Brian McTernan
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Brian McTernan

Brian McTernan
McTernan performing with Battery in 1998
McTernan performing with Battery in 1998
Background information
musician, producer

Brian McTernan is an American musician and record producer from Baltimore. As a musician, McTernan served as lead vocalist for hardcore outfit Battery, guitar player for Ashes, and bass/guitar player for Biology.

McTernan operates a studio called Salad Days in Baltimore, titled after the Minor Threat song of the same name and has produced albums for a number of notable artists, including Emarosa, Darkest Hour and Hot Water Music.He was voted to be one of the 50 most influential people in Maryland by The Daily Record.[1]

Early life

McTernan was born in Bethesda, Maryland. During his youth, he spend some time in a psychiatric hospital due to depression, which he addressed on Battery's 2017 song "My Last Breath".[2] He dropped out of high-school at the age on 17 to tour with Battery.[3]

He comes from a family with many hardcore punk music ties. His brother Mike McTernan is the singer for Damnation A.D. and When Tigers Fight. His brother Peter played drums for Good Clean Fun for a short period of time.[]


McTernan joined Ken Olden, Matt Squire, Toshi Yano and Zac Eller to form Battery in 1990. Originally called "Fury", the band released their first record in 1991 on Deadlock Records.The band broke up in 1998 but reunited briefly in 2012. In 2017, the band reunited for good, releasing a new compilation, For The Rejected By The Rejected, and embarked on a tour of Europe.[2]

McTernan was also a songwriter and guitar player for the rock band Miltown, which was signed to Warner Brothers. Miltown broke up in the studio before the debut album was completed.

In 2005, he joined From Autumn To Ashes drummer Francis Mark, Every Time I Die bassist Josh Newton and Cornbread Compton of Engine Down as a bassist to form Biology. Signed to Vagrant Records, the band released one album, Making Moves, produced by McTernan, in 2005 and broke up in 2008.


In 1995, McTernan moved to Boston to be near his future wife who studied at Harvard University. He started his recording studio "Salad Days", naming it after a song by Minor Threat from their 1985 EP of the same name, in the basement of the house he shared with six roommates.[3] The first recording produced by McTernan was the eponymous 1995 EP by New York City based post-hardcore band Texas Is the Reason for Revelation Records.

In 2000, McTernan and his wife moved to Beltsville, Maryland, where the studio was again located in the basement of their house which also housed the musicians who lived there during the recording sessions.[3] McTernan specialized in recording up-and-coming unsigned artists who, when later signed by major labels, told them about McTernan's work, the word-of-mouth advertising gaining him contracts from major indie labels such as Equal Vision Records, Vagrant Records, Epitaph Records or Fueled by Ramen.[3]

At the insistence of his wife, McTernan moved the studio again in 2005 by converting an empty house in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore into a state-of-the-art recording studio with spacious living quarters where the musicians still live in McTernan's studio while recording, a rarity in modern times.[3]

