Video for Witch Proof, taken from Totem Terrors Freeze Tracks ep. Directed by Joe "One More"; Marvelly.
Video for Chicken, the second single from Totem Terrors second album Hard Science. Directed by Dub Terror.
Video for Narrowman from Totem Terrors second album Hard Science. Directed by Rhodri Thomas. Winner at the 2015 Cardiff Mini Film Festival.
Video for Disco Tryst, the first single from Totem Terrors début album Repeat Play Torrent Rar. Directed by The Hounds of Czar.
Totem Terrors is a Welsh post punk band from Cardiff formed in 2011. The band currently consists of primary songwriter and core member Max Hicks (vocals, bass, guitar), Elliot Blake (drums) and Joe Sewell (guitar, bass, vocals). Blake and Sewell joined as members after first appearing as extras in one of the bands videos. Totem Terrors' sound incorporates a wide range of influences, including post punk, 1980s art rock, garage rock and contemporary noise rock.
Totem Terrors was initially formed after the break-up of another band, Joy of Sex, which featured Hicks along with percussionist/singer Rosie Smith and guitarist/singer Matt Thomas. After Thomas left, Smith switched to guitar and formed Totem Terrors along with Hicks and a drum machine.
As a two-piece, Totem Terrors released three albums: Repeat Play Torrent Rar (2013), Hard Science (2015) and Remainders (2016), although the latter was a retrospective compilation released after Smith had left the band to concentrate on her own project Oh Peas!
The band is known for its unpredictability, humorous blunt lyrics, and playful visual aesthetics best seen in the bands videos.
"reminds you of the true spirit of music videos and why they exist in the first place"
"a blistering piece of minimalist post-punk"
The video for 'Narrowman', directed by Rhodri Thomas, wins the Audience Choice Award from a pool of 15 shortlisted music videos by a process of public voting.
"Totem Terrors are a band you need to sit up and take note of - what a bloody band"
Totem Terrors second album 'Hard Science' is released on the band's own Diet Pops label. The album features artwork by Adventure Time artist GHOSTSHRIMP
"insanely danceable and equally excitable"
"a sheer blast and a swift punch in the gut"
"a low key, off kilter post-punk gem"
"Tongue-in-cheek horror film aesthetics pair perfectly with the band’s dark and minimal approach to songwriting"
Totem Terrors appear on Alt MV YouTube channel, performing 'Lies' live in the studio
During February-March 2015 we appealed to our fanbase and successfully ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to press our second album 'Hard Science' which was subsequently released on June 29th 2015 on our own Diet Pops label.
"exude playfulness, ingenuity, and sardonic wit"
Totem Terrors debut record 'Repeat Play Torrent Rar' is released on the band's own Diet Pops label. The artwork features the band name in non-tactile Braille.
During November-December 2012 we appealed to our fanbase and successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to press our debut album 'Repeat Play Torrent Rar' which was subsequently released on April 8th 2013 on our own Diet Pops label.