July 10, 2013 by Hannah
For indie pop/rock fans, Terraplane Sun is a must-have in your “My Faves” playlist. Since their formation in 2010, Terraplane Sun has played with bands such as Youngblood Hawk and Imagine Dragons—speaking volumes to their dedication, potential, and just how wickedly awesome they really are.
What makes them special is the mix between upbeat tracks and original vocals. We all know when a Grouplove song comes on, regardless of whether we have ever heard it before, because of the distinctive sound they possess. My prediction is that, like Grouplove, Terraplane Sun will soon be instantly recognizable for their edgy and original sound. Second to the vocals, I don’t think I’ve heard a band that can so flawlessly use instruments such as the harmonica, accordion, and trombone all in the same song.
Not only are the five Venice beach boys that make up Terraplane Sun all terrific musicians, but they seem like rad people as well. In their music video for “Get Me Golden,” lead vocalist Ben Rothbard flaunts war paint on his face and a mariachi style jacket, while drummer Lyle Riddle dons a red and yellow polka-dot shirt. If this combination doesn’t scream cool, then I’ve been living life all wrong. If you haven’t already seen their music video “Get Me Golden,” get on it (below); you’ll have no regrets. (more…)
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July 7, 2013 by Cam
Inspirations may include the four confining walls of your bedroom or something sad that happened to you today, like your girlfriend had to work late or you spilled your artisan coffee just after it had cooled down to drinkable temperature levels. With breakthroughs in technology over the past five years, a laptop became the fastest way to gain notoriety and express oneself. That one time you ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the crusts cut off, now you can totally write a song about its symbolic importance as the end of your childhood.
These bedroom recordings have gained popularity with the rise of artists like Youth Lagoon and Perfume Genius whose 2012 album, Put Your Back N 2 It, a silly name for a depressingly serious album, is completely underrated in my opinion. But none of this is to say that Air Review is as talented or interesting as either of those, but they are certainly not as silly as I was making them out to be. (more…)
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June 20, 2013 by Dave
Vancouver based indie rock quintet Said The Whale is midway through a summer tour after just releasing the very well received “I love you” EP (Spotify / iTunes only $2.99!). Luckily for us Tyler was able to take some time off from their very busy travel schedule to answer some questions for Addicted2Shows’ staff writer AJ Dent.
Audio of interview below:
Said The Whale Interview 2013
Listen while you read:
AJ: It looks like you guys are down around San Diego today?
Tyler: Yeah, we will be there today. We’re just driving down the I-5 right now.
AJ: Awesome. Well, if we could first talk about the I Love You EP that just came out – very exciting. It sounds like in these tracks there’s some struggle going on for personal growth, and it seems like you frequently reference family dynamics. What was some of the inspiration behind those songs?
Tyler: Probably family is a huge influence on me and on Ben. It’s hard to say why all that stuff sort of came out at once. I really don’t know what it is; there’s never any real rhyme or reason why we write about what we write about. It’s just whatever happens to come out when we sit down with a guitar and a piece of paper.
AJ: It sounds very organic, just naturally coming out. (more…)
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