Salt Lake City band offers Terk-ish Delight

By Autumn Thatcher 

For The Salt Lake Tribune 

Published: January 31, 2011 12:56PM 

If you love “true” rock ’n’ roll — think Elvis and the Beatles — then you’ll want to hear The Terks. They have an EP and two upcoming shows. The Salt Lake band includes Adam Reader (lead vocals), Patrick Coffin (rhythm guitar and 12-string guitar), Eric “Yetti” Hughes (lead guitar), Christian Williams (bass) and Stu Eastman (drums).

What makes the band unique? 

We are dedicated to carrying the torch of true rock ’n’ roll; the one invented by Elvis, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Byrds, Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan and later brought forward by The Who, Jimmie Hendrix, Eric Clapton.  Rock has been dying since the early ’90s. Our goal is to do our part to help revive that sound, so that rock ’n’ roll isn’t a bedtime story we tell our kids. They only know pop music as it is portrayed on “American Idol,” “Glee,” CMT or the Disney Channel. We believe in creating music that is guitar driven, melodic, optimistic and passionate. 

Describe your sound? 

We have the kind of sound that anyone can enjoy. We’re constantly told that our music has a mid-’60s pop backbone combined with a ’90s alternative feel, which is the music of baby boomers and Generation X. We’re equal parts classic, folk and college rock (alternative as they call it now). Most critics and fans say we sound like a mixture of R.E.M., Tom Petty and Pearl Jam. Billy Joel has always been my hero but we’re influenced by many genres.

Do you have any albums? 

Yes, it’s called “We Will Rise Above it.” Actually it’s an EP, six tracks produced by the best kept secret in Utah: Jason Perkins at Bay 4 Studios. Jason is an amazing talent, soon everyone will know him. We have five songs in heavy rotation on Internet radio, and they’re doing very well. It’s a good little rock ’n’ roll record. It is available at our shows and online.

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