Terrene

Terrene

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Emotional, textured "wall of sound" indie band informed by rock, post-rock, and pop movements. On record, a 7-piece of rotating musicians. Live, a sense-o-round of many laptop-powered amplifiers, live guitar, drums, and vocals. Phil Ek-produced debut album has a street date of July 17, 2007.

Biography

Terrene started as the solo project of John Dylan. Recording, distributing, and performing everything himself, Dylan built a small empire around his unique style of music. Keeping expectations at bay, Terrene's music can be as tetra-aural and cacophonous as Sonic Youth, as ethereal and haunting as Sigur Ros and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, and as folksy and pop-savvy as Sufjan Stevens and Built to Spill.

While working as a solo artist in the late nineties, Spin magazine dubbed Dylan's "Fifty-One" to be the "Cool Track of the Day" due to the widespread internet distribution of the song. Canadian production company, Propaganda Culture, then commissioned Dylan to create the theme song for their self-titled TV Show and also contribute a track to the soundtrack for their film, Parasidium, shooting a tie-in video (which Dylan directed). Fans launched a fan site cataloging all the songs and interviews Dylan gave while a college radio program did a 30-minute documentary on his do-it-all-yourself project.

Overwhelmed at having accomplished so much by doing relatively little -- and all by himself -- Dylan formed Terrene in 2003 to pursue his music more seriously. That December, Terrene completed a 4-song demo with longtime friend Bobby Nath of noted Seattle band Mars Accelerator, whose production credentials include Kinski (Sub Pop), Transitional (Pehr), Welcome (RXRemedy), and Mars themselves.

The demo landed pieces on Terrene in the magazines Magnaphone ( Philadelphia), The Stranger (Seattle), The Tablet (Seattle), and UW Daily (Seattle). It also secured shows for Terrene at all of Seattle's major venues, as well as opening spots for Of Montreal. Gaining steam, they were awarded a full-length broadcast of a Terrene set with the the purveyor of talent, KEXP.

In 2004, wanting to record a full length, Terrene sent the demo to producer Phil Ek (Built To Spill, The Shins, Modest Mouse). Blown away, Ek came on board to record Terrene's first album titled The Indifferent Universe. Initially recorded at Jupiter and AVAST! Studios with Ek at the helm, Dylan continued expanding and refining the sounds on the record -- a process that took over two years to complete. Resulting in a 42-minute mini-epic, the record captures Terrene's stormy instrumentation as a huge wall of overdubs.

Slated for a July 2007 release on Wax Orchard, The Indifferent Universe, will be released as a dual-disc featuring a full-length live performance and a documentary featurette. Several videos are in production, with directors including famed avant-garde flash animator Mumbleboy, and feature directors, The Nee Brothers.

A North American tour is scheduled for the fall where Terrene and their laptop (which produces six different amp feeds) will deliver the atmospheric sound live as an immersive, sense-o-round experience.

Lyrics

Fifty-One

Written By: Terrene

on and on and on and on and on and on and on / dragged the folktale heart of sad old song / for spirit's heart begone / delivered a lightning bolt in the pouring rain / the waterdrops merge in midfalldown / and before he had even awoke he exhalesighed a breath then spoke: 'well, i think i need to get some rest.' / with a good day's rest in mid-day's-light he slept 'til light was gone / 'i had this dream the night before...'

What We'll Never Be

Written By: Terrene

you and i, we've made a lot come true / the habits draw me / and quarter me, too / the time misspent / the glossaries moved / but it's all the same - it's not the same / we'll never be what we wanted to be / and so it plays / two of all trades / because you never saw it coming / you never saw it coming / you never saw it coming / "your heart's not stone..." "it's made of lead!" / "you'll wish i was you..." "and not me, instead!" / with music writing code in my head...

Fixed Up

Written By: Terrene

sunny sunday, i've been thinking of that last time / it could've been better / fixed up and so let down / that last time could've been better / but she says i'm your man / she says i'm your man / of fleeting thoughts (i will be there) comes our love true (i'll be there!) / you'll find these words of unending depth won't replace how you feel / i've been sitting 'round far too long / i've been sitting 'round far too long / i've been sitting 'round far too long...

Stereo!

Written By: Terrene

mal-aligned and worse off / in time you'll come in when you're good and ready / and i'll wait up, again / fall and catch you just one last time, for old time's sake / i'll wait, i'll wait, and when you find yourself without a playmate i'll be there / sadly enough, i'll probably take you in again (but not without a couple dirty looks) / for now, my friend, i'll see you when the games (begin/run old) again / if you can believe that / few can believe that / sink a ship for the old battalion (at another's supervision) / well, looks like a new flag's flying in the old kingdom tonight

Discography

The Indifferent Universe - LP - Street Date: August 15, 2007.

Singles:
"Fifty-One"
"Unwelcome"
"Stereo!"
"Media Sift Through Heart Rises"
"Fixed Up"
"What We'll Never Be"

Set List

Our set is typically 45 minutes to an hour long, though we can expand up to 2 hours or contract down to whatever works. We do have a lot of material. We do play one cover: "If I Needed Someone" by The Beatles.