Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Terrapin/Seasons Tour Photoblog #1

We got back from our west coast sojourn with Seasons

a few days ago. The time we spent together on the road

feels like it was all too brief. We covered the entire

west coast in a few days.

There are a lot of great memories that were made on

this trip. The pictures in this post were all taken by

our very own in-house photographer Vanessa.

When time permits there will be another post or two

with some more pics and recollections. There's a lot

of pictures.

This will do for now.

Adam Seasons: "Coke Mountain."
Nik Seasons & Coke Mountain
Vanessa Lynn
Grizzly Man
Rocks feel good on Adams back.
Vanessa getting closer to her element.
We also fit a complete backline of gear and 10 people in the van.
Kurt Vannegut a.k.a. Vincent Van Goooooo and Vandolf the Gray.
Why yes, those are amplifiers stacked on amplifiers between the front seats.
Alan reveling.
John Seasons: If you known John you know this is the best pic of him ever.
Pictured: Nature. Also known as the world outside of the van.
Touching down in Seattle.
Blurry but awesome Seasons.

More pics to come.

The Terrapin

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tour Dates! Local Shows, Innermachine, Interviews, Merch & More!

Let's start off with our bigger news...

The Terrapin and Seasons Tour Dates in June:

Saturday June 4th - The Makeout Room - San Francisco, CA

Sunday June 5th - Valentines - Portland, OR

Monday June 6th - The Jewel Box Theatre - Seattle, WA

Tuesday June 7th - Ella Street Social Club - Portland, OR


We're really excited to be heading out on the road again.
To coincide with these dates we will have brand new merch!
We will be bringing along t-shirts and will have a limited
number of cd copies of our new record "Innermachine."

If you aren't familiar with our friends in Seasons, you should
give them a listen.

Once we're back in town we'll be wasting no time because
will be heading southbound towards San Diego to play
The Telemagica Music Festival!


Check out their website for more information.
We will be playing on Saturday night under the stars.
It's going to be our first time playing an event like this.
If you're in the area we would recommend your attendance.

Aside from those aforementioned dates we do have a few
local shows lined up right now.

Friday May 27th - Clancy's - Long Beach, CA
with Bella Novela


Wednesday July 27th - Que Sera - Long Beach, CA
with Cigarette Bums for the last night of their residency
along with Moon Pearl and Brother Cecil.


Saturday August 27th - The Prospector - Long Beach, CA
with Bella Novela, The Elephant Parallax and DJ Oldboy

Other dates are pending but we'll let you know when more are

Our new record "Innermachine" has recently been completed
in regards to its mixing and mastering. The final mix and master
were done by Ikey Owens from Free Moral Agents/The Mars Volta
and J.P.Benzinkski from Wild Pack of Canaries/Eugene & the 1914.
It was recorded last year at Red Rockets Glare Studios with producer
Raymond Richards.

We are also planning on launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund
the pressing our our new record to Vinyl. We'l have more details
on that very soon for you.

We have also had a couple of recent interviews posted/published
with us. The first one was done by Jenny G who may know from
her work at KXLU. She interviewed us for the awesome folks at
Dirty Hippy Radio. Check it out here:


Also, check out the facebook page she just set up for her radio
program, Levitation Radio


We were also featured in Dig Magazine both online and in the
print edition. The interview was done by CSULB student
Yoon Song. He did a great job and we think you'll enjoy it as well.


If you want a preview of some the new "Innermachine" tracks
come out to one of our shows or check out some of these videos
shot by Jon Hershfield for ISGOODMUSIC.



If you still haven't seen the beautiful video director
Donovan Vim Crony did for us for the song "Birthcake"
from our first EP watch it now:

We're planning on making some more videos as well.

Good times right?


The Terrapin

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Terrapin at Pehrspace: Saturday, April 23rd

The Terrapin had the chance to play Pehrspace last night for the first time
in a couple of years. The only other time we've played there was in our early
days right after Bill joined the band when he was still playing sax. He couldn't
make the show and it became the last show we did as a trio. We played with
The Weather Underground that night before they changed their name and
became Red Cortez.

