The Terraplanes have just retrurned from a blistering performance at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival alongside some impressive company including TEN YEARS AFTER, British Blues Legend DANA GILLESPIE and JOHN PRIMER. Their electric live sound has seen a whole new league of fans and followers of the band. The Terraplanes have been confirmed for York Blues Festival (April 2023) & HRH Blues Festival at the 02 Academy Sheffield (April 2023) plus much more!...check out the SHOWS page for all gig listings.
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.
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.
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 Stepping Stones recently became the seventh 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 temporarily rejoined the band in September 2021 to help the band put the final touches to their eagerly awaited debut album. The band are collaberating again with Richard Parsons to produce the new album. The final touches of the album were mixed at Pirate Studios, Bristol.