Terraplane Sun

Independent release, 2012

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


How do you stand out from the pack when you're a rock band in the already cluttered Los Angeles scene? Well, if you're Terraplane Sun, you put on a consistently energetic live show and play it wherever and whenever you can. Putting this idea in motion quickly built a buzz for Terraplane Sun and they saw placement on more TV shows than you could imagine. Their lively brand of folk-rock and blues and country nods was striking a chord with large audiences up and down their own coast, then quickly spread around the country. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

With two well-received albums under their belts already, Terraplane Sun's new six song EP collects some of the staples from their live show. "Stuck In The Middle" starts things right with their laid back Southern California roots in a check, bringing us back to the '60s with a nice addition of an organ. "Ya Never Know" follows, a more groove oriented song with some playful funk and soul coming through via the keys and trombones. "Tell Me I'm Wrong" is a more straightforward rock 'n' roll track, but then a trumpet solo is tossed in – it’s a surprising yet well executed idea that really adds to the song's memorableness.

The second half of the EP has the band returning to the California breeziness with "No Regrets" while injecting a pleasant guitar solo. "Get Me Golden" gets a bit into rowdy campfire territory with some infectious hand clapping and nears an almost Motown feeling with an upbeat, friendly vibe. It's probably their most well known song, featured on national commercials and upcoming movies for good reason – the song is just plain contagious.

This is a consistently strong EP; each song here could easily be a single. With catchy choruses and timeless instrumentation aplenty, the vintage rock 'n' roll combined with frontman Ben Rothbard's twang-ish vocals make this an ideal listen for those keep Wilco, The Jayhawks, or My Morning Jacket close by.

Rating: B

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