Depeche Mode, CHVRCHES, Tera Melos, Wire, Black Angels, and more w/the Quickness

A group of quick, cursory reviews and mentions of some songs and albums that I wanted to talk about for the past week, but didn’t get a chance to. So, they have wound up in this video.


Tera Melos- “So Occult / Kelly”

When combined, the two opening tracks on Tera Melos’ 2010 album Patagonian Rats make for one of the more pop-sensible and instantly likable moments in their discography. In this video, the stage-setting “So Occult” serves as the soundtrack for the introduction, which features a masked skateboarder bearing an upside-down cross on his shirt. Soon after he falls, the intro ends and “Kelly” begins, and things only get weirder from there.

Tera Melos’ sound on “Kelly” is so expansive and anthemic that it manages to make a masked dude in a robe smashing soda cans with a baseball bat seem incredibly meaningful and important. They probably could have put whatever they wanted in this video and it would still look awesome.

Patagonian Rats is out now on Sargent House. Download it on the band’s bandcamp page for $5.

Watch a review of Patagonian Rats here.

Tera Melos- “Echo On The Hills Of Knebworth”

California rock trio Tera Melos has released a 51-minute skull-craker titled “Echo On The Hills Of Knebworth.” The piece is completely improvised, and was left over from the studio sessions of Patagonian Rats. Stream the entire thing above.

The band has released the track in hopes the funds raised from it will support them on their forthcoming tour through the UK and Ireland. If you’ve loved this band’s stuff in the past, now is the time to come out and support ‘em.

Click here to watch a review of last year’s Tera Melos release, Patagonian Rats.