Terramara

Terramara

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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This Minneapolis foursome writes piano-based pop songs with rich harmonies and clever lyrics, melding smart songcraft with sonically adventurous production to create a sound both catchy and complex.

Biography

Terramara is the brainchild of Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/keyboardist Rob Meany, who formed the group in 1998. Over the last ten years the band has released three full-length albums and won numerous awards for songwriting and performance. In addition to Rob Meany on keys and vocals, Terramara features Karl Koopman on guitar, James Towns on bass, and David Thomas on drums. Although the line-up has changed around Meany over the years, the current players have been in the fold since 2001, with the exception of Towns who joined in 2005.

Terramara released a self-titled album in 2000 and followed up with a second, Four Blocks To Hennepin, in 2005. Both recordings were produced by Ken Chastain in Minneapolis. Critics and fans alike were quick to compare their sound to Steely Dan because of Meany's penchant writing jazz-influenced rock songs with plenty of harmonic twists and turns.

Following the release of Four Blocks To Hennepin in 2005, the band undertook a big promotional push. A college radio campaign yielded adds on almost 300 college and public stations, and many top 30 adds. At least 40 stations had Terramara in heavy or medium rotation. St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota had Terramara's single, "Running Down The Avenue" at #1 for eight weeks in a row.

The band also won a number of awards during this period, including the WB Minnesota-sponsored "Strictly Original" New Music Competition, with two performances broadcast on this prime time TV program in August 2005. Out of hundreds of local bands, Terramara was selected by audience vote and by a panel of judges as the overall winner. Prizes include a recording contract, free promotional materials, and a year's worth of pizza.

Rob Meany and Terramara also garnered some awards for songwriting, including:

Second place in the Billboard Songwriting Contest in 2005 for their song "Goodbye".

Grand Prize in the Positive Pop Song Contest in 2005 for their song "Outrunning Headlights".

Top Five Finalist in the Independent Music Awards (IMA) in 2005 for their song "Running Down The Avenue"

2006 culminated in a nomination for Best Pop Artist at the Minnesota Music Awards.

In 2007, Terramara went back into the studio to record its third album. Feeling a desire to move in a new direction musically, the group enlisted the help of Jon Herchert to produce a more straight-forward, guitar-driven album. While retaining much of Terramara's signature sound: piano-based pop songs with rich harmonies and clever lyrics, the new recording shimmers with layered guitars, and shades of ambient and electronic sounds in the mix. It is by far the most sonically rich and adventurous Terramara album to date, while at the same time its most accessible.

The new album, Dust & Fiction, was officially released at a massive show on Oct. 11, 2008 at the Trocaderos nightclub in Minneapolis, with a 12-piece band assembled to recreate the sonic variety contained in the recording.

The new album has already garnered airplay nationwide on XM Radio and been featured on local radio (Cities 97) and TV (KARE 11).

Lyrics

Solar Meltdown

Written By: Rob Meany

Some might say that we had it made
That we had something strong enough to last forever
And some might say that our words got in the way
But can't you hear the silence of a broken heart

Some might say I should learn to walk away
And I always look for sunshine when the rain falls down
I've had my fill, and I took my poison pill
Now I'm waiting for a ransom and a solar meltdown

I'll never take it all for granted
And I'll never let you down again
You're all that I need
And I'm not afraid to bleed
If I could just be with you again

Some might say that you led me far astray
And you promised me you'd never find somebody new
Words dry up like Kool-Aid from a plastic cup
And now you won't be calling me on Friday evening

Suddenly I'm raw in inside
On the barren sidewalks without a guide
Now I can remember what you meant to me

October days, November nights
I'm drowning in a sea of spite
I'm drinking through the holidays
Without a drop of sense

And some might say I'm waiting for a ghost
But now's the time I need you the most
And I still hear you laughing like you're standing next to me

The Other Shoe

Written By: Rob Meany

No friend of mine is an island for sale
No friend of mine is a shiny lock that fails
No friend of mine is a pair of eyes I never see

