Terrica Kleinknecht - guitar
Lauren K Newman - drum kit
Hometown - Portland, Oregon
Palo Verde is an all female, psychedelic, sludge-rock, math-rock, metal, post-punk, instrumental noise duo. Named after the the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station nuclear power plant located in Tonopah, Arizona, the band has performed extensively in the Northwest and have embarked on several U.S. tours, sharing the stage with bands such as Jucifer, Thrones, Black Elk, Japanther, and Kusikia.
Palo Verde’s music is an extraordinary fusion of Black Sabbath fuzz with the primal math-rock hammering of Don Caballero, and the post-hardcore attack of Shellac. Though in actuality this Portland, Oregon duo doesn’t sound particularly like any other band. Palo Verde are occasionally referred to as sludge-rock but it seems like an unfitting description given the pace and vitality of their music, which only occasionally drops to the slow, unrelentingly downbeat tempo which you might associate with the subgenre. The band is an improvised collaboration performing “spontaneous compositions” both live and in the studio with each member harboring their individual, emotional reactions to literature, film or current events which they discuss only briefly prior to recording or a live performance. Upon listening to Palo Verde’s music, it’s hard to believe a band this tight could be anything other than meticulously rehearsed. The duo’s musical cohesion suggests a partnership which borders on psychic. Pocket Jury Zine
Palo Verde has self-released several recordings produced in their home studio. They released their first official CD, History for the Rest of Eternity (recorded to 2” tape at Type Foundry by drummer Lauren K. Newman), in May of 2010 on their own Drunken Beagle Records. The band toured in support of History for the Rest of Eternity in Summer/Fall of 2010. Their latest offering titled, Zero Hour was engineered by Christina Files (drummer for Victory At Sea and Mary Timony; recording engineer for Tara Jane O’Neil and Shipping news; live sound for Shellac).
Drummer Lauren Kathryn Newman also plays in the blistering LKN.
Palo Verde/Cinder Cone Split Cassette (Geweih Ritual Documents, 2011)
History for the Rest of Eternity (Drunken Beagle Records, 2010)
Palo Verde/Hot Victory Split 7” (We Made These Records, 2010)
We Made These Songs-Various Artists 12” LP (We Made These Records, 2010)
Palo Verde: In The Beginning (Self Release, 2007-2008)