"Disheveled Cuss" Album Review // Post-Trash


Disheveled Cuss - "Disheveled Cuss" | Album Review
by Fritz Ortman on Post-Trash

Nick Reinhart is one of the only guitar heroes we have left. As innovation in guitar playing wanes and every possible niche of rock music gets its revival, Reinhart continues to be on the forefront of the art. His idiosyncratic playing style and full embrace of all that music technology can offer has made him a standout artist, even in the technically demanding genres that his music normally falls into. From his own excellent band Tera Melos, his collaborations with Mike Watt, Nels Cline, and Greg Saunier in Big Walnuts Yonder, to his arresting guitar work on Death Grips’ “Jenny Death,” Reinhart is one of the most inventive guitarists of his generation. 

Disheveled Cuss Debut Album Review on Pitchfork

Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart turns to grunge and power-pop, embracing the limitations of verse-chorus structure with some of his best songwriting to date.

Nick Reinhart does not write simple songs. The Los Angeles-based guitarist makes oblique math rock in his primary band Tera Melos, whittles experimental noise pop alongside Death Grips drummer Zach Hill in bygones, and dreams up bizarre prog parts in supergroups like Big Walnuts Yonder. After a 15-year career guided by a “Why not?” attitude, Reinhart has finally decided to give self-described “‘normal’ songs” a try with Disheveled Cuss, his new solo project for all things grunge and power pop. On his self-titled debut album, Reinhart uses the limitations of verse-chorus structure to condense his ambitions and rein in his trains of thought, establishing boundaries that help him scratch a pop itch with some of his best songwriting to date. 

Working on a Dream: An interview with Disheveled Cuss // Treble

...Disheveled Cuss’ self-titled debut was released earlier this month via Sargent House, an uncharacteristically pop-friendly set of grunge-inspired indie rock that’s comparatively straightforward when juxtaposed with Reinhart’s more complex work with Tera Melos. It’s a fun record, one that traffics in big rock anthems and pop choruses, with just enough intricate weirdness to draw a connection back to Reinhart’s other, sensory-overload-dealing band.

We spoke to Reinhart about his new album, the industry standstill, and the nostalgia trap.

Disheveled Cuss Review // Treble

Nick Reinhart can shred. As a member of Tera Melos, he’s helmed four full-length albums of complex, experimental indie rock prominently comprising intricate rhythms, effects-driven psychedelia, and a giddily rewarding path of most resistance. Their music is appealing because it’s overwhelming, not in spite of it. Listening to a band like Tera Melos provides a kind of rush that more conventional bands simply can’t. Of course, that’s not all Reinhart can do—it logically follows that if someone can make music that elaborate, they can certainly pull off something simpler and more immediate. It’s simply a question of whether or not doing something simpler, more melodic, more hook-driven has the same kind of appeal when you’re capable of doing something so much more challenging. 

Hear Disheveled Cuss’ loose and depressive “Oh My God” // The Fader

Maybe the long arc of Nick Reinhart's career was always bending towards power pop. As the lead singer of mathy Sacramento trio Tera Melos, he displayed the keen sense of melody that many of his band's peers lacked. In the truly unlikely supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder alongside Mike Watt, Nels Cline, and Greg Saunier, Reinhart played with pop choruses, albeit with an oddball sensibility. Full article HERE.

Disheveled Cuss Share New Song And Video "She Don't Want" // Stereogum

(Chris Deville via Stereogum)

Nick Reinhart is best known as the frontman for Sacramento math-rockers Tera Melos. He’s also frequently collaborated with Death Grips and is in the experimental supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder with Minutemen’s Mike Watt, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. So it was surprising to hear him tackle straight-ahead ’90s guitar-pop on “Wanna Be My Friend,” his debut single as Disheveled Cuss. But that’s the sound he’s shooting for with this project, and he consistently hits the target.