Los Angeles-based band, Terraplane Sun, are multi-genre musicians who have mastered so many different sounds that its hard to peg them as one specific thing. While warming up to play three of their songs for KROQ, the band played an international mash-up of different musical sounds—a little bit of gypsy accordion and some Spanish sounds at request. One member called their little jam, the “U.N. of music,” and it was as exciting to see these local dudes go off the cuff, as it was to watch them meticulously weave through an acoustic performance of three of their songs, including current hit single, “Get Me Golden.”
The band is headlining tonight’s Locals Only show at the Roxy before they embark on a tour in mid-October and said that anyone who comes out can expect an “uplifting” show that sounds a lot like their newest EP, Ya Never Know.
During an interview, the band explained that their last album, Coyote, was made in three days and with only $600. Ya Never Know was made with not much more.
“It’s definitely been a very natural evolution. I think Coyote…was coming from more of a bluesier point when we all came together, so the songs that I brought to that record brought out that bluesier feel,” said frontman Ben Rothbard. “…That album was us coming into our own and maybe figuring out how to mesh our influences as a whole, which is really hard.” With their new sound , “Everyone kind of lets each other kind of do their thing, which allows everyone’s influences to really make their mark.”
The band came together, officially, about three years ago and because their influences are so divergent, they say what really brought them together was Rothbard’s voice.
“I definitely think that nucleaus of what brought us all together was Ben and his voice,” said Johnny Zambetti. “At least that was the first thing that I was immediately like, ‘OK, this is worth investing time.’ And putting everything else aside, and this could be the focus. Because we are coming from really varied backgrounds—musical and stuff, too. “ They were attracted to each other for the variance of their sound and the jamming and writing came “organically.”
This organic musical process amounted to catchy, polished songs that sound simultaneously modern and classic.
Check out Terraplane Sun in action tonight (September 30) at the Roxy for their KROQ Locals Only show.
–Nadia Noir, KROQ