ArcTangent Podcast Interview with John Clardy & August in EU
Tera Melos will head over to play this years ArcTangent Festival in Bristol, UK along with 5 other Sargent House bands on the weekend of August 28-30th. But before that all starts they will play the Sargent House Label show in Dublin on August 27th at Button Factory with Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets & No Spill Blood. (Get Early Bird Tickets ASAP Here)
John sat down to talk to ATG to answer questions from the host and from fans - you can hear the whole podcast below :
Tera Melos announce Fall tour with Pinback
We are delighted to announce that Tera Melos will be joining Pinback on their 10-year anniversary & special re-issue of their album “Summer In Abaddon" tour where Pinback will be performing that excellent album in full. The Tour starts September 3rd and tickets go on sale Friday, June 20th.
Tera Melos are currently touring it up in Japan with friends LITE.
In August the band will head over to Europe to play ArcTangent Festival in Bristol, UK and the Sargent House Label Show in Dublin.
SEE ALL TERA MELOS TOUR DATES & DETAILS HERE
TERA MELOS LIVE 2014
08/27 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory (Sargent House Show)
08/29 Bristol, UK @ ArcTangent Festival
09/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
09/05 Dallas, TX @ Trees *
09/06 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
09/08 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
09/09 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
09/10 Charlotte, NC @ The Chop Shop NoDa *
09/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
09/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
09/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
09/15 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
09/16 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works *
09/17 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner *
09/18 Akron, OH @ Musica *
09/19 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
09/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
09/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
09/23 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
09/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
09/25 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
09/27 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial *
09/28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox *
09/29 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
10/02 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club *
10/03 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
10/04 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
* w/ Pinback
Tera Melos add more JAPAN 2014 shows
JAPAN! Good news, we just added more Tera Melos shows there. But first they play two more shows in the USA
SACRAMENTO - May 23rd at Witch Room
FRESNO - May 24th at Nick Fest
SEE ALL TERA MELOS SHOW DETAILS HERE
TERA MELOS - JAPAN 2014
June 13 - Osaka at SHANGRI-LA w/ LITE
June 14 - Nagoya at TOKUZO w/LITE
June 15 - Kagawa at DIME w/ ARART
June 16 - Kyoto at GROWLY w/WOZNIAK / LOW-PASS /
June 17 - Hiroshima at 4.14 w/Sawagi / and TBA
June 19 - Tokyo at O-NEST w/Avengers in Sci-Fi
June 20 - Tokyo at LIQUIDROOM w/LITE
Some shows are more fantastically memorable than others, not only for the paying customers, but also for those on-stage. This explains why John Clardy of Tera Melos is noticeably excited about the prospect of returning to Vancouver.
On the more far-flung side of things, Clardy and his bandmates—guitarist-keyboardist-vocalist Nick Reinhart and bassist Nathan Latona—have also made swings through locales like South Korea, Japan, and China. And the exotic stamps in the timekeeper’s passport don’t stop there; this past winter Tera Melos found itself on the road in Mother Russia.
It probably says something, then, that as much as his overseas jaunts have left Clardy with some great memories, few nights in his professional life have topped the last time he played Vancouver. Fire up the Interweb and punch in “Tera Melos + Media Club + YouTube” and you’ll get a pretty good sense that the show, at the tail end of 2013, was a good one; clips have crowd members paying complete attention as Reinhart and Latona work a gearhead’s dream collection of effects pedals.
Fecking Pedals in Bahamas
For anyone who’s seen Tera Melos live, there are a few things that are immediately apparent. One of them is Nick Reinhart’s extreme fluency with his pedal board. There are moments where you even question whether he’s playing a guitar through pedals, or whether he’s playing pedals through a guitar. One memorable instance (among many) of these moments is when he’ll throw in some wacky lines at the end of ‘Trident Tail’, from their Patagonian Rats album. After a while you get the feeling that most spaces could be filled with some wacky crazy improvisation. And when you look to the crowd you see nothing but grinning faces, brimming with some kind of “who is this crazy genius?” expression.
Vancouver Weekly Interview
On April 16, 2013, Sacramento-based rock band Tera Melos released X’ed Out, their most commercially accessible and musically innovative album yet. Four days later, the band hit the Media Club in downtown Vancouver in support of their fourth album.
“That was probably one of the best shows of the tour last time,” said guitarist, vocalist, and main composer Nick Reinhart in an interview recently. “That show ended up being crazy.”
After a year of touring the world, playing with bands like Minus the Bear and promoting their album, Tera Melos is returning to the Media Club on May 16, ready to close the book on X’ed Out the same way it began.
“In my head, I thought of it as being six months ago. It was only recently that I realized that was already a year ago, which is pretty crazy.”
Tera Melos’ music is difficult to describe, even by the band members themselves. It’s got the energy of punk rock, the complexity of jazz, and the warm glow of a California beach, all beaten together with a railroad spike. In conversation, Reinhart is all beach, speaking with a sort of chilled out Californian timbre that belies the band’s raw stitch-work of sunny pop and grinding metal.
His innovative guitar work is a heavily manipulated soundscape of beeps, whirrs, dives, and swells, and he commands a sizeable pedal board that is slowly taking on a kind of Noah’s Ark approach to pedal acquisition.
