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Melding the aggression of punk with the technical intricacies of prog rock, Tera Melos use jerky shifts in time signatures and disjointed guitar noodling bearing a close resemblance to Don Caballero and Hella. Like their counterparts in complicated rock, finger-tapped guitar parts are the centerpiece, complemented by angular bass riffs and splintered spazz-jazz drumming, but contrasting dynamics are a bigger focus of the band's songs, with ambient electronics and sparse vocal lines occasionally incorporated into the interludes to offset some of the more convoluted and noisier sections. Following stints in hardcore projects No Regard, Hoods, and Stabbed in the Throat, guitarist Nick Reinhart, drummer Jeff Worms, and bassist Nate Latona started Tera Melos in 2004. Months after forming, they started playing shows, making an immediate impact on the Sacramento live circuit with chaotic live performances that demonstrated their ability to play while doing cartwheels, guitar stands, and amp flips. Their first album, Tera Melos, was self-released in 2005. Heavy touring followed and, exhausted by life on the road, Worms left the band to settle down shortly after recording the Drugs to the Dear Youth EP. Vince Rogers came in as a replacement drummer, touring continued, and the band found solace in the roster of Sargent House, home of similar-minded artists These Arms Are Snakes and Maps & Atlases. Drugs to the Dear Youth was re-released on CD that year, and a five-song split with By the End of Tonight followed, alongside extensive U.S. touring with Heavy Heavy Low Low and the Fall of Troy. Drummer John Clardy replaced Rogers before the arrival of their 2010 album, Patagonian Rats. The band's next record, X'ed Out, took a more direct approach and was released on Sargent House in 2013.
Tera Melos is a band from Sacramento, California, that incorporates many styles of rock, jazz, ambient electronics and unconventional song structure. They are currently a three-piece (formerly four), consisting of guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Nick Reinhart, bassist Nathan Latona, and drummer John Clardy. Tera Melos play a brand of music characterized by quickly alternating rhythmic patterns, start-stop dynamics, improvisation, two-handed tapping on the guitar, extended open-ended bridges, and the use of effect pedals and samplers. Though the band has typically eschewed the label of math rock, they are considered recent innovators of the genre."Math Rock For Dummies: Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart Explains |". Flabmag.com. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "Genre Report: Norcal Math Rock". Sputnikmusic. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
ContentsHistory1.1 Early years1.2 New lineup and Patagonian Rats1.3 X'ed Out
The band formed in 2004 after the breakup of Nick Reinhart and Nathan Latona's former band No Regard. Jeff Worms and Vince Rogers joined shortly thereafter. Tera Melos rehearsed for nearly a full year before choosing to debut live. The band had initially intended to recruit a vocalist but did not settle on one and chose to carry on as an instrumental band for the next several years. After releasing a four-song demo, their untitled debut full-length was released on October 4, 2005. The album comprises eight tracks, and was re-issued in 2010 on Sargent House. While some of the tracks on the album feature distorted vocals that are somewhat undecipherable, guitarist Nick Reinhart started contributing more prominent vocals to the music with the release of their 2007 split with By the End of Tonight, called Complex Full of Phantoms. The album was named One of the most overlooked albums of 2005 by AP magazine.
Right before they started recording their second EP Drugs to the Dear Youth, one of the guitarists, Jeff Worms, left the band. On January 19, 2007, Tera Melos released the EP on Sargent House. ‘Drugs’ for short, was a step away from the previous sound they had before and farther into more progressive and original regions. They then embarked on their first national tour.
Later in the year, the band contributed five songs to a split EP with the Houston, Texas band By the End of Tonight. Released on Temporary Residence Limited, Complex Full of Phantoms was the first release to feature prominent vocals in Tera Melos songs. Tours with By the End of Tonight and Facing New York followed.
§New lineup and Patagonian Rats
Tera Melos announced on their Myspace page on April 2, 2008, that drummer Vince would be leaving the band to pursue other things after their spring tour. He now performs solo drum act, with a sequencer, under the name The Blank Reference. He is also a member of Marnie Stern's band. The band began searching for a new drummer and after 6 months, announced the addition of John Clardy as their new drummer. Prior to Vince's departure, the band had been planning a long-awaited LP release after touring; however, plans for a full-length were delayed. In the meantime they ended up releasing an EP of covers, featuring songs by The Beach Boys and Polaris, entitled Idioms, Vol. I.
The band resumed live activity again in January 2009 and toured with the likes of RX Bandits, These Arms are Snakes, and Melt Banana in addition to headlining tours of their own.
Tera Melos have developed a cult-like fan base around the United States and have recently gained some popularity in Europe, Asia, and South America; in September 2009 the Drugs to the Dear Youth EP and Tera Melos songs from the Complex Full of Phantoms split were combined into the release Drugs/Complex on Parabolica Records in Japan. October 2009 the band did an 8-date headlining tour of Japan, and were subsequently featured in the DVD Parabolica Jam '09.
On November 7, 2009, Tera Melos confirmed a new album due out in 2010 in a Myspace bulletin. The post stated that the band was set to begin recording the next day, November 8. The new album, titled Patagonian Rats, was released on September 7, 2010. The band toured extensively throughout North America and Europe in support of the record. Playing with bands such as Maps & Atlases and Marnie Stern.
The band embarked on a short west-coast tour with the recently reunited Firehose in April 2012.
On January 17, 2013, along with the release of a new song "Tropic Lame," Tera Melos announced their new LP X'ed Out, which was released by Sargent House on April 16. Tracks from the album "Sunburn" and "Bite" were later released. The band once again toured extensively in Europe, as well as a tour with Sargent House label-mates TTNG in the United States.
The band supported Minus the Bear on their West Coast dates. They have also since done extensive touring in 2014 traveling with Dillinger Escape Plan, and then again with Pinback."Blog Archive » Interview with Tera Melos – Podcast 16". Sound Scene Revolution. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2013-05-03. Cite error: The named reference Sputnik_music was invoked but never defined (see the help page). SK; Ueshima, Yumi (October 2009) , "Tera Melos Beadily #05", The Ray 005: 10–11 "LITE official website". Lite-web.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "What Album Haha What? By Tera Melos On Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "Tera Melos: Tour Dates with Reunited fIREHOSE on JamBase". Jambase.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "Hear And Download...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "April 16th". Facebook. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-05-03.