Recordings produced

Year Artist Album title Label Notes References
1995 Texas is the Reason Texas is the Reason Revelation Records EP
1995 Frodus F-letter Double Deuce Records [4]
1997 The Ducky Boys No Gettin Out GMM Records
1997 30 Seconds Over Tokyo All Ages Pie Eating Contest Beer City Records EP
1997 Cast Iron Hike Watch It Burn Victory Records
1998 In My Eyes The Difference Between Revelation Records
1998 Cave In Beyond Hypothermia Hydra Head
1998 Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky Equal Vision Records
1999 Snapcase Snapcase vs. Boysetsfire Equal Vision Records Boysetsfire tracks produced by Morgan Walker
1999 Drowningman How They Light Cigarettes In Prison Revelation Records
1999 Piebald When Life Hands You Lemons Hydra Head
1999 Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea Fueled By Ramen
2000 The Explosion Flash Flash Flash Jade Tree
2000 Cave In Jupiter Hydra Head
2000 Drowningman Rock and Roll Killing Machine Revelation Records
2000 Darkest Hour The Mark of the Judas MIA Records
2000 The Movielife This Time Next Year Revelation Records
2001 Fairweather If They Move... Kill Them Equal Vision
2001 Strike Anywhere Change is a Sound Jade Tree
2001 Jersey Definition Fueled By Ramen
2001 Hot Water Music A Flight and a Crash Epitaph Records [5]
2001 The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem Drive-Thru Records EP
2002 The Minor Times Chris Chambers Never Misses Hex Records EP
2002 Thrice The Illusion of Safety Sub City [3]
2002 Snapcase End Transmission Victory Records
2002 Hot Water Music Caution No Idea
2002 Engine Down Demure [6]
2002 Recover Ceci n'est pas recover Fiddler Records EP
2002 Hot Rod Circuit Sorry About Tomorrow Vagrant Records
2003 Snapcase Bright Flashes Victory Records
2003 Strike Anywhere Exit English Jade Tree Co-produced by Strike Anywhere
2003 The Movielife Forty Hour Train Back to Penn Drive-Thru Records, MCA
2003 Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance Island Records [3]
2004 Hot Water Music The New What Next Epitaph Records
2004 Moments In Grace Moonlight Survived Atlantic Records/Salad Days Records [7]
2005 Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now Island Records EP of b-sides and live performances, includes DVD
2005 Bane The Note Equal Vision Records [8]
2005 June If You Speak Any Faster Victory Records
2005 Biology Making Moves Vagrant
2005 Scary Kids Scaring Kids The City Sleeps In Flames Immortal Records
2005 Circa Survive Juturna Equal Vision Records [9]
2005 The Loved Ones The Loved Ones Jade Tree EP
2005 With Honor This Is Our Revenge [10]
2006 Darkest Hour So Sedated, So Secure (re-issue) Victory Records
2006 Strike Anywhere Dead FM Fat Wreck Chords
2006 The Draft In a Million Pieces Epitaph Records
2006 The Loved Ones Keep Your Heart Fat Wreck Chords
2006 YouInSeries Outside We Are Fine Equal Vision Records
2006 Moneen The Red Tree Vagrant Records
2006 Roses Are Red What Became Of Me Trustkill Records
2006 Senses Fail Still Searching Vagrant Records
2007 The Graduate Anhedonia Icon Records [11]
2007 From Autumn to Ashes Holding A Wolf By The Ears Vagrant Records
2007 Circa Survive On Letting Go Equal Vision Records [9]
2007 Hidden In Plain View Resolution Drive-Thru Records
2007 The Bled Silent Treatment Vagrant Records
2007 Thee Armada EP Singles Foundation Recordings EP
2008 Destroy the Runner I, Lucifer Solid State Records
2008 Everlea Everlea Glassnote Records
2008 Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane Equal Vision Records
2008 Senses Fail Life is Not a Waiting Room Vagrant Records
2008 Irrelevant New Guilt Resist Records
2008 Insite es:Insite Esperando A Que Amanezca Movic Records
2008 The Mostly Dead Slightly/Alive Mighty Science Records
2009 Flood of Red Leaving Everything Behind Dark City Records [12]
2009 The Loved Ones Distractions Fat Wreck Chords EP
2009 Darkest Hour The Eternal Return Victory Records
2009 The Sleeping What It Takes Victory Records
2009 Port Amoral Villains Roadrunner Records
2009 This Time Next Year Road Maps & Heart Attacks Equal Vision Records
2009 Harvard The Inevitable and I Enjoy The Ride Records
2009 Emarosa Emarosa Rise Records
2009 Life On Repeat As I Grew Equal Vision Records
2010 We Are The Ocean Cutting Our Teeth Hassle Records
2010 House Vs. Hurricane Perspectives Shock Records
2010 The Graduate Only Every Time Razor and Tie [11]
2010 In Fear and Faith Imperial Rise Records
2010 Senses Fail The Fire Vagrant Records
2011 Dave Hause Resolutions Paper + Plastick
2011 Set Your Goals Burning at Both Ends Epitaph Records
2011 Balance and Composure Separation No Sleep Records
2011 Fireworks Gospel Triple Crown Records
2011 Insite Ahora Soy Yo Contra El Mundo Movic Records
2011 Polar Bear Club Clash Battle Guilt Pride Bridge 9 Records
2012 I Am Empire Anchors Tooth and Nail Records
2012 División Minúscula División Universal Records
2012 Pinsky Weekends Sinking Ship Records
2012 ADALIE Actions Notlit/Vessel Recordings
2013 Senses Fail Renacer [13]
2014 FURY Demo Moshers Delight Records
2014 Angel Du$t A.D. REACT! Records
2014 Emarosa Versus Rise Records
2014 Diamond Youth Shake Topshelf Records EP [14]
2015 Turnstile Non-Stop Feeling Reaper Records
2017 Have Mercy Make The Best of It Hopeless Records [15]


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  9. ^ a b Sculley, Alan (January 26, 2011). "Philadelphia's 'Circa Survive' is going strong". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2018 – via
  10. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (November 25, 2005). "With Honor stays true to its hard-core roots". Deseret News – via HighBeam.
  11. ^ a b Vorel, Jim (September 3, 2010). "Dropouts return as The Graduate". Heralds and Review. Retrieved 2017 – via
  12. ^ Woodman, Chay (October 29, 2010). "Flood of Red; live reviews.(News)". Daily Record. Archived from the original on January 22, 2018. Retrieved 2017 – via HighBeam.
  13. ^ Gomez, Adrian (April 12, 2013). "Senses Fail takes "heavier", new route / Band keeps chart-topping". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2017 – via
  14. ^ Case, Wesley (February 14, 2014). "Band heads in uncertain direction with new EP". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017 – via
  15. ^ "Have Mercy announces new album 'Make the Best of it' to be released April 21st - InqPOP!". InqPOP!. March 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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