May 1, 2009
Hello dear programming friends, Andy Gesner and the HIP staff here, and we are very excited to bring you this brand new reel of videos from one of our favorite labels, Sargent House! They have scanned the map to find the best of the best and have always been on the forefront of breaking new bands, and it only seemed appropriate that we send you this six video reel to showcase all of the new talent! Tera Melos, one of their exciting new releases, fall somewhere between punk and math rock..
Open your arms, ears and eyes to Tera Melos, an underground three piece sensation out of Roseville, California. Since their formation in 2004, the band has been gaining popularity under the radar with a strong DIY ethic, accessing a feverous and dedicated fan base across the United States, and Internationally. With Cult status in the ‘math’ rock genre a tag the band can’t stand and to which they simply refer to themselves as a ‘punk’ band. Tera Melos. Described by Sonic Frontiers for All Music Guide as “Sometimes beautiful, spacey and melodic, at others spastic and intricate, these guys flat out rock. With a description that reads “A fusion of jazz and ambient techno with hardcore punk, Tera Melos is a head on collision of Cap’N Jazz with the aggressiveness of Black Flag”
Tera Melos have seen nothing but a growing success, touring non stop with bands as diverse as These Arms Are Snakes, Portugal The Man, RX Bandits, The Fall of Troy, Tera Melos is now headlining their own US tour playing with bands like Marnie Stern, Cinemechanica and Native.
Beginning humbly as a purely instrumental effort, Tera Melos has increasingly stirred in vocals with each new album, and most recently attacked a collection of covers including songs by The Beach Boys, The Clash, Weezer, The Pixies and Polaris, who many of you may fondly remember as the creators of that unforgettable and partially indecipherable theme song to Nickelodeon’s “Pete and Pete”. “Hey Sandy”, the fifth and final track on Idioms, Vol. 1, is a chewed up and reformed up-tempo cover of the original track, ripe with heavy distortion, which also includes a brief stint into The Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows” before circling round to completion. In their latest video, Tera Melos has indulged audiences everywhere with a healthy dose of warped nostalgia by emulating the entire introduction sequence to the classic television series, from Mom’s plate to little Pete’s tattoo, newly dubbed “Puhtunia”. The sequence breaks for the bridge, where we observe three large, cardboard Brian Wilson heads atop disproportionate robed bodies enjoying some quality time throwing a Frisbee and playing in the sand on the beach before a triumphant return to the Polaris cover and the remainder of the pseudo-cast. All of this sits perfectly in line with Tera Melos’ prior productions, adding yet another delightfully tainted, miniature masterpiece to their collection. To quote the Seattle Stranger review of their video “”Great idea, perfect execution. Tera Melos is very smart.”
It is always a pleasure to be working with Cathy Pellow, Marc Jetton and Sargent House Records to promote this unique video. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779 or e-mail us at [email protected]. You can also visit www.SargentHouse.com or to find out more about Tera Melos.
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