In a music world where it seems that everything has been done, bands must find new ways to be original. They must explore new soundscapes, time signatures, and rhythmic patterns to create something that is truly different.
Enter Tera Melos.
Singer/guitarist Nick Reinhart and company have created a sound that is so different and unique that the terms “noise rock,” “art rock,” and “math rock” don’t quite describe them accurately.
Reinhart has a guitar sound that he attempts to describe in an article on a blog called Pedals And Effects. As a drummer, his description just sounds to me like the teacher from Peanuts talking, but I do understand a few elements of his playing. He uses an entry level guitar, and through a series of roughly seven billion pedals and some of the most technical and creative playing I have ever witnessed, he creates a guitar sound I have never heard before.
Tera Melos’ bassist, Nathan Latona, not only has incredible timing, but somehow manages to keep up with the strange sounds and keys Rienhart plays. With a blend of the occasional symphonic melody and harsh, distorted bassline, he is the perfect complement to the rest of the band.
Drummer John Clardy is just ridiculous. If you can manage to see his hands through the blur behind the drum kit, I commend you. When I first heard this band, I genuinely thought their idea of rhythm was to play as fast and loud as possible and sound like the drums are not in time while still keeping time. I’m not sure that makes sense, but listen to the music, and you’ll get it.
They toured twice this year already, and I reviewed their first LA show of the year at The Echo, which was awesome. They also recently supported Minus The Bear on a national tour and just stopped here.
Their third, and I’m assuming final, tour this year will stop at The Troubadour on November 15th. With supporting acts Fang Island and Zorch, it will definitely be a show to remember. Three great bands that not only put on great live shows but also feature unique sounds and incredible musicianship. Don’t miss this show!
Tera Melos Tour Dates:
Oct 15 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
Oct 17 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Oct 19 – Columbia, MO @ MOJO
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Oct 22 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Oct 23 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Oct 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct 26 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf *
Oct 27 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
Oct 28 – Hamden, CT @ The Space *
Oct 29 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
Oct 30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Oct 31 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Nov 01 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
Nov 02 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
Nov 03 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Nov 05 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
Nov 06 – Asheville, NC @ Isis Music Hall
Nov 07 – Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
Nov 08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Nov 09 – Broussard, LA @ The Station
Nov 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Nov 13 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Nov 14 – La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe Collective
Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Nov 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
Nov 20 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Nov 21 – Spokane, WA @ The Center
Nov 22 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Nov 23 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project Space
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