Oh MAN!!! I can’t believe this time has finally come. I’ve basically been waiting to do this for the last three years. Yes: before The Band Mom was even officially a radio promotion company, I was waiting to promote the next Terrordactyls record. Here are some reasons why the Terrordactyls are so special to me: in March 2008 they let me join them on their tour, which was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Tyrel designed my Band Mom logo (check it out at the top of the page!) and the guys were the first to call me their “band mom” when I made them a tour book that had a different quote from The Adventures of Pete & Pete on every page. Also Tyrel totally just helped me out with my website redesign…poke around, looks pretty snazzy doesn’t it? Yes it does. The Terrordactyls are high on the lists both of my best friends and my favorite bands, and I can’t believe they continue to allow me to be in their lives.
Anyway. I can’t WAIT for the whole world to hear this Terrordactyls album. You should read the bio below, because it is basically a list of facts that don’t seem like they could possibly all be true, but they are, every word, I’ve seen most of it happen with my own two eyes.
The Terrordactyls are Tyrel Stendahl and Michael Cadiz. They met in high school in 1999 and formed the band in 2001, with a lineup that once also included members who would go on to become The Pharmacy. They’ve released albums, 7″s and EPs on Seattle’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and Austria’s Seayou Records; they’ve toured the US and Europe, made a stop-motion animation video for a duet they recorded with Kimya Dawson (Moldy Peaches, Juno soundtrack) that got over 200,000 views on Youtube, landed a sponsorship with Kazoobie Kazoos, and had songs featured in the MTV show My Life As Liz.
Rage Mountain was recorded beginning in 2009 in a cabin by a creek and in a practice studio above the record store where Tyrel worked on Vashon Island, Washington. All of the guitar solos were recorded on a Squire Strat that’s owned by Tyrel’s boss at the music store and which was signed by K.D. Lang. Tyrel’s boss doesn’t know this. Vashon is a small island in the Puget Sound. You have to take a ferry to get there and it’s full of magic and pine trees. Sometimes there are even orca whales. To complete the Seattleite stereotype, besides being in a band, wearing plaid and listening to Nirvana, these days Tyrel works for an internet company and Michael is a barista.
There are already two music videos for the track “Overlapping Circles”. One is about burning Christmas trees on a summer day; the other one is by friend Will Janowitz, an actor. He’s been on The Sopranos and also Mad Men. Plus there’s the “Stars” video, which was made by Kori Valz, an animator who has worked on the preschool-age TV show The Wonder Pets, and it is full of penises.
Besides tales of pain and insecurity disguised as sweet melancholic folk ballads, and stories about cats orchestrated with kazoos and toy pianos, Rage Mountain features a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Down In It”. Michael was a huge NIN fan in middle school, and both Terrordactyls contend that Pretty Hate Machine is an AMAZING album.
Following the recording of this album, Kellen Rack, a bicycle and fantasy novel enthusiast, became the band’s full-time drummer. The now-trio is already hard at work recording Rage Mountain II: Return to Rage Mountain.
RIYL: Kimya Dawson, Paul Baribeau, Jeffrey Lewis, pwrfl power, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Start With: 4, 8, 15, 6, 12, 10 FCC: 2, 3, 14 [CLEAN EDITS AVAILABLE], 9 [NO CLEAN EDIT]
Track 9 happens to be my favorite on the whole disc, the only one with swears that doesn’t have an edit, so if you happen to have the kind of radio situation where it doesn’t matter what words are in the tracks you play, spin the s**t out of that thing!!!
Contact me for a download link! Downloads available both of the full album and of the clean edits! I’ve also got a secret extra download of a couple clean edits with completely ridiculous sounds instead of just blanks for the swears, if you’re into that sort of stuff.
The world is a magical place!!! The Terrordactyls help. ADD THIS RECORD!!!