photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
ive been down on SACRAMENTO for more than twenty years now ever since i graduated from high school in the boring WHITE BREAD suburb of ROCKLIN in the early 2000s after being shipped there from KUWAIT to live with a relative shortly after 9/11. for years my opinion was that nothing CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT ever came from SACRAMENTO outside of DEFTONES and maybe CAKE. its been a rude awakening and an education these past few years to learn that not only did the area produce a great band before that (THE CRAMPS), but also that there was amazing talent in the surrounding area when i was there. namely bands like HELLA, DEATH GRIPS, CHELSEA WOLFE and TERA MELOS.
celebrated EXPERIMENTAL MATH ROCK / POST HARDCORE / INDIE ROCK / PUNK JAZZ / PROGRESSIVE ROCK band TERA MELOS is fronted by NICK REINHART, who in recent years has become almost a poster boy / wizard apprentice for all things guitar pedal related and the EXTREME SONIC TERRORISM potential therein. this partly due to this past work testing out new product on the PEDALS AND EFFECTS YOUTUBE channel with bassist friend JUAN ALDERATE (RACER X / MARS VOLTA / MARILYN MANSON) and also due to the wildly ECCENTRIC and abruptly juxtaposed SONIC LANDSCAPES that TERA MELOS has produced over four albums on SARGENT HOUSE. listening to his guitar playing makes me remember that there are no rules in music and to have FUN. virtually every-time i listen to their music im already thinking of new combinations to experiment with on my pedal board.
also, like everyone i wish nothing but a complete and speedy recovery to JUAN ALDERATE as his knowledge and passion for experimental sounds is absolutely inspiring and contagious. i wish nothing but the best for him and his time recuperating from his terrible accident. when he is ready to return, we will be there with him again. much love.