Tera Melos Announce 2017 US Tour 

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“Well, it has been a minute, several thousands of them actually. Figured it was time to dust off the ol’ Tera Melos machine and get back to it.” - Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos.

Chon has invited Tera Melos on to sound blast on their album release tour this summer. All show info can be found here.

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6/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
6/03 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
6/05 - portland, or @ hawthorne theatrE
6/06 - seattle, wa @ neumos
6/08 - salt lake city, ut @ the complex
6/09 - denver, co @ summit music hall
6/10 - lawrence, ks @granada theater
6/11 - chicago, il @ cobra lounge
6/13 - detroit, mi @ sAINt andrew’s hall
6/14 - toronto, on @ mod club
6/15 - cleveland, oh @ agora ballroom
6/16 - philadelphia, pa @ union transfer
6/17 - new york, ny @ webster hall
6/18 - boston, ma @ royale
6/20 - pittsburgh, pa @ rex theater
6/21 - baltimore, md @ baltimore soundstage
6/22 - carrboro, nc @ cat’s cradle
6/23 - atlanta, ga @ terminal west
6/24 - orlando, fl @ the beacham
6/25 - tampa, fl @ the orpheum
6/27 - dallas, tx @ gas monkey live!
6/28 - austin, tx @ emo’s austin

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Big Walnuts Yonder with Nick Reinhart announce self-titled album, release “Raise The Drawbridges?” via Consequence of Sound 

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This year has already seen its fair share of mighty supergroups, featuring various members of At The Drive-In, Melvins, Grandaddy, and Franz Ferdinand. Big Walnuts Yonder is a collection of similarly talented veteran musicians — Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) to be exact — but the chemistry and creative process behind the new outfit are decidedly of a different breed.

“It’s worlds colliding,” Watt explains of the four-piece, which draws in elements of “proto-punk, free jazz, power pop, experimental music, psych-rock and your first teenage acid trip all in one.” Big Walnuts Yonder’s beginnings date back to a 2008 conversation between Watt and Reinhart, but because of hectic, overlapping schedules, it hasn’t been easy to sit down and polish off an official album.

“We had planned it for so long,” recalls Saunier. “Then several years passed in which nothing occurred due to everyone’s schedules. It was 2-3 years of warm, leisurely prep time, then suddenly made in a panic with time and money on the line.” The resulting effort is the band’s self-titled debut, due out May 5th via Sargent House.

The LP was recorded in just three days over the summer of 2014 with the help of producer and former Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone engineering at his Studio G in Brooklyn. Its collects 10 songs, eight of which started as “song forms” on Watt’s bass, then later fleshed out and added to by other band members; Saunier and Cline each contributed one track of their own to the final product. “I’m pretty sure the other guys didn’t have parts set before going into the studio,” says Reinhart. “But it’s interesting how a lot of the songs began as Mike Watt basslines, and everyone was able to pull songs and melodies out of them.”

The whole thing seemed to materialize in a way that was spontaneous, but also quite focused — a “concentrated sort of freakout,” according to Saunier. “We basically had to invent a new band on the spot. And, people might have a stereotype of what each person does, but we all showed up to do what we’re prevented from doing in other groups.”

As a first look at Big Walnuts Yonder, the group has shared “Raise the Drawbridges”, a track that captures an instance of police brutality. “He [Watt] takes the voice of an officer acting too tough and provoking conflict,” Saunier explains, “and then comments on the transparency of the officer’s fear and the futility of this dynamic.” Stream it down below.

To accompany the song premiere, Consequence of Sound is happy to present an expansive interview with Saunier, Reinhart, and Cline, in which each talks at length about Big Walnut Yonder’s formation, the importance of each member’s contributions to the album, and the newly released lead single. (Note: All questions were submitted by our one and only News Editor Ben Kaye.)

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Nathan Latona // Pedals And Effects 

Happy new year! Another holiday gift to you from Pedals And Effects, are the final installments of our series with pedal enthusiast and bass player extraordinaire Nathan Latona.

In the fourth installment of our series with Nathan, we go over to the dirt and modulation side of his pedal board. Nathan’s rocking some of my favorite pedals like the BOSS PN-2 Tremolo/Pan and the Digitech PDS 50/50, it was really interesting to see how we have different approaches to the same pedal. Nick and Nathan also talk about their experience being approached by companies as well as other anecdotes from their long history playing together in Tera Melos. I love listening to these dudes talk!

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Nick Reinhart Combines The Melodic and Complex on Guitar Player Magazine 

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If you are wondering whence the next generation of Adrian Belews and Nels Clines will come, wonder no more. As is the case with Belew and Cline, effects are not an adjunct to Nick Reinhart’s playing but an integral part of it. Watching Reinhart dance on his pedals during a Tera Melos performance, you might be reminded of a classic hoofer tapping out complicated rhythms. But be careful, lest the choreography cause you to miss the high level of technical facility that lets him finger complex chords, whip through rapid atonal lines, and tap out figures and riffs on the fretboard—all while handling the lead singing chores.

“I’m really into combining cool sounds and complex ideas with melodic parts,” Reinhart says. “There can be crazy stuff happening with the guitar that perhaps only musically trained people might understand, but then I sneak in a melody that anybody would be able to follow.”

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Listen to a collaboration from Nick Reinhart and Lithuania’s Ricardo Lagomasino 

Tera Melos are a band that like to get weird and technical, but never to the point of say, writing a half hour song that pays no attention to verses, choruses, melody, or really anything resembling what most people call a “song.” But that’s just what Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart did on his new collaboration with Ricardo Lagomasino, who drums for Lithuania and DRGN KING. The duo is releasing a cassette called Test Meat on Seagreen Records (pre-order), and we’re premiering the 27-minute and 9-second first half. Listen below. That’s the cover art above, designed by Ricardo’s Lithuania bandmate Eric Slick (also of Dr. Dog).
If you like what you hear, or if you like other Seagreen releases like R. Stevie Moore, Thin Lips, Japanese Breakfast or Battle Ave, you can help the label out by picking up one of their fundraiser tee-shirts to raise money for future releases.

Stream (the first half of) TEST MEAT exclusively via Brooklyn Vegan HERE.