The first band on the bill were our dear friends in C-Horse. If you don't know
who they are or haven't heard their music you're missing out. They write and
play some of the catchiest pop music around right now. Their set included a
few new songs that had a more driving guitar sound. If you looked near one
of the PA speakers you would have seen me air drumming to most of their

I think there were a lot of things running through all our minds last night
as we began to set up our gear after C-Horse. Alan was in the midst of
celebrating his two year anniversary with his girlfriend, Vanessa's mom
was visiting in town visiting and seeing us play for the first time, I was
getting to play my new drum set for the first time and any number of
other things. We also had our good friend Donovan Vim Crony on
Team Terrapin last night running the live visuals for us. They looked
absolutely amazing. He is also the man behind this music video:

The guy is seriously talented and we are proud to work with him.

Remember how we said Alan was celebrating his two year anniversary
with his girlfriend? Well, we started the night by playing a song dedicated
to her. This was the song:

We totally covered Weezer.

The set felt like a wonderful blur of light and sound.

For the end of the set we played a song called "Sweet Carl." Last night
marked the third time we've ever played it. The original version
of it was written in the period when we were a five piece with our friend
Vince Phung on bass. It does require a two guitar assault so we don't
have many chances to play it live. With that being said we had our friend
Lindsay from C-Horse join us on bass so Bill could switch over and play
guitar. Needless to say we ended the set on a blissed out high note.

Our set list in order from last night:

El Scorcho



T-Rex/Goat Adventure (see below for video)

Bawdy Politic

Driving Drone


Moonage Daydream

Sweet Carl

Up next were the face melting gents of The Elephant Parallax.
Those guys were off the walls impressive, we'd never seen them
before last night. They made us think of some of our favorite
Prog bands and you know we like us some Prog Rock in case
you didn't know that already.

Closing the night were one of favorite acts from the Long
Beach music scene: The Bellhaunts. It was their first time
playing Pehrspace and they kept the crowd there til the
very end.

You may have also noticed the unusually good music being
played in between bands last night. That was due to the
turntable skills of DJ Oldboy a.k.a. Chris Lynch. If you were
at the first night of our Casey's residency this year in January
then you will remember him from that night as well.

Some other details: Matthew Teardrop from Manhattan Murder
Mystery was there working the sound for all the bands night.
It sounded great, so a big thanks to him(Nailed it!). Also, thank
you to Laurence who gave me the beer during our set. It was much
appreciated. The lovely flyer you saw at the top of this post was
done by the skillful hands of Courtney from C-Horse.

Not sure what else to say other than we had a great time with
great people. We soldier on to the next gig and hope you'll
continue to enjoy the ride with us.

"It's Just A Ride."

The Terrapin

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 2011 Terrapin Gig Schedule

Hey all,

we've been keeping busy behind the scenes with scheduling gigs
and getting the gears turning on upcoming things for the next
few months.

In the meantime you can see us live and in person at the following
shows that we have currently scheduled for the month of March:

Friday March 11th
Riff Haus Studios
1150 E Valencia Dr.
Fullerton, CA
with:Moon Pearl (irvine)
Bellhaunts (santa ana)
One High Five (HB/LB)
Lockdown (younger OC punk band, )



$8, 6:45pm doors, show at 7:45pm

Thursday March 17th
La Cave
1695 Irvine Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
with: Brother Cecil, Cobalt Cranes, DJ Oldboy
FREE 21+


Saturday March 19th

Space 2710 /\ 2710 W. Avenue 34, Los Angeles, CA
with: Kissing Cousins, Buffalo Electric
$5 All Ages


Tuesday March 29th

Lot 1 Cafe: 1533 Sunset Blvd
$5 9pm
with: Seasons, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Modern Time Machines

Thursday March 31st
The Prospector
2400 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804-4637
$5 21+
with: Seasons, Dona Nicha

From what you see, we are going to be playing some new
areas we haven't played before like Costa Mesa and
Fullerton. Plus a couple of All Ages shows.

