Terezodu (Punk/Metal)

Written by Jonny Havoc

Posted Dec 8, 2006.

Leo (vocals)
Matt (lead guitar)
Patrick (guitar)
Steve (bass)
Alex (Drums)

What is your website? Www.terezodu.com

What is your MySpace? Www.myspace.com/terezodu

what genre is your music? I think the band has decided that we fit in nicely with the punk/metal Crossover genre.

Who got you interested in playing this kind of music? Well it's hard to name exactly who got us into crossover, but we started out as a straightforward punk band. Most of our newer songs incorporate a lot of thrash metal ideas, but I guess the bands that put the idea into our heads were bands like DRI, and on top of that our wide range of musical taste for punk and thrash/metal alike.

What is music to you? Well for most of us in the band, we grew up playing music. We couldn't imagine our lives with out it, so I guess to put it plainly, music to us is life.

How did you come up with your band name? The name is derived from the ancient language, called "Enochian". Terezodu, which is translated in English as "arise", came about while Leo (vocals) was digging around in some dusty books and found out that the enochian language was meant to be the language of the devils and the gods. We thought it was perfect, kind of like the good and the bad, were whatever we want to be.

What venue would you like to play the most that you haven't played at? For some reason we haven't played at the Key Club, We basically would like to play everywhere we haven't played. The name of the venue doesn't really make any difference.

What venue has been the best to play at? The one venue that has always been a great night for us would have to be The Galaxy Theatre, every time we play there its been and unforgettable night that we somehow manage to forget. Other than that the Hob is pretty nice, with their fancy backstage.

What city or area has been the best place to play? Hometown of course, the Disneyland surrounding areas.

What city or area has been the worst place to play? Well, I'd have to say that playing in corona just sucks, only because it's so damn hot and sticky there on stage. Everything else about the place is pretty cool.

Where was your best show? Probably recently at the Galaxy Theatre with The STICKies.

What makes a show the best? The crowd is definitely what makes, even though we put on the same show no matter how many people are there its just way more fun for the band on stage when the crowd is huge and the show has been properly promoted.

Who do you one day want to play a show with or open for? Opening for Motorhead would probably be an alright night, ya know, just average.

What inspires most of your lyrics? The world that we live in, hopefully our audience lives in that world as well.

Why would anyone want to hear your music? I would think that it would be because it's something fresh and new, and heavy.

What you are saying thru your music? Well it's basically a big finger to conformity, and all pre-set forms of structure. The difference with us in the words of Sinatra, "we do it our way".

How many people in the band right now are the original band members? the only remaining original members are Leo (vocals) and Alex (drums). I (Matt, lead guitar) was looking for bands all over and met up with Leo and i filled in on bass for Terezodu, for about two gigs. I absolutely hated the fact that i was playing bass, so told my long time friend (Steve, bass) that he had to learn how to play bass. I switched to guitar and to beef up our sound we decided two guitars were needed so we scouted Patrick (rhythm guitar). So that's the short story on our line up.

What brought your band together? A series of complete failure projects, but I guess they had a good over all outcome.

When was your band formed? It goes back to 2001 with to original members.

For what reasons was your band formed? A wise friend of mine explained to me that bands start to play music, and I'm 77.7 percent sure that he was right.

Where do you wish for your band to be in 5 years? Overdosed in Rome, jeopardizing our slot on the Lollapalooza.

What do you think it's going to take to get there? Well if it's going to take throwing large amounts of glitter into the eye sockets of our fans, we should already be there.

What is the best thing about being your band? Writing music, playing shows and hanging with the guys.

Where have you been playing lately and how has yourresponse been? We've been playing all over with great bands, the crowd goes insane, and you see some funny stuff looking down into the pit.

Do you have any advice to starting bands? Don't be a tribute band.

What is the best thing about music? Hearing the whole bands creation unfold, and being on stage.

What is the worst thing about music? Hangovers.

What other instruments can (each person) play (otherthan the ones they currently play in the band)? I think all of us can switch around on each other's instruments, with exception to Alex, but he makes up for it on drums. Patrick is better at piano than the rest of us, and we can all play extremely well on the kazoo.

Does your religion affect your music? Yeah, our non-religious views come out through our music. We wrote a song called "Stained Glass Asylum", which is about the corruption of the priest in this church and it makes one of the regular visitors go insane, by the end of the song the insane guy who used to love church ends up hanging himself from the bell tower...its a good song.

Any funny or interesting stories? This crazy guy in the pit cracked open his head with a beer bottle and was gushing blood all over the place, he kept smashing his head with more bottles, and he still managed to sing along. Back in the day our rehearsal studio caught fire. After a show we stopped for pizza and this really messed up guy got in our face and started threatening us to not tell on him for defecating all over the bathroom walls of the pizza place. So we told the owners that it wasn't us so that the chefs didn't take it out on us and spit in our pizza. The crazed guy who was threatening us over heard and chased us out of the restaurant...

What do you think about UFOs? I think they're pretty cool.

Did your parents like you playing when you were younger? Yes and no. They were like that's cool, but you should clean up your act and start playing for the local church. Needless to say, our parents were disappointed, that our love for music took us in a better, or shall I say different direction.

Do your parents like you playing music today? As long as we don't get arrested or something stupid they're fine with it all. It seems they've come to accept the fact that were not going to go to Harvard, I mean what parents want to see their kid turn into a bum.

Does being involved in playing music make you miss out on anything? Yes, we tend miss out on things like sitting alone in our bedroom with the lights off being emo on a Friday night.

What advantage do you have above other people because you play music? None, just because we play music doesn't make us better than a person who plays basketball, or reads books.

What were some of your favorite bands growing up? DRI, GWAR, DOA, Dead Kennedy's, Gang Green, Bad religion, Iggy pop, Pantera, Black Flag, Nirvana, Circle Jerks, Rudimentary Peni, Toy dolls

Every bands music changes over the years, but do you like playing and the style of the old stuff? Well our sound has changed a lot, and we still play a Lot of our old songs. We try and mix it up, because a lot of the kids love our old stuff on top of our new stuff. Good music is good music, so we play what others and we view as our best stuff.

Anything you would like to say to your fans reading this interview? Chinese's Food is Good

What do you guys do on the road to keep busy? Singing really lame songs, and making fun of each other is basically how we survive.

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