The night started with SRVVLST (pronounced "survivalist"), a melodic math band stationed in Columbus, promoting their new EP The Seven Year Inch. After their half-hour set of nonstop melodies and heavy-as-a-brick-to-the-mouth beats, the four piece left the stage to let Zorch set up. I met up with the guys at their merch table during the intermission to buy a single and compliment their tightly woven set, and aside from usual formalities they were all nerding out to be opening for Tera Melos. It was cool to meet a band who had their chops together so well without an ounce of pretense.
|All we had was a prepaid camera phone.|
I didn't know what to expect from Tera Melos. In their four-album career they've gone from instrumental prog math to minimalist pseudo-pop without skipping a beat or losing any fans along the way. Pulling mainly from their Patagonian Rats LP and their newest title, X'ed Out, they controlled the audience like the Reptilian Overlords Zorch was talking about. I was really surprised when they strolled back to their Drugs to the Dear Youth EP days and played "Spoonful of Slurry" with the intro and first verse of Weezer's "Undone" injected into a couple of the stops. Near the end of the set, some people started chanting "hot dog man" in reference to the scarecrow that adorned the stage with a hotdog for a head, at which point guitarist Nick Reinhart negotiated with the audience how much longer the show would go on, saying "We've got a setlist. And we can either play one then leave, pretend to be done, then come out and play the last one, or we could just play both of them now." After a show-of-hands vote, the band remained on stage for the last two songs and closed with fan favorite "Skin Surf."