Come hang out with us one of these nights.

It'll be fun.

Expect some major announcements soon.


The Terrapin

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Shows, Record Update!

Hey all,

since we wrapped up our Casey's residency we have been keeping
ourselves busy back here in the anthropomorphic world of The Terrapin.

Our first post-residency gig was Thursday February 10th with
The Studiofix who frickin' rock and Killola who rocked that place silly.
Seriously, this was a show of unrelenting rock from start to finish.
Do yourself a favor and look them both up.

We have a handful of shows happening that we'd like to let you
know about so here they are:

Wednesday, February 23rd at 5 Star Bar in Downtown LA

Saturday, March 12th at Riffhaus in Fullerton

Saturday, March 19th at Space2710 in Eagle Rock
w/Kissing Cousins

We played 5 Star Bar last November for the last night of the
Modern Time Machines residency and we're sure it'll be a fine
time in the old city. We've also never played Fullerton, nevermind
an All Ages house party in Fullerton. So that's going to be a
new experience. Then we'll be playing again with the lovely
ladies of Kissing Cousins who you may remember played
with us for the third night of our residency in January.

Come by to any of these shows if you can make it.

We just recently wrapped up mixing with Ikey Owens
who you may recognize as being the Keyboard player for
The Mars Volta as well as leader of his band Free Moral Agents.
We met up with Ikey and his engineer J.P. in Long Beach
and got to see and hear some of the finishing touches to
our Inner Machine record. There are just a few more things
we're sorting through but we'll have some more info regarding
the record fairly soon. It's going to be totally worth it.

Well, there you have it for now.

We'll see you soon.

The Terrapin

Bear, Cat, Koala, Ferret

Friday, February 4, 2011

Casey's Residency Night 4: January, 28th 2011

Night 4 of our residency brought back to a place we have quickly learned
to call our home in downtown. To say goodbye in style we brought along
Jeff from Dirty Hippy Radio and Jenny G who DJ's at KXLU to play some
songs. They spun a great mix of obscure garage rock both new and old
you really couldn't beat. If you weren't there for the awesomeness they
played you should make sure to tune in to 88.9 KXLU if you live in
Southern California or online at KXLU.com , their program plays on
Thursday afternoons from Noon to 3pm so check it out.

Seriously, you'll love it.

For this last show we picked the gentlemen in the band Seasons.
If you aren't familiar with them you should be (just like all the
bands and DJ's from all the other nights). Seasons play a blistering
mix of Psychedelic Rock tinged with a pop heart. We're big fans
and were excited to have them on this last night of our residency.

How about you just watch them play their song "Always" ?

How cool is that?

Yeah, exactly.

And we're going to be doing a lot more shows together come
end of March into early April. An official announcement will
be coming soon.

For our final residency night we felt pretty well into a good
solid groove after having played all month long. It was great
seeing so many friendly faces, old and new, that night. Even
though we've had to delay plans for releasing our new record
this month, it's because it looks like we're going to be releasing
it on Vinyl! Andrew Wilson who did the amazing residency
poster is doing our record cover as well. We think you're going
to love it.

We played the entirety of the forthcoming 'Inner Machine'
record plus a bevy of other goodies.


1)Inner Machine
4)Bawdy Politic
5)Know/More (1-5 are the songs comprising 'Inner Machine' in order)
6)Moonage Daydream (Bowie cover dedicated to Nik from Seasons)
7)T-Rex/Goat Adventure (New Song)
8)The Party (New Song)
9) SWEET CARL (New Song, special guest Vince Phung on Bass)

The first 5 songs mark where we have been musically over the last
year or two and Moonage to the end mark where the follow up to
'Inner Machine' is going. We saved the song 'Sweet Carl' for this show
because Seasons heard an old demo that they loved, that gave us the
kick in the butt we needed to rework it and finish it.

