Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

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Biography

Terra Incognita (Latin-def: unknown land; uncharted territory) is a novel of sound. With lyrics and songwriting that twist the mind, celestial guitar riffs, avant-garde bass, and masterly powerful percussion, Terra Incognita outputs an energy that captivates the attention of audiences. In February of 2006 the group was formed in San Diego, California. Jerome Peck (vocals/guitar), Zac Dowell (guitar/effects), Jeff Warren (bass), and Shan Lockett (drums/effects) birthed Terra Incognita out of a desire to trek into uncharted territory, tread through musical lines, and bring subliminal euphoria to the eye and ear. The sound has been described as something between Pink Floyd, Beck, Nirvana, and The Mars Volta.

The originality of Terra Incognita seems to be due, partly, to the extreme musical diversity of it’s members. Jerome Peck and Jeff Warren formed a band after high school in 2000 named Obliss. Jerome’s Dylan/Morrison/Beck like lyricism and catalogue of over 150 original songs put to acoustic strums met Jeff’s Les Claypool-like bass style to make strange musical matrimony. The band broke up in 2002. Three years later they reunited out of a longing to create “goose bump music” that had only felt natural in combination with each other. After a year and a half of carefully crafting songs, finding their style, changing names, sifting through drummers, and looking for the perfect lead guitarist they became aquainted with Zac Dowell-fresh out of Ohio and new to the California music scene. His spacey and eccentric style charged their music with the psychedelic power they had always wanted while, interestingly enough, gave the band a more modern and relatable feel. The final piece was found shortly after in North Carolinian Shan Lockett. Raised in music from birth by his father and professional bass player Willie Lockett, Shan contributed his own unique style that gave Terra Incognita more than just a beat.

In about 10 months of playing live, Terra Incognita has a fan base per show between 50-150 people eager to see them play while gaining huge favor with the additional walk-in crowds. The group performs with a full liquid light show at San Diego venues such as Canes, Brick by Brick, The Jumping Turtle, The Longshot Saloon, and has become somewhat of the house band at the popular Churchills in San Marcos. Terra Incognita has the amazing quality of being unclassifiable, incomparable in style and yet completely relevant for a generation seeking what has recently been lost in music-a deep introspective fresh perspective. This group will stop at nothing to project it’s music to the world.

Lyrics

Picasso's Frown

Written By: Jerome Peck

I was home alone when a phone that I never owned rang
And I answered it
Good day Mr. Peck, Space calls collect. Will you accept the charge?
I accepted it
Hey there, Rookie, how ya’ doing
I bring a message from the moon
I’ll tell it to you when you quit your job and sell your car
And build a hot-air balloon
Let me introduce you……….

Do my eyes deceive me when I see Picasso’s frown?
Light hits the sky. Love hits the ground.

I told my boss, “I’m taking off.” No two-week notice
And he scoffed at me
I sold my car and bought a guitar; stared at the sunrise
Then it dawned on me
Bridge commander slow us down
Pop the latch. I here a sound
Coming from the ground. I think I found the thing that was severing
Me from you
Let me introduce you……….

Do my eyes deceive me when I see Picasso’s frown?
Light hits the sky. Love hits the Ground.

If the searchlights try to find us to bring our vessel down
Initiate the nitro. We’ll break the speed of sound.
If they ask you to report back the secret things we found
Tell ‘em light hit the sky. Love hit the ground.

Silent Mind

Written By: Jerome Peck

It’s either leave or die
but the red orange sky
Comes shining through your smile bright into my eye
I feel like maybe
something saved me
Saved me from going insane
Kaleidoscope crybabies
tie-died sideways
Spin me into dizziness and drip me from the ledge
Rain or shine
in space or time
They spiral and collide inside my wide-opened mind

I’ve been lost in outer space
Between the thought of every page
And in the dimming of every phase
I feel the sweet erase
As light flies by my silent mind
In the dust of dampened haze
In the intensity of my face
Mighty hands of gentle grace
Trail by and leave a trace
And I can find a silent mind….
And it’s right on time

Businessman talks of stocks and bonds
He fills my head with gibberish that leads me from the path
Money is a mountain. Freedom is a fountain
I hate the thought of anything that makes them seem the same
Black and white sheets are speaking what I’m thinking
But can I get a vision to elevate my mind?
It’s either leave or die but the red orange sky
Comes shining through your smile bright into my eye

I’ve been lost in outer space
Between the thought of every page
And in the dimming of every phase
I feel the sweet erase
As light flies by my silent mind
In the dust of dampened haze
In the intensity of my face
Mighty hands of gentle grace
Trail by and leave a trace
And I can find a silent mind….
And it’s right on time

Discography

The Birth Pains Demo