Tera Melos share video for ‘Trash Generator’, tour w/ Speedy Ortiz supporting this Fall

Tera Melos share video for ‘Trash Generator’, tour w/ Speedy Ortiz supporting this Fall

Tera Melos share video for “Trash Generator”

Tour in Fall w/ Speedy Ortiz supporting

Watch & Share “Trash Generator” video below

Hear “Don’t Say I Know” single (NPR

“A refreshing step forward for Tera Melos.” – NPR


Tera Melos share the video for the title track to their forthcoming third album Trash Generator today. Watch and share “Trash Generator” — directed by Behn Fannin, of “Bitchy RestingFace” viral video fame — via YouTube.

NPR recently premiered lead single “Don’t Say I Know” HERE.

Tera Melos launch an extensive North American headlining tour with Speedy Ortiz supporting in October. Please see current dates below.


Trash Generator, the trio’s third full length, is an astonishing blast of confidence and rejuvenation. It sounds as if the 4-year downtime since their last album has recharged the band with an entirely new sense of purpose. The performances are brilliant and sharp, the songs concise yet intricately detailed, and the album production deftly captures the band’s strength as a live unit. Their dalliances with mellower psychedelic phrases on their previous two albums, X’ed Out (2013) and Patagonian Rats (2010) are significantly trimmed and instead utilized as colorations within a swirling maelstrom of righteous aggro punk-jazz abandon. As such, it sounds like Tera Melos has fully metabolized their pop tendencies and found a way they can coexist with the band’s iconoclast origins. Tera Melos — guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart, bassist Nathan Latona and drummer John Clardy — have learned to stop worrying and just be Tera Melos.

Perhaps to understand Trash Generator, we must look at the situations leading up to it…

“We toured consistently for 19 months after X’ed Out was released in 2013,” Latona explains. “We did two full US headliners, four full US support tours, a Japanese tour, a month in Europe, and a run of shows in the UK and Ireland. When we finished, we were pretty exhausted and frustrated.” It had seemed that after all of that work, not much had changed for the band. Tera Melos took a short holiday break, which eventually turned into two years as each of them pursued other interests. “I found myself at ease with the idea of not worrying about ticket sales, strategic tours, units moved, likes, clicks, views, and the short-fused moodiness of living in a van with two other people,” Latona says. In that downtime, Reinhart remained active in multiple endeavors: contributing guitar to Death GripsThe Powers That B and Bottomless Pit albums + the I.L.Y.’s (Zach Hill and Andy Morin‘s other band), Big Walnuts Yonder (with Mike Watt, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier), Goblin Cock, Portugal.the man and many others. Latona completed a college degree he’d put off for 11 years. Clardy became and integral faculty member at the School of Rock in Dallas/Ft. Worth, inspiring young musicians with his real-world approach to learning music.

For every touring band there’s a subtle pressure — from fans, industry, promoters, family — that the band is supposed to be on a constantly rising trajectory of success. Regardless of the group’s own potentially esoteric goals, if you’re not reaching for the “next level” at every turn, you’re supposedly not doing it right. Tera Melos thought long and hard about it, and said, “fuck it.”

“Wth this record it was 100% let’s not concern ourselves with what we should be doing at this point in the band’s lifespan, and just fully focus on what makes us happy,” Reinhart says. “Making a new record seemed like a fun act of defiance,” Latona adds. “The odds are against bands like us, but despite all the negativity involved in trying to struggle and survive as an artist, we made Trash Generator because we just wanted to get together, have some fun, and make something that we think is cool.”

The trio decamped to San Diego in late 2016 to record at Singing Serpent Studios with Ben Moore (Hot Snakes, Pinback). It was their first time recording in a continuous block of time, rather than the piecemeal stealth late night sessions at friends’ studios of previous efforts. It gave the band a razor-sharp focus atop of their beholden-to-none attitude. “We stayed in a spare place at Rob Crow‘s house which had a barracks kind of feel to it,” Clardy explains. “We’d come home exhausted each day and fall asleep within an hour. It was very spartan when away from the studio.” That mindset clearly informs the direct, in-your-face energy of Trash Generator.

Trash Generator will be available everywhere August 25th, 2017 on LP, CD, click, like and download via Sargent House. Pre-orders for LP/CD via HelloMerch and download via iTunes.



Oct 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Oct 14 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Holocene

Oct 17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Oct 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Oct 20 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

Oct 21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

Oct 24 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Oct 25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

Oct 27 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck

Oct 29 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

Oct 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Nov 01 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom Outer Space

Nov 02 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA

Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore

Nov 04 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Nov 05 Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

Nov 07 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Nov 08 Talahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU)

Nov 09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory

Nov 10 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

Nov 11 Houston, TX @ Secret Group

Nov 13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links

Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

Nov 17 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill


Artist: Tera Melos

Album: Trash Generator

Record Label: Sargent House

Release date: August 25th, 2017

01. System Preferences

02. Your Friends

03. trash Generator

04. Warpless Run

05. Dyer Ln

06. GR30A11

07. Men’s Shirt

08. Don’t Say I Know

09. A Universal Gonk

10. Like a Dewclaw

11. Drawing

12. Super FX

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