Vince Phung is our former bass player before Bill took over full time.
We've always been on good terms with him since his departure and
thought this would be a great time to have him join us for one night.
That does mean bill switched over to guitar for the song as well.
So for one brief moment we became the Megaterrapin as a 5 piece.
Will we do more shows with Vince? Perhaps, the future is yet written.

The Casey's residency has been one of the most positive experiences
we have had as a band and would like to say a big THANK YOU to
Dave Freeman at Casey's for booking us and letting us have this

Massive Thanks to


Hexham Heads:

Kissing Cousins:


DJ Oldboy:


Jeff at Dirty Hippy Radio:

Jenny G from KXLU:

and visual artist Zach McGinnes for running our visuals
all month long.

Less talk, more AV content from that night
(pic 1 taken by Vincent Roque, pic 2 by Amy Fortunato,
Video by Jeff from Dirty Hippy Radio.):

Hope you enjoyed the new song.



THANK YOU for your support.

The Terrapin


Friday, January 28, 2011

Casey's Residency Night 3: January, 21st 2011

Night 3 of our residency saw us joined by the ladies in Kissing Cousins.
Prior to this night the last time we played together had been about a year
or so back. If you aren't familiar with Kissing Cousins, they are a female
piece of some of the heaviest music being played in the LA music scene.
Imagine if the Melvins and Black Sabbath had a musical lovechild, it's
sort of like that but better. It was a definite pleasure to have with them
again after such a long time.

CMYK whom you may remember from the second week of our residency
returned to DJ this night as well. They laid down some great beats and
tunes that night that had butts shaking. What more can you ask from
a DJ duo? Not much. A big thanks to them for joining us for two
consecutive weeks.

By the time we hit the stage the floor seemed pretty filled as we launched into our
first song that night. Unlike the first two fridays where we ended with a cover, we
decided to start this week with one. Our cover song of choice this night was
'I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts' by legendary LA band X. We reshaped the song
into out own image. That is to say we sludged out certain sections while keeping
others closeish to the original arrangement. If you were there to witness this
cover then we suppose this description makes more sense. We played what we
consider to be a new and thorough reworking of a song called 'More'. That song
has been a staple of our live sets the last year and a half or so and is typically
played as an extension of another song called 'Know'. We slowed the tempo down
quite a bit and added an extended first half that is spacier and prettier. In this
version the song takes on a life of its own that we think is very separate from the
way we have been performing it.

What was the set list you may be wondering?

1) I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (X cover)
4)T.Rex/Goat Adventure
5)The Party
7)Bawdy Politic
8)Driving Drone
9)More (New Arragement/Song)

We don't have any pictures of this night but you imagine
it was loud and darkish with trippy projections.

Or catch these videos if you haven't already:

On to Night 4!

The Terrapin


Monday, January 17, 2011

Casey's Residency Night 2: January, 14th 2011

Night 2 of our Casey's residency saw us joined by our friends in the band
Hexham Heads. If you remember, we played with them at Spaceland in
October 2010 along with C-Horse and Nightmare Air. They have a a post-
punk sound that calls to bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division but isn't
scared to embrace a harder driving live performance. If you were there
on this particular night at Casey's then you also had a chance to see Rufo
from The Terrapin subbing on drums for them for the night. By all accounts
he didn't fully cheese it.

We also invited our friends in CMYK to DJ this night. CMYK laid down
some serious grooves from the get go. We're pretty pumped because
the dance floor action they laid down is coming back when they join us
once more on Night 3. Should you come back and dance your ass off?
What kind of question is that? Of course you should. If you're not shaking
it you're not living.

Speaking of shaking it, Thanks to everyone who helped fill up the floor
while we played. It's not often we play LA proper and have people actually
dance. The makes all of us very happy indeed. If you were there during
this dancefest, the song that may have done the trick is called 'The Party'.
It's a brand new song we wrote fairly recently. It's not on our upcoming
'Inner Machine' EP but will most likely be on the follow up to it. In the
mean time you should come to the gigs to catch it in all it's sweaty glory.
We also had our friend Lukas from Hexham Heads join us onstage in the
aftermath of 'The Party' to play our cover of The Smashing Pumpkins
song 'Bodies'. It was loud, fast, and noisy as hell, so in other words a great
deal of fun. We wrapped up night two in a hot sweaty mess but Rock & Roll
shouldn't be anything less.

