"The Terraplanes have a raw, authentic tone 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
Aside from the obvious, what an amazing and crazy year 2020 was! We're so honoured to have been featured in the top two blues magazines in the UK. We've had a top 5 E.P in the IBBA chart and even co presented a radio show dedicated to the band. Directing and producing our own videos has been a particularly enjoyable part of this year. We've had four tracks played on the BBC upload show with Adam Crowther and full length interviews with Simon Campbell for a "Bristol Made Music" podcast and "Reckless Tram", an online mag dedicated to blues and blues harmonica.
Some amazing songs are being written at the moment for an album to be recorded later this year. We've now started to rehearse together and the new songs are sounding pretty amazing! Singer Nick Scrase is now doing weekly solo live streams which have had some great engagement. This website has had hits in North America, Europe, Russia, Scandinavia plus regular radio play in Australia and the U.S. We all miss playing live so much and can't wait
to be able to chat to fans and gig goers in a safe and enjoyable way.
We have some announcements for some real live shows coming very soon.
The best part of this whole journey has been the friendships and connections we've made throughout
this period of lockdowns and we hope you enjoy what we do.
We hope that everybody stays safe and we can all see each other again soon.
"A brilliant blues band full of energy and hard hitting traditional blues vibes.
Hints of country & americana that transports you to the deep south"
"I love it!"
- ADAM CROWTHER, BBC UPLOAD
BLUE BLOODS I DISCOVER THE UNDISCOVERED
ISSUE 117 DECEMBER 2020
Sometimes a band comes along that just fits. Hugely talented individuals, The Terraplanes are an extraordinary blues band who have cemented their position at the forefront of the UK blues scene with a debut E.P that’s quite simply superb. Released in May 2020, Midnight Train hit the top 5 of the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) chart and there it stayed, for two months, a sign that they got their marketing just right.
A hard hitting, polished live band, The Terraplanes are a four piece blues explosion. Tom Turner’s drums have a subtle touch and metronomic timing which marries the perfect backbeat to the classic, dirty blues bass lines laid down by Mark Clark. Eduardo Allen is an enthralling harmonica player influenced by the original masters such as Jimmy Reed and Little Walter with plenty of his own swagger to go with it.
Guitarist and singer Nick Scrase, the creative force of the band having written all the bands original numbers, is just as comfortable singing a sweet blues ballad, emotive and heartfelt as he is belting out a barrelhouse jump blues or gritty R’n’B number. The same can be said of his guitar play, not overstated or flashy, even though his command of the bottleneck is a joy to see. The influence of 50’s and 60’s rhythm and blues and a devotion to dirty slide guitar riffs gives The Terraplanes their inimitable sound - finger pickin’ country blues and high energy, raw R’n’B.
Having crafted their style through consistent gigging and sheer hard work, the band broke out of their local Bristol scene. A fantastically diverse city, Bristol has some great venues for all genres of music, along with an enthusiastic gigging community who love the rich pickings to be found any night of the week.
While the band have not relied on management or external promoters to help them along, Nick Scrase is quick to acknowledge the role MAS Records have played in their development and in helping them to fulfil their undoubted potential.
The brainchild of internationally renowned artist Robert Plant, former vocalist of Led Zeppelin, MAS Records provide mentorship and guidance for musicians, helping bands identify and achieve their goals. They select only the most promising of bands and it was something of an honour to have been chosen.
With a top 5 E.P under their belt, The Terraplanes are looking forward to the future, keen to get back into the studio and record a follow up for 2021. The group are hoping for a return to something resembling the amazing live music scene we all remember. Their latest single Malted Milk was released 3rd October and is available now on all platforms.
What a great feeling it was to read this in the December edition! Can't thank the guys at Blues Matters enough..especially editor in chief Alan Pearce. A truly amazing way to end the year! Thank you