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. 

Keith McMillen Instruments Interview with Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos, Bygones, and Big Walnuts Yonder 

Nick Reinhart is a guitarist and effects wizard who plays in the genre-defying band Tera Melos, the equally frenetic duo Bygones with Zach Hill, the super-group Big Walnuts Yonder with Mike Watt, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier, and contributed to the Jenny Death half of Death Grips’ album The Powers That B.  I caught up with Nick to talk about the electronic music inspiration for his sound, his process with effects pedals, the inception of Big Walnuts Yonder, The Simpsons universe, and the reality-challenging aesthetic of Windy City Heat.

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The Adventures of Pete & Pete Podcast feat. Tera Melos 

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Episode Fifteen – “Number Ones & Number Twos LIVE” w/Tera Melos

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For the final leg of our Fall 2014 mini-tour the guys hit The Space in Hamden, CT for a very candid discussion about… well… pee & poop! Other talking points include band life on the road, baby skunks, Ween and of course, Mike’s continued hatred of brands! Our guests for this episode are the masters of rock themselves, Tera Melos! So grab a bottle of Pepto, a roll of your softest TP and join us for this LIVE episode!

Nick Reinhart Interview - Carlculation Infinity 

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Nick Reinhart Interview

Guitar and effects professor Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos, Bygones and Big Walnuts Yonder and a personal favourite musician of mine. Nick is one of those guitarists whose sound is instantly recognisable, continuously innovative and always progressing and venturing into unexplored territories.

Here’s my interview with Nick.

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What inspired you to become a musician? What artists/bands/musicians or albums inspired or made an impact on the musical direction and approach you’ve taken with your instrument? And In terms of musical development what were the steps or process that you had to take in order to play the music that you are creating?

I got a guitar when I was eleven years old and it was a mind blowing thing for me. To be able to create music in your own hands was a really neat concept. Nirvana really spoke to me at that age. Seeing Sonic Youth swinging their guitars around and manipulating effects at lollapalooza when I was 12 had a big impact on me. I was into mostly punk in my teens until my friend Bob introduced me to electronic music in 9th grade, specifically Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Underworld. Then I heard Hella and Dillinger Escape Plan around 2000/2001. I I guess when you mash all that together the music of Tera Melos comes out. I never wanted to play in a band that sounded like anyone else, it was always important for me to attempt create something completely different and unique.

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Spotlight: Nick Reinhart | guitar moderne 

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Hybrid descriptions of music are often a lazy way to avoid digging deep into a band’s musical qualities and, as often, inaccurate. But to call the music of Tera MelosPunk/Prog/Math/Metal/Ambient/Noise is necessary to cover all the ingredients of the band’s cut and paste style. What makes this ADD pastiche work where others fail is the depth of Nick Reinhart’s technique. His seemingly limitless command over both his guitar and the array of pedals at his feet, combined with the bloodletting energy he brings to the stage, make every musical digression compelling. I first met the man described as “Nels Cline’s younger punk rock brother” at the Earthquaker booth at NAMM, improvising up a storm, and finally got him to talk to Guitar Moderne.

What kind of music were you playing when you first became proficient on the instrument?

I was playing punk music when I became “proficient.” I realized the music I was playing/writing was getting more complex and the band I was playing in was confused about the stuff I was bringing to practice—things like 7th chords and alternate time signatures. Eventually the punk band fizzled out and Tera Melos was born.

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Happy Halloween - Scary Sounds II Is here 

In case you didn’t get enough last year, Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos (also of seasonal records satan’s power, satan’s power II) is back with another installment of spooky noises.

An experimental record in which every sound is made with a guitar, Scary Sounds II includes some chilling ambient tracks alongside bloopy and crunchy electric sounds that will make you feel like you’re being spun around inside a washing machine or inside a tweaker’s brain. Every sound is unsettling—it’s clear that the record’s been constructed very deliberately to build an ever-shifting eerie atmosphere so that you’ll want to get the hell away from wherever you are in favor of somewhere a little more well-lit. Reinhart used to work the seasonal shift at Party City, so this one’s got the spirits’ seal of approval

You can stream Scary Sounds II here, or buy it now for $6.66 to frighten the ornery kids off your lawn.


You can also see TERA MELOS live on tour now SEE ALL DATES HERE.