Tera Melos – X’ed Out (2013)
Tera Melos are an experimental rock band from California.
X’ed Out is their fourth album and I’ve listened to it a few times now, but I honestly still have no idea what to make of it!
As a band, they are like a sponge taking in all different genres; the two most prominent are math rock and noise. New Chlorine sounds like it could be Sonic Youth, while Slimed sounds similar to Ruins. There are other influences as well, Sunburn begins with an almost Barbara Ann vocal riff, and indeed has a fairly surf style throughout.
I think if you had an interest in experimental rock, Tera Melos would be a great band to check out; really pushing some boundaries without being unlistenable. Math rock and noise are constant themes and it is done extremely well. As I said, I’ve listened to the album a number of times and am still trying to get my head around it; it may take a few more to fully appreciate X’ed Out, but I think I like it, and for now, that’s fine with me.
Favourite tracks: New Chlorine, Until Lufthansa, Slimed
Spotify link: Tera Melos – X’ed Out
Bancamp link: http://teramelos.bandcamp.com/album/xed-out
This Town Needs Guns – 18.104.22.168.0 (2013)
This Town Needs Guns are a band from the UK, formed in 2004 and here returning with their second album.
I didn’t really enjoy this album. The vocals are reminiscent at times of a band such as Coldplay or Travis and sometimes Paul Weller in The Jam, while the guitar is mostly jangly indie-rock; there are certainly some interesting turns in the guitars, with a seemingly strong jazz influence, especially in the way vocals and guitar interact on for example opening track, Cat Fantastic. There is also a lot of math-rock style riffs, which is more interesting to listen to than most indie rock/pop; however, I feel that overall I found the album a little boring.
Despite that, there are two tracks which I really did enjoy, Nice Riff Clichard is a complete departure from the rest of the album, forming a sort of dream-pop instrumental over trip-hop beats, which I found particularly engaging and would happily listen to a whole album of, though the track is tragically short; and +3 Awesomeness Repels Water, probably the most math-rock outing, which somehow elevates itself above the rest of the album.
Overall, this album isn’t for me, but I think a lot of people will like it, so perhaps give it a go.
Favourite tracks: Nice Riff Clichard, +3 Awesomeness Repels Water, Triptych
Bandcamp link: http://thistownneedsguns.bandcamp.com/
Spotify link: This Town Needs Guns – 22.214.171.124.0