The Terrordactyls are Michael Cadiz and Tyrel Stendahl. Although Michael was born in Baltimore, MD and Tyrel hails from Tukwila, WA, they met in high school on Vashon Island, WA in multimedia class, doing a project where they Photoshopped themselves over pictures of explosions. They then played music, four-square and capture-the-flag together with friends until it all eventually merged into what has become The Terrordactyls.
The Terrordactyls are quite well-rounded individuals. Michael's interests include fabricating truths on job applications, multiple choice questions and running away. Tyrel enjoys guns, organizing his iTunes music library and being good at life. During the brief periods that Michael and Tyrel are away from the gym, they also enjoy watching inspirational sports films and talking about their abs.
Temporarily split in 2008 between Washington state and Brooklyn, before finally both re-settling in the Seattle area, Michael and Tyrel still found plenty of time for music-making. They even released the Mike Bowers EP, covering five songs by the Seattle band (and close friends) The Pharmacy.
On their self-titled album, The Terrordactyls' quirky, lighthearted yet decidedly melancholic pop/anti-folk tunes are augmented by toy pianos, kazoos, and the voice of Kimya Dawson (The Moldy Peaches, Juno). Despite all these charming trappings, though, nothing really serves to take the edge off The Terrordactyls' gutsy interpretation of the sad sweetness (or sweet sadness) of living.