Hey Sandy by Polaris, best known as the theme song to The Adventures of Pete and Pete, has generated a great deal of Internet discussion regarding its indecipherable words. Tera Melos cover version doesnt clarify the mysterious third line actually, it further obscures the vocals but it does surgically reattach the haunting refrain from the Beach Boys God Only Knows to the otherwise perky tunes midsection. Hey Sandy appears on the trios free downloadable EP Idioms Vol. 1, which also includes prog/jazzy revamps of Rivers Cuomo, Clash, Pixies and Beach Boys tracks. These familiar melodies might provide a foothold for the uninitiated as they attempt to process Tera Melos math-rock computations. But even people who find Tera Melos recordings as inscrutable as Hey Sandy lyrics should be able to appreciate the virtuosity on display during its shows, which are all about two-hand tapping guitar solos and power-rolling rhythms.
Thu., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2009