STATE IE: New Noise - The Tera Melos Interview
“For me, our life has always been similar to a solar eclipse; it will all eventually line up but it’s really just a waiting game”…
Tera Melos’ X’ed Out has swiftly become a favorite since its release in April. From tracks like ‘New Chlorine’ to ‘Tropic Lame’, its gorgeous riffs, complex rhythms and sweet harmonies makes it a strong contender for album of the year. Maybe a bold statement but it is just so uplifting, complex and yet catchy. We were lucky enough to get a few words with frontman Nick Reinhart.
First of all heard it was your birthday this week so Happy Birthday from all at State.
X’ed Out (your follow up to Patagonian Rats) was released last month to exceptionally positive reviews everywhere. Congratulations. When you started writing X’ed Out, what were you hoping to achieve with this album? How do you feel Tera Melos’ sound has progressed since Patagonian Rats?
Full live set of Tera Melos from Los Angeles on May 23rd
SF Weekly Show Pick and Feature - Tera Melos at Bottom of the Hill May 25, 2013
For a while there, it didn’t look like the Sacramento trio Tera Melos was ever going to get serious about anything besides keeping its songs both technically proficient and structurally and semantically indecipherable. But then it found a way to shape up and cohere without sacrificing the core weirdness of its twitchy brand of anthem-prog. The proof is in its second full-length, X’ed Out, released last month, which is unexpectedly approachable and — for the record — really good. On hand to prime you for Tera Melos’s reverb-drenched and vaguely melancholic twist-and-crawl: the post-emo jangle of British labelmates TTNG (who went by This Town Needs Guns once, in happier times) and the weirdly soulful math-pop vibes of locals EV Kain. May 25th at Bottom of the Hill
Misadventures… Until Lufthansa….
Made Of Chalk Live Video 2 of 3 “Weird Circles”
Submerge Magazine: Cover story on Tera Melos Issue 136 out now
Click to read online at Submerge Magazine - Issue #136 or in hard copy out this week in Sacramento, CA.
Made of Chalk: Live Video of Tera Melos in Chicago Video 1 of 3 - Tropic Lame
Pitchfork Review of Tera Melos - X’ed Out
Sacramento trio Tera Melos traffic in genres that are often viewed as the opposite of punk, i.e., prog, math-rock, post-hardcore. But when done properly, these styles generate all of the enthusiasm of punk while turning its traditional logic about formal training on its head: What if your love of music inspires you to train to the point where you can accomplish anything you want? That’s what Tera Melos get at on their fourth album, X’ed Out, a super-collider of genres, riffs and mad rhythms thatis often thrilling, occasionally exhausting, and, unlike most chops-based music, never dull.
It wasn’t always this way. Their previous work was often chops for chops’-sake, impressive on a theoretical level, manifesting in songs as spazzed-out and inscrutable as their titles— “Guy vs D.C. Sniper,” “A Spoonful Of Slurry (is Good for What Ails You),” to name a few. While their instrumental capacities are still plenty baffling, Tera Melos appear to be relishing the opportunity to encounter new difficulties; whereas jamming a 7/4 riff against a 12/8 backbeat is a puzzle that can be solved with enough effort, the stuff X’ed Out goes for is sparked by the metaphysical— ingenuity and serendipity.
Fortunately, Tera Melos sound exhilarated by the potential of not having an idea of where these songs might end up. X’ed Out begins on a monotone, palm-muted riff that could’ve found itself on a Phoenix or Strokes record; in fact, when Nick Reinhart’s vaporous falsetto first enters, it sounds a great deal like “Tap Out” from Comedown Machine. A couple of clean guitar runs nestle their way into the mix, and all of a sudden, it’s more in the style of looping enthusiasts like Dustin Wong. And then… a circle-pit ready chorus in Sufjan Stevens’ favorite time signature?
EPITONIC: Interview with Tera Melos
Tera Melos is one of the few bands who could evolve from producing chaotic instrumentals to crafting pop songs with clever vocal hooks, and they have done so without sacrificing their unique approach. Epitonic talked with guitarist and vocalist Nick Reinhart to discuss their new album, X’ed Out (out now on Sargent House), their recent tours, and some more personal aspects of the band. Tera Melos are on tour now, and are playing Subterranean in Chicago tonight (4/26) with TTNG and My Dad. - SOLD OUT
It sounds like you’ve really tightened up your songwriting to be more pop-oriented on X’ed Out. Was there something that led to a change in how you compose your music?
I feel like the songs kind of existed already, maybe - this is kind of cheesy - but I feel like they kind of existed in the atmosphere almost, and instead of imposing ourselves into these songs, we were just kind of figuring out how they were supposed to sound. I see a bit of a difference between these two - what’s going to make these songs sound the best, versus maybe in the past we were more interested in self-indulgent ideas, like,
Rock A Rolla Magazine Album Review
New Video for “BITE” and Tour starts April 18th
Tera Melos have unleashed their first video from their album X’ed Out for the track “Bite”. Directed by ongoing partner in crime Behn Fannin. Tera Melos also head off today for their extensive US/ Canadian headline tour starting on April 18th with TTNG on all the shows as direct support. This poster for the 4/20 show rules too so we decided to post it - thanks to Stefan Tosheff for making it. - SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS HERE
TERA MELOS & TTNG TOUR 2013
Apr 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 19, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr 20, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
Apr 23, 2013 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Apr 24, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 7th Street Entry
Apr 25, 2013 - Appleton, WI @ Lawrence University (FREE)
Apr 26, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Apr 27, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater/The Magic Stick
Apr 28, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Apr 29, 2013 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Apr 30, 2013 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
May 1, 2013 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
May 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory - SOLD OUT
May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire - (early show) SOLD OUT
May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire - (late show) SOLD OUT
May 4, 2013 - Washington, DC @ DC9
May 5, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
May 7, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 8, 2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
May 9, 2013 - Miami, FL @ Bardot
May 10, 2013 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
May 11, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
May 13, 2013 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 15, 2013 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
May 16, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
May 17, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
May 18, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
May 19, 2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
May 20, 2013 - El Paso, TX @ Low Brow
May 21, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
May 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
May 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - (Less than 10 tix left)
May 24, 2013 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
May 25, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
May 26, 2013 - Fresno, CA @ Star Palace Ballroom
EXCLAIM! interview with Tera Melos
If the exuberantly iconoclastic genre-swirling protoplasmic goo of Tera Melos’ music finally seeps into the mainstream thanks to the smokescreen of accessibility disguising the multitudinous quirks of their latest album, X’ed Out, the “progressive” tag might regain its functionality as a positive descriptor in the annals of popular music. The ever-evolving three-piece still warp the building blocks of rock, jazz, punk, metal, ambient, IDM and pop to suit the ceaseless imagination of their unique musical instincts, but on their follow up to the peerless Patagonian Rats, Nick Reinhart, Nathan Latona and John Clardy give their compositions a little more space to breathe, which should help their decidedly progressive sound infiltrate a much wider audience.
Did you guys have any specific objectives when it came to recording X’ed Out?