But I wait for you or me to break
What more do you want to take?
And I can't move on
And it takes so long
For the other shoe to drop

No friend of mine is an open book of lies
No friend of mine is a waterfall that cannot cry

But I wait for you or me to break
What more do you want to take?
And I can't move on
And it takes so long
For the other shoe to drop

No one wants to blink an eye
No one wants to give

No friend of mine is an avalanche waiting to fall

But I wait for you or me to break
What more do you want to take?
And I can't move on
And it feels so wrong
For the other shoe to drop

Blue Revolution

Written By: Rob Meany

Last night I dreamed I was at school
And there was this naughty boy who'd broken all the rules
He made a nasty mess
Knocked over every desk
And then he smirked and lurked away
We'll never let it happen again

They tried to teach him how to sing
But all he ever said was budda boom and budda bing
Snake oil was what he sold
The lies were manifold
And then he winked and slinked away

Stand up for a new direction
Stand up for the blue revolution
We're not gonna take this lying down, down, down
Run down to the railway station
Hop a train to a better destination
We're not gonna stop 'til we take him down, down, down
We'll never let it happen again

On the schoolyard playground he's the boss
If he doesn't get his way, he'll win at any cost
He is the bully's friend
The threats just never end
You're either with him or you lose
We'll never let it happen again

Oh no, no, I think we got fooled again
Oh, no, no, he said we'd never get fooled again
Oh, no, no, looks like we got schooled again
Oh, no, no, looks like we got schooled
We'll never let it happen again

(Solo)

He made a stinky pile
And all he does is smile
And tell you it's a real treat

Burn Me Up

Written By: Rob Meany

I don't know what's happened to me
I look around and you're all that I see for miles
I wake up in the middle of the night
This bed won't ever feel right without you

Burn me up again
Nights like that I never want to end
Burn me til the flame dies down
Burn me to the bone
Tell me I will never be alone
Burn me til the flame dies down

When we met there were sparks in your eyes
I felt the heat but I never realized I'd fall for you
And I don't know what love can be
But when you lay down next to me that's all I need

Turn me on
Tear me up
Melt me down
Burn me up

All That I Am

Written By: Rob Meany

You don't know what I'm about
You're full of doubt
Questions just hang in the air
You don't where this will lead
Whether you'll bleed
When we reach a fork in the road
And all I can say
Is it won't be the first time I've put my heart on the line
And it won't be the last
If I can't seem to shake off the past

Take me for all that I am
Take me for all that I'm hoping to be
And tell me you won't give a damn
About all my faults

I've had my ups and my downs
My share of clowns
My past seems to follow me here
Like a house guest who won't ever leave
He sticks to my sleeve
And reminds me of all my mistakes
And all I can say
There's bound to be good times, there's bound to be bad times
But I won't be gone
When the darkness is turning to dawn

Take me for all that I am
Take me for all that I'm hoping to be
And tell me you won't give a damn
About all my faults

I have seen love come and go
Like a strong undertow
It pulls you down into the sea
A poker hand already played
my cards have been laid and but I can't stand to lose anymore
And all I can say
Is I'm turning my life around, feet planted on the ground
But I need you to say
You'll be with me each step of the way

Take me for all that I am
Take me for all that I'm hoping to be
And tell me you won't give a damn
About all my faults
Take me for all that I am
Take me for all that I'm trying to be
And I'll give you all that I can
If you'll stay with me

Discography

Dust & Fiction (LP--2008)
Four Blocks to Hennepin (LP--2005)
Invisible People (single--2002)
Terramara (LP--2000)

Set List

Recent Set List:

Fate Won't Wait
Losing My Mind
Blue Revolution
A Pretty Good Friend
Brooklyn Bridge
4 Blocks to Hennepin
Screaming At The Pouring Rain
The Other Shoe
Jaded Little Love Song
Running Down the Avenue
Invisible People
On The Bus
Solar Meltdown

Cover Tunes:

Message In a Bottle--Police
Josie--Steely Dan

Sets are usually 60-90 minutes.