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A Portland, Oregon based art punk/no wave band: Terraform was formed in the Winter of 2008 by guitarist Ryan Jørgensen and drummer Paul Billy Sobiech. Rather than playing his guitar and singing in a traditional manner, Jørgensen instead focused on making unique and unusual sounds and contorting his voice. The music has been described as spare, noisy, mechanical, and dancey and has been compared to early Devo, Arab on Radar, and various bands from the Bay Area Art-punk scene in the 70s.
Terraform originally consisted of Jørgensen, Sobiech, José DeLara, and Sarah Reichwein, and was so named by Reichwein after a drunken night of squabbling about it at Dekum Manor. Reichwein's presence in the band was very brief, leaving only days before the first show. A few months and five shows later, it was clear than Sobiech's main project, Holy Holy Smokes, and DeLara's main project, Ganglionn, were going to interfere heavily with Jørgensen's plans and ambitions. After the rapid departure of Sobiech and DeLara, he quickly recruited Mark Makowski and TJ Walter, from the local band Dinner & The Maincourse, on drums and saxophone respectively, and Jon Myers on bass.Then, quite unexpectedly, Walter decided he should move back to Southern California and start going to school. With Dinner & The Maincourse breaking up, Makowski decided to go a different route as well. Without a skip, Terraform endured and took onKatarina Lestenburger, a potential sax player from before DeLara even joined the band, and Jeff Brodsky of acts such as Power Nap, Inside Voices, Jeffery Jerusalem, Yacht, and more.
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