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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Also Tonight: Tera Melos

posted by on January 17 at 13:19 PM


This is from a September, 2005 Tera Melos show review I wrote for the Bellingham magazine What’s Up!:

Tera Melos, hailing from Sacramento, Calif., was perhaps the best opening band I have ever seen at the 3B. Flailing and writhing on the floor, doing handstands off their guitars and onto their amps, and delivering some of the most intricate and creative spastic math rock I have witnessed live, they were easily the best band of the night-probably even the month. And they played first.

It was truly one of those performances I will never forget. One of the guitar players actually ran with his guitar over his head, used it to plant off the floor, spun around 180 degrees, wrapped his legs over the top of his amp, and continued paying guitar upside down like a kid hanging from monkey bars. Acrobatics aside, Tero Melos pull out some of the flashiest guitar work I’ve ever witnessed as well. Unfortunately, one of their guitar players left the band a year or two ago, which has had a bit of an impact on how crazy their sound can get. The remaining guitarist now does double duty with keyboards and guitar creating a wall of bizarre manipulated sound, so if you didn’t get to see them as a four piece you’d never really know that you were missing anything.

They play tonight at El Corazon, with Finch (who suck) and Sound the Alarm.

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These guys are from my hometown of Sacramento, Ca., where they have a huge cult following, much like the early years of Hella. If you haven't seen them, then you must go to this show. I guarentee you'll be satisfied. I also reccommend leaving after Tera Melos plays, because the rest of the show...well you know.....yeah exactly.

Posted by TJ | January 17, 2008 3:49 PM

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