of adrenaline.
Full article Via NPR.
Tera Melos & Speedy Ortiz Tour 2017
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 - Larimer Lounge
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
Big Walnuts Yonder–an incredible supergroup featuring Minutemen’s Mike Watt, Wilco’s Nels Cline, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart–just put out one of the most powerful and marvelously eclectic rock records of the year. Even though the band formed way back in 2008 and didn’t record the album until 2014, it still sounds raw and fresh as hell. The dirty funk of opener “All Against All” accurately portrays the LP’s unique blend of lo-fi math rock and noisy, throwback ‘90s skate punk, while the energetic “Raise the Drawbridges?” gloriously flaunts ear-piercing guitar licks and groove-heavy percussion.
Aside from recording seriously great music with Watt, Cline, and Saunier, Nick Reinhart has proved himself to be one of the most strikingly innovative guitarists in recent memory with his countless other bands and side projects. He is best known as the frontman of Sacramento-based experimental rock trio Tera Melos, who explored complex, mind-bending indie-math zones on their most recent release, 2013′s X’ed Out.
Reinhart has also worked with drummer Zach Hill in Bygones and Death Grips; played live in Rob Crow’s band Goblin Cock; and performed a series of engrossing, entirely improvised live sets with Dot Hacker’s Eric Gardner as Swollen Brain, all of which are discussed in our interview below (the power of collaboration is definitely key here).Read more