Terrance D.H. has been around the block a few times. He's played for all kinds of people: people who haven't wanted to see him, people who don't know who he is, an even people who have wanted to see Terrance and his various bands play. Terrance D.H. knows the pain of performing to an empty (or pretty damn near empty) room, but he also knows how awesome it can be playing to a tiny crowd. “Bouncer” is the song of a man who's gonna keep on rockin', no matter what the world says about it, and that's just the kind of life that Terrance D.H. has led.
Terrance D.H. has been making noise in and around the Salt Lake City area for quite a while, originally as a member of The Stench, who recently reunited to play the SLUG 18th anniversary show. Back in the day, The Stench had a pretty big local following. “We could get 400 people to come to a show,” said Terrance. “We had a big draw, we were fairly well respected, and the promoters liked us.” SLC's The Bad Yodelers liked Terrance too, and when their original singer left, they asked Terrance to step up to the mic. The harder edged sound of the Yodelers can be heard in Terrance's current solo work, but it was in Magstatic that Terrance got his big taste of glory.
During the 1990s, Seattle's SubPop records was one of the biggest and most important indie record labels out there. Sub-Pop was the pre-major label home of Nirvana, Soundgarden and any other number of bands that'll make you reach out and change the radio station, but in the mid-90s, one of the biggest SubPop acts was Sunny Day Real Estate. Now, how does this all relate to good ol' Terrance D.H.? Well, turns out that Magstatic shared management with Sunny Day and they helped Magstatic onto Sub-Pop. “We all thought that was our chance to really make it happen. We were really excited about being on Sub-Pop.” With high hopes, Magstatic put their first 7” out on SubPop and accompanied Sunny Day Real Estate on tour soon after..
“It was so hard opening for Sunny Day every night because the fans were there just to see Sunny Day,” says Terrance. Magstatic was playing to huge rooms, but the people just wanted to see Sunny Day Real Estate. To make matters worse, Magstatic's tenure on SubPop was coming to an end. “Sunny Day Real Estate was trying to get out of their Sub-Pop contract, they wanted to go to a major. It turned into a big battle, and since we shared the same management so they just pushed us all aside,” Terrance said. Things didn't look so hot for Terrance D.H.
But Terrance D.H. Isn't a quitter. He kept on a-rockin' as a member of Magstatic, gigging and touring as much as he could, even if only seven people would show up to Magstatic shows. Terrance also became an engineer, and on accident no less! When The Bad Yodelers were recording with a flaky engineer who would disappear for days at a time, Terrance stepped behind the boards, and it just so happened that he really liked it and he was really good at it. “I recorded so many records with engineers that really didn't care about the kind of music that I was recording. These older guys were just so un-fun to record with. It made me want to be an engineer, make it fun to record, and make it fun to be in a band.” From SLC's Wolfs and Thunderfist to Air Supply and Sum 41, Terrance has helped make them all sound better. Not bad for a guy who was never given a fair chance.
“Bouncer” is the song of a man who only wants to rock, but the world seems to be against him. Sounds about right. No place to stay and nowhere to go, no money and bouncers acting like douchebags. Seems like a pretty typical night for a touring band of any kind. Everyone and their grandma has a band, and everyone and their grandma think that their band is gonna be the biggest band in the world, but that just ain't the case. And who cares? At the end of the day, a band is just a band, nothing more and nothing less. It can be a big part of our lives, but it should never be something that we define our lives by. That doesn't make that everyone and their grandma can't make totally bitchin', dirty fun rock and roll! Terrance D.H. sure is! –Ricky Vigil