Nick Reinhart discusses the “Reinhart” Dwarfcraft Pedal
Tera Melos guitarist, Nick Reinhart, is a very busy guy. He seems to either be touring, recording or doing musical clinics but one thing for sure…if I ask Nick to appear on PedalsAndEffects, he comes through for me. We have a huge mutual respect for each other and I think Nick is quite possibly the most innovative sound manipulating guitarist out there. His approach to his instrument is so unique, it makes me look forward to each project he does with great anticipation.
Put Nick in a Room with Ben Hinz from Dwarfcraft and you get two geniuses, colliding on some wild new pedal that creates futuristic sounds. These two dudes were made to hang out with each other and I think what Ben has come up with for Nick is insane!
Brooklyn Vegan premiere of “Slimed” video
Melodic math rockers Tera Melos released their solid X’ed Out album last year via Sargent House, and just gave one of its tracks, “Slimed,” video treatment. The video follows a couple of costumed guys with a shitty acoustic guitar from the shower to the swimming pool, and shows all their antics (including playing with a dolphin fountain) along the way. The video premieres in this post above. Directed by Nick Reinhart from the band.
As briefly mentioned, Tera Melos are also touring with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Vattnet Viskar this year, which is a pretty great triple bill. The tour doesn’t hit NYC, but it will be nearby for shows at Amityville, NY’s Revolution Bar & Music on 5/9 (tickets) and Hartford, CT’s Webster Theater on 5/10 (tickets).
Tera Melos — 2014 Tour Dates
04/27 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live *
04/28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
04/29 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
05/01 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *
05/02 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
05/03 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
05/04 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory *
05/05 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cafe And Bar *
05/06 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
05/07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
05/08 - Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel *
05/09 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music *
05/10 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre *
05/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
05/12 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
05/13 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/23 - Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room
05/24 - Fresno, CA @ Golden Parking Lot
06/13 - Osaka, Japan @ Shangri-La^
06/13 - Nagoya, Japan @ Tokuzo^
06/20 - Tokyo, Japan @ Liquidroom^
* w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Vattnet Viskar
^ - w/ LITE
Tera Melos return to JAPAN - June 2014
The last time Tera Melos toured Japan it was back in October of 2010 with LITE and Mike Watt & the Missing Men. (Photo above) We are delighted to announce that Tera Melos will return to Japan for 3 special shows joining LITE once again in June.
TERA MELOS & LITE - 2014
June 13 - Osaka, SHANGRI-LA
June 14 - Nagoya, TOKUZO
June 20 - Tokyo, LIQUIDROOM
Japan tour news here
SEE ALL TERA MELOS SHOWS HERE
Check out this live clip below of Tera Melos from 2009 sold out show in Tokyo
Tera Melos start tour on April 27th with Dillinger Escape Plan
Tera Melos start their tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Vattnet Viskar on April 27th through May 10th. They have also added a bunch of their own shows starting May 11th. Heck, we might even still add a few more soon.. .
Click HERE See all Tera Melos Shows and updates
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN // TERA MELOS // VATTNET VISKAR
Apr 27, 2014 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
Apr 28, 2014 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Apr 29, 2014 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
May 1, 2014 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
May 2, 2014 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
May 3, 2014 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
May 4, 2014 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
May 5, 2014 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cafe And Bar
May 6, 2014 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
May 7, 2014 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 9, 2014 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music
May 10, 2014 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 11, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
May 12, 2014 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
May 13, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
May 16, 2014 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
May 17, 2014 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
May 23, 2014 - Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room
May 24, 2014 - Fresno, CA @ Golden Parking Lot
now that is some serious fan appreciation for Tera Melos
Nailed Live Review: Tera Melos in Berlin
Under a bridge is a fitting place to encounter the dizzying rock experimentation that is Sacramento’s Tera Melos on their European tour. For one, they don’t resemble any facets of Berlin’s popular electro night life, and therefore are confined to play at a wayward perch under the metro line. And second, the venue, Marie Antoinette, with its windowed view of the Spree River epitomizes the many post Berlin Wall businesses being displaced by corporate real estate, in which Tera Melos is in good company. They too are too weird to live, and too rare to die.
Melos’ Norcal upbringing was unalterably shaped by the sound of other Sacto band Hella, although it is of little importance which outfit came first. With a moniker in Latin that means “thousand melodies,” Melos’ jangly toggling of mathy leads and frenetic, fill-heavy rhythm made them easily classified as Norcal Math Rock. Yet this cubicle of designation, formed from the aforementioned Hella’s popularity, was too small to encapsulate Melos’ current sound of progressive pedal electronics and palatable indie touches.
Croatian Tour Stories…. the video
The Skinny UK Live Review: Liverpool - February 3, 2014
11.30pm: we are exhausted. And it’s not just due to the lateness of the hour – Tera Melos’ synapse-tangling assault is both brutal and complex, pulverising all thoughts with serrated rhythms and gut-trembling volume. Nick Reinhart’s guitar loops and distorted effects fracture our understanding of what’s going on even as drummer John Clardy pounds our eardrums into mulch. It’s only now, immediately after the nerve-fraying waves of noise have finally subsided, that we begin to make sense of what just happened.