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
Chon has invited Tera Melos on to sound blast on their album release tour this summer. All show info can be found here.
6/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
6/03 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
6/05 - portland, or @ hawthorne theatrE
6/06 - seattle, wa @ neumos
6/08 - salt lake city, ut @ the complex
6/09 - denver, co @ summit music hall
6/10 - lawrence, ks @granada theater
6/11 - chicago, il @ cobra lounge
6/13 - detroit, mi @ sAINt andrew’s hall
6/14 - toronto, on @ mod club
6/15 - cleveland, oh @ agora ballroom
6/16 - philadelphia, pa @ union transfer
6/17 - new york, ny @ webster hall
6/18 - boston, ma @ royale
6/20 - pittsburgh, pa @ rex theater
6/21 - baltimore, md @ baltimore soundstage
6/22 - carrboro, nc @ cat’s cradle
6/23 - atlanta, ga @ terminal west
6/24 - orlando, fl @ the beacham
6/25 - tampa, fl @ the orpheum
6/27 - dallas, tx @ gas monkey live!
6/28 - austin, tx @ emo’s austin
Big Walnuts Yonder with Nick Reinhart announce self-titled album, release “Raise The Drawbridges?” via Consequence of Sound
This year has already seen its fair share of mighty supergroups, featuring various members of At The Drive-In, Melvins, Grandaddy, and Franz Ferdinand. Big Walnuts Yonder is a collection of similarly talented veteran musicians — Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) to be exact — but the chemistry and creative process behind the new outfit are decidedly of a different breed.
“It’s worlds colliding,” Watt explains of the four-piece, which draws in elements of “proto-punk, free jazz, power pop, experimental music, psych-rock and your first teenage acid trip all in one.” Big Walnuts Yonder’s beginnings date back to a 2008 conversation between Watt and Reinhart, but because of hectic, overlapping schedules, it hasn’t been easy to sit down and polish off an official album.
“We had planned it for so long,” recalls Saunier. “Then several years passed in which nothing occurred due to everyone’s schedules. It was 2-3 years of warm, leisurely prep time, then suddenly made in a panic with time and money on the line.” The resulting effort is the band’s self-titled debut, due out May 5th via Sargent House.
The LP was recorded in just three days over the summer of 2014 with the help of producer and former Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone engineering at his Studio G in Brooklyn. Its collects 10 songs, eight of which started as “song forms” on Watt’s bass, then later fleshed out and added to by other band members; Saunier and Cline each contributed one track of their own to the final product. “I’m pretty sure the other guys didn’t have parts set before going into the studio,” says Reinhart. “But it’s interesting how a lot of the songs began as Mike Watt basslines, and everyone was able to pull songs and melodies out of them.”
The whole thing seemed to materialize in a way that was spontaneous, but also quite focused — a “concentrated sort of freakout,” according to Saunier. “We basically had to invent a new band on the spot. And, people might have a stereotype of what each person does, but we all showed up to do what we’re prevented from doing in other groups.”
As a first look at Big Walnuts Yonder, the group has shared “Raise the Drawbridges”, a track that captures an instance of police brutality. “He [Watt] takes the voice of an officer acting too tough and provoking conflict,” Saunier explains, “and then comments on the transparency of the officer’s fear and the futility of this dynamic.” Stream it down below.
To accompany the song premiere, Consequence of Sound is happy to present an expansive interview with Saunier, Reinhart, and Cline, in which each talks at length about Big Walnut Yonder’s formation, the importance of each member’s contributions to the album, and the newly released lead single. (Note: All questions were submitted by our one and only News Editor Ben Kaye.)Read more
Happy new year! Another holiday gift to you from Pedals And Effects, are the final installments of our series with pedal enthusiast and bass player extraordinaire Nathan Latona.
In the fourth installment of our series with Nathan, we go over to the dirt and modulation side of his pedal board. Nathan’s rocking some of my favorite pedals like the BOSS PN-2 Tremolo/Pan and the Digitech PDS 50/50, it was really interesting to see how we have different approaches to the same pedal. Nick and Nathan also talk about their experience being approached by companies as well as other anecdotes from their long history playing together in Tera Melos. I love listening to these dudes talk!Read more
If you are wondering whence the next generation of Adrian Belews and Nels Clines will come, wonder no more. As is the case with Belew and Cline, effects are not an adjunct to Nick Reinhart’s playing but an integral part of it. Watching Reinhart dance on his pedals during a Tera Melos performance, you might be reminded of a classic hoofer tapping out complicated rhythms. But be careful, lest the choreography cause you to miss the high level of technical facility that lets him finger complex chords, whip through rapid atonal lines, and tap out figures and riffs on the fretboard—all while handling the lead singing chores.
“I’m really into combining cool sounds and complex ideas with melodic parts,” Reinhart says. “There can be crazy stuff happening with the guitar that perhaps only musically trained people might understand, but then I sneak in a melody that anybody would be able to follow.”Read more