NICK SCRASE - Guitar/Vocals
EDUARDO ALLEN - Harmonica
TOM TURNER - Drums
PAUL VEAL - Bass
Hailing from Bristol UK, The Terraplanes Blues Band have established themselves as a force on the UK blues scene. The band's brand new album Stepping Stones hit #4 in the UK blues chart and the group embarked on their first small tour including a return to London (GAZ'S ROCKIN' BLUES CLUB, Soho). Stepping Stones is The Terraplanes first full album. Twelve original tracks full of swagger and style, reminiscent of the British R'n'B boom of the 1960's. The album follows the band's breakthrough E.P release Midnight Train (May 2020). This band have a sound that's unmatched in the current era of blues music..a sound that has seen their popularity grow massively in the last two years.
GAZ'S ROCKIN' BLUES CLUB, LONDON. JULY 2021
In January 2022 the band headed up to Skegness to play The Great British Rock & Blues Festival alongside some impressive company including CONNOR SELBY, British Blues Legend DANA GILLESPIE and NINE BELOW ZERO. An appearance at Wotton Under Edge Blues Festival is confirmed for September 2022. The Terraplanes also have been confirmed for a return to Skegness (Jan 2023), York Blues Festival (April 2023) & HRH Blues Festival at the 02 Academy Sheffield (April 2023).
THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL. BUTLINS, SKEGNESS JANUARY 2022
Formed in 2013 as a duo, Nick Scrase and Eduardo Allen shared a love of authentic delta blues when they met during an open mic night in Bristol. The pair took their name from the first record ever released by legendary bluesman and huge influence of both..Robert Johnson. Luckily for them, Bristol has a great amount of venues for all genres and they quickly started making appearances at small pubs and acoustic showcases. In 2014 Nick and Ed had residency at Under The Stars, a harbourside boat/bar, played the Oxjam Festival and the famous MOLES CLUB in Bath. Around the end of 2014, the songs that Scrase was writing were more suited to a four piece so they started to look for musicians to form the band.
Jiri Holec, a Czech double bass player joined the band in 2014, joined by Mark Liam on the drums. The local music circuit is where they cut their teeth. The first songs written by The Terraplanes were The Rambler and Voodoo Blues. These two tracks became the staple Terraplanes sound and would go on to be part of the Midnight Train E.P released May 2020. A very early recording of another (unreleased track) "TELL ME" is available here to listen to.
The next two years would see Jiri and Mark depart from the band. Tom Turner (drums) joined in 2015 and Andy Wood (bass) in 2016.
THE GREENHOUSE, BRISTOL 2013
THE BIRDCAGE, BRISTOL 2014
MOLES CLUB, BATH 2014
More original songs were coming regularly into the live sets with Midnight Train, Catfish, Ain't Had No Lovin' and Get Along helping to build the sound and make the band believe there could be more to come.
The ambition of the band then was to record..an E.P maybe. In 2019 The Terraplanes applied and were accepted onto an artist development programme. Under the wing of MAS RECORDS, a scheme with patrons like Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, the band gained mentorship and guidance in helping them achieve their goal of getting their music out into the world.
At the end of 2019, Andy Wood unexpectedly left the band and was replaced by Mark Clark on the bass. In February 2020, The Terraplanes recorded their debut release at FACTORY STUDIOS, Bristol. A five song E.P titled Midnight Train. The E.P was sent to radio stations in the hope it might get some airplay. On it's release of 9th May it hit the top 5 spot on The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Chart and stayed in the top 5 for two months.
The record continued to be played throughout the year and was #10 for the whole of 2020 for independent UK blues radio plays. All five singles were also played by Adam Crowther on BBC Upload. Latest single Highway 61 recently became the sixth song to get some BBC airplay, something the band are very proud of.
Midnight Train has been played on radio shows across four continents and still gets regular airplay.
Andy Wood rejoined the band permanently in September 2021 as the band put the final touches to their eagerly awaited debut album. The band are working again with Richard Parsons to produce the new album. The final touches of the album were mixed at Pirate Studios, Bristol.
MIDNIGHT TRAIN RECORDING SESSIONS. FACTORY STUDIOS FEBRUARY 2020
THE TERRAPLANES - MIDNIGHT TRAIN THE E.P (2020)
ALL FIVE SINGLES FROM MIDNIGHT TRAIN WERE FEATURED ON BBC UPLOAD
"A BRILLIANT BAND! HARD-HITTING TRADITIONAL
BLUES VIBES...I LOVE IT!"
-ADAM CROWTHER BBC UPLOAD, BBC RADIO BRISTOL November 2020
IBBA PICK OF THE MONTH MAY 2020
"AN EXTRAORDINARY BLUES BAND,
A DEBUT E.P THAT'S QUITE SIMPLY SUPERB!"
- BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE December 2020
"THE TERRAPLANES HAVE A RAW, AUTHENTIC SOUND CAREFULLY BUILT INTO THEIR DNA.
A HEADY MIX OF DRIVEN & LAID BACK BLUES. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?"
- SHAUN FREKE, BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE August 2020