Nick Reinhart is a guitarist and effects wizard who plays in the genre-defying band Tera Melos, the equally frenetic duo Bygones with Zach Hill, the super-group Big Walnuts Yonder with Mike Watt, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier, and contributed to the Jenny Death half of Death Grips’ album The Powers That B. I caught up with Nick to talk about the electronic music inspiration for his sound, his process with effects pedals, the inception of Big Walnuts Yonder, The Simpsons universe, and the reality-challenging aesthetic of Windy City Heat.Read more
Episode Fifteen – “Number Ones & Number Twos LIVE” w/Tera Melos
For the final leg of our Fall 2014 mini-tour the guys hit The Space in Hamden, CT for a very candid discussion about… well… pee & poop! Other talking points include band life on the road, baby skunks, Ween and of course, Mike’s continued hatred of brands! Our guests for this episode are the masters of rock themselves, Tera Melos! So grab a bottle of Pepto, a roll of your softest TP and join us for this LIVE episode!
Nick Reinhart Interview
Guitar and effects professor Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos, Bygones and Big Walnuts Yonder and a personal favourite musician of mine. Nick is one of those guitarists whose sound is instantly recognisable, continuously innovative and always progressing and venturing into unexplored territories.
Here’s my interview with Nick.
What inspired you to become a musician? What artists/bands/musicians or albums inspired or made an impact on the musical direction and approach you’ve taken with your instrument? And In terms of musical development what were the steps or process that you had to take in order to play the music that you are creating?
I got a guitar when I was eleven years old and it was a mind blowing thing for me. To be able to create music in your own hands was a really neat concept. Nirvana really spoke to me at that age. Seeing Sonic Youth swinging their guitars around and manipulating effects at lollapalooza when I was 12 had a big impact on me. I was into mostly punk in my teens until my friend Bob introduced me to electronic music in 9th grade, specifically Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Underworld. Then I heard Hella and Dillinger Escape Plan around 2000/2001. I I guess when you mash all that together the music of Tera Melos comes out. I never wanted to play in a band that sounded like anyone else, it was always important for me to attempt create something completely different and unique.Read more
Hybrid descriptions of music are often a lazy way to avoid digging deep into a band’s musical qualities and, as often, inaccurate. But to call the music of Tera MelosPunk/Prog/Math/Metal/Ambient/Noise is necessary to cover all the ingredients of the band’s cut and paste style. What makes this ADD pastiche work where others fail is the depth of Nick Reinhart’s technique. His seemingly limitless command over both his guitar and the array of pedals at his feet, combined with the bloodletting energy he brings to the stage, make every musical digression compelling. I first met the man described as “Nels Cline’s younger punk rock brother” at the Earthquaker booth at NAMM, improvising up a storm, and finally got him to talk to Guitar Moderne.
What kind of music were you playing when you first became proficient on the instrument?
I was playing punk music when I became “proficient.” I realized the music I was playing/writing was getting more complex and the band I was playing in was confused about the stuff I was bringing to practice—things like 7th chords and alternate time signatures. Eventually the punk band fizzled out and Tera Melos was born.Read more
An experimental record in which every sound is made with a guitar, Scary Sounds II includes some chilling ambient tracks alongside bloopy and crunchy electric sounds that will make you feel like you’re being spun around inside a washing machine or inside a tweaker’s brain. Every sound is unsettling—it’s clear that the record’s been constructed very deliberately to build an ever-shifting eerie atmosphere so that you’ll want to get the hell away from wherever you are in favor of somewhere a little more well-lit. Reinhart used to work the seasonal shift at Party City, so this one’s got the spirits’ seal of approval
Tera Melos’ first album has been re-issued by Sargent House for the first time in the original cd artwork color Pink. The vinyl is translucent pink and comes with a download card. This is a limited run of just 1k pieces.
It is now available for pre-order on its own or as a t-shirt bundle with your choice of Chainsaw men shirt in Black or White at the TERA MELOS STORE.
The vinyl is expected to arrive at some point while Tera Melos are on tour so it will be shipped to meet them and will then be for sale at shows too. SEE ALL TERA MELOS SHOW DATES HERE
TERA MELOS are on tour now - see all details here
We are back with the second instalment in our Tera Melos chronicles. If you haven’t read it yet, check out Part 1 of this interview, where we discussed pedal collections.
Initially before chatting with the guys, we had thought that it would be interesting to discuss the seemingly surfy, garage-y turn that the band’s more recent song-writing had taken. Even a quick listen to X’ed Out in comparison with their earlier albums will reveal an album that seems less complex, maybe a little bit more ‘California’, and perhaps a little more accessible in its own way. That said, X’ed Out undoubtedly retains more than enough complexity to leave the listener engrossed after repeated listens. It’s just that there are, for example, definable choruses, verses or hooks, rather than the more scrambled spaghetti-like forms of from previous records. Despite all this, when we actually started talking about their influences, it became obvious that a concept as banally-titled as “surf rock” was far too simplistic to describe their process and progression as writers…
What better way to celebrate finishing up a great tour with Pinback than to announce more tour dates? Tera Melos have done just that - they will be joining Circa Survive and Title Fight for a few additional shows in November after their own headline shows which includes a very special Halloween in Houston show with their old “Complex full of Phantoms“ split mates By The End Of Tonight. And Thanks to Cam McCluskey for your fine MS Paint rendition of the band above.
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TERA MELOS LIVE 2014
Oct 28 Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
Oct 29 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Oct 31 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds w/ By The End Of Tonight
Nov 01 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Nov 02 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Nov 05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
Nov 06 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore *
Nov 08 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (early show)
Nov 09 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Nov 10 Hamden, CT @ The Space
Nov 11 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre *
Nov 14 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom*
Nov 15 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom *
Nov 16 Columbus, OH @ Strongwater
Nov 17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
Nov 20 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre*
Nov 21 Murray, UT @ Murray Theater*
Nov 23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market*
Nov 24 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
Nov 25 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom*
Nov 26 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater*
* w/ Circa Survive & Title Fight