John Clardy of Tera Melos // Modern Drummer

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The modern-prog wizards Tera Melos released their fourth full-length record, Trash Generator, this past August. The recording process brought the trio to Singing Serpent studios in San Diego, California, and marked the first time that the group’s madman drummer, John Clardy, was present for the entirety of the tracking period since joining them in 2008. Dense grooves, wild accent patterns, and rapid time changes abound throughout the album as the group furthers its signature experimental sound. Here we analyze key moments on Trash Generator and gain insight into some of the tracks from Clardy himself.



Suffice to say that after 10 years as a band and the release of their 7thstudio album, Trash Generator, Tera Melos is simply at their prime. The band is a three-piece melting pot of post-hardcore and punk consisting of Nick Reinhart (Guitar, Vocals), Nathan Latona (Bass Guitar) and John Clardy (Drums).

After seeing the Sacramento-based live as it supported Chon in June, the band seemed to be really excited about the new music they were about to release, with Reinhart posting multiple videos of guitar parts that would be featured on this album. Surely it lived up to the hype the way they were promoting it.



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Tera Melos 'Warpless Run' Video Premier // NPR

“Speedruns” are a weirdly enthralling piece of video game culture, wherein a gamer takes on titles, often older ones like Super Metroid or Sonic The Hedgehog, using every trick in the book to beat their chosen game as fast as possible. 

Brad “Darbian” Myers currently holds the Super Mario Bros. speedrun world record, completing the classic in four minutes, 56 seconds. Tera Melos guitarist and singer Nick Reinhart recalls one of Darbian’s recent live streams as “the closest thing I’ve ever felt to being a real sports fan,” he tells NPR. “My heart was racing and I was yelling at my phone screen."