Right below are a few pics snapped by John Ramirez.

Set list for Night 2
1) T-Rex/Goat Adventure
2) Driving Drone
3) Drag
4) Franjelica
5) Inner Machine
6) Birthcake
7) The Party (Brand New)
8) Bodies (Smashing Pumpkins cover with Lukas from Hexham Heads)

And if you've forgotten, we made a video to promote our four night stand
at Casey's:

and here's Birthcake just in case you haven't seen it already.

On a much sadder and personal note, Trish Keenan the singer
from british group Broadcast passed away that same day.
The Terrapin had the very good fortune of seeing them on
what ended up being their final LA performance at The Troubadour
in November 2009. We left that show in a collective haze of
wonder and awe. The projection work they did proved to be
a large inspiration for us to begin incorporating visual
elements to our performance. The musical influence Broadcast
has had in particular to both Vanessa and Rufo has been large
in both their lives. Trish and Broadcast are influences that we
have no problem readily admitting. If you aren't familiar with
their music here are the two songs that turned both Vanessa
and Rufo on to them.

And lastly, Broadcast performing their song 'Black Cat' at
The Troubadour November 2009.

We'll Miss You Trish Keenan.

The Terrapin

Monday, January 10, 2011

Casey's Residency Night 1 : January, 7th 2011

The Terrapin began our Friday night residency at Casey's in downtown LA this
past week on January 7th. As you can tell by the fancy poster above made by
graphic artist Andrew Wilson (http://wilsonicillustration.blogspot.com/)
we played with the lovely ladies in the band Bombon. We've known Jerico
their drummer from way back when she was in a band called Sleepover. They
played the record release show for our first EP. She now kicks ass full time
in Bombon. They've also just put our their first LP and happen to play some
of the funnest garage/surf music you can imagine. They put on a great show
and we were very happy to have them on board for this first night.

We also had DJ Oldboy (a.k.a. Chris 'Sex Bob-omb' Lynch) spinning records
between bands. If you've never heard him DJ you are surely missing out on
some amazing tunes. He plays a great selection of blues, R&B, Soul and
Rock & Roll to whet just about any musical taste. The guy has great taste.
How many DJ's have you ever seen rock out with a tambourine during their
set? He sure does. Go see him when you have a chance.

The first night of the residency was even more of a special occasion for us
because it marked us debuting our first ever music video! Director Donovan
Vim Crony made an amazing video for our song 'Birthcake' from our first
EP. He also came down with us to see it premiered. Reaction was good.
We shot the video with him at the end of November. Watch it below!

How cool is that? We know, we know. Donovan is an all around great
classy man and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If you want
to see more of his work go check out his Youtube channel:


We also made a made a video for our residency dates in the same vein
as the one we made for January 2010. Don't want to ruin the surprise
so here it is:

Hopefully that didn't induce some really weird acid flashback.

If it did, we apologize.

We are also working closely with visual artist Zach McGinnes for
the live visuals you are going to see this month. Below you'll see two
pictures taken the first night of the residency by Katy Diaz that might
give you a hint of what we're doing. To get the full impact of it you
should come down to one of our three remaining residency shows.

Are you wondering what we played that first night?

Well, here's the setlist from night 1:

4)It All Goes Away
5)Kill (1-5 is the 'Kill' EP in its original running order)
6) T-Rex/Goat Adventure (NEW SONG!)
7)Bawdy Politic
9)More (7-9 are from our upcoming 'Inner Machine' EP)
10)Moonage Daydream (DAVID BOWIE COVER!)

That covers most of Night 1.

What else will happen?

Come down and find out for yourself.

This Friday will see us playing once more with Hexham Heads
and the ladies of CMYK DJ'ing.

See you then.

The Terrapin
Bear, Cat, Koala, Ferret