Crashing with ‘The Terms’

The Terms. When most people here this phrase they may think of midterms or even trials and tribulations. But let me assure you of one thing: the terms that I speak of have nothing to do with either. What started as a hobby for the group has rapidly turned into a career.

The Terms formed in Baton Rouge, where they’re currently attending Louisiana State University. Their musical relationship found its spark when Ben Labat met lead guitarist Clyde Hargrove and percussionist Blake Oliver.

The acoustic trio played at local college bars and quickly gained popularity through Ben’s textured voice and Clyde’s haunting guitar. Joined by fellow students, drummer Scott Lasseigne and bassist Greg Chiartano, The Terms emerged.

Their lyric references to love and postmodern realism intertwined with the driven back-beats and bright overtones drove The Terms to their unique original sound. Packed houses throughout Baton Rouge’s club scene continued and The Terms were on their way. The band has performed all over the country from New York to L.A. and everywhere in between and in front of crowds of all sizes. The group is produced by Greg Ladanyi, best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and The Church.

If ever there were a band to make an audience feel like they had gone back in time, The Terms would be the group to do so. Aside from playing their original music, they play everything from The Beetles to Marvin Gaye, whatever it takes to please the crowd and keep them wanting to hear more.

Each of the five band members expressed a life long love for music and the desire to play it as well.

Lead vocalist Ben Labat stated that loves all kinds of music and his style is influenced by The Beetles, The Doors, Johnny Cash, and The Rolling Stones collectively.

The band has an original sound that will put you in an artistic mood no matter what walk of life you are from. After hearing the band perform live I must say that I am the newest fan of The Terms. For more info on the band visit www.thetermsmusic.com.