Hailing from Venice, California, TERRAPLANE SUN is comprised of frontman Ben Rothbard, guitarist Johnny Zambetti, bassist Cecil Campanaro, keyboardist Gabe Feenberg and drummer Lyle Riddle.
Self-described as "blues indie rock folk dance soul," TERRAPLANE SUN blends all of that and more into a rootsy rock cocktail that defies any specific era. While their music occasionally evokes stylings of The Black Keys or Phoenix, they are not married to any trend or scene. It is what happens when four-fifths of your lineup is born and bred in SoCal, pulling together just the right recipe of shared and disparate influences. Frontman Rothbard explains, "I wanted to make this a very classic, somewhat vintage-based bond, where all the tones were kind of timeless, and let the songs do their thing."
Perhaps it is the cinematic quality of their music that has afforded the young TERRAPLANE SUN such swift recognition from the Hollywood creative community. Their distinct sound has found placement in several high profile productions, including big-screen hits like "21 Jump Street" and "Playing for Keeps," as well as popular TV series like "Teen Wolf," "Suits," "Franklin & Bash," "Nurse Jackie," and the theme for A&E's show "Relapse," to name a few.
After tucking themselves away last year for writing and preproduction, the band went into the studio with producer Dave Trumfio (My Morning Jacket, Wilco) to record their current five-song EP entitled Ya Never Know.
In support of the Ya Never Know EP, the band above all looks forward to hitting the road with the new songs, giving and receiving the special energy that comes only in the concert environment. Their intense and intimate live show is just as impressive headlining clubs as it is opening for the likes of Alabama Shakes or Imagine Dragons. LA Times writes, "The Venice psych/blues rocker puts on one of the most intense live shows in the city's local scene. It pulls from the riffage of Zeppelin and the hippy-dippy vibes of their neighborhood, but with enough California pop sunshine to make it go down easy."
The expansive, electric sound of FLAGSHIP was born one humid summer at a music festival in Illinois. Drake Margolnick was there performing on the heels of an EP he had recorded and some friends of his from the band Campbell were there and he asked them if they would be his backing band. It became clear from the first note that this makeshift group had musical chemistry. The group created a sound much greater than the sum of their parts. Back in their mutual hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina it was decided that this musical collaboration should continue.
After forming Flagship, Padget, Harding and Finster immediately began to work with Margolnick on a tight collection of songs -- self-producing and engineering the Blackbush EP. Here, the group began to formulate an atmospheric mixture of pop-minded melodies and passionate, aggressive performance. It was the strength of these songs that attracted the attention of Bright Antenna Records, a label that wanted to see the group grow beyond their regional fan base while maintaining their distinct musical personality. After playing stages across the U.S. for a year, Flagship recorded their first full-length LP with the producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out).
What's in a name? There's little daylight at the start of a day, but equally so as it turns to night. Brooklyn's LITTLE DAYLIGHT has incorporated this dichotomy into every element of their sound. Their penchant for contrast leaves room for percussion big and small, vocals at once intimate and soaring, gravelly guitars tempered by shimmery synths and whispering pads. From the pounding drums of "Overdose" that provide the foundation for frontwoman Nikki's sensuous lilt, to the stormy night drive of "Name In Lights," theirs is a world of lush pop where the song reigns supreme.
A three-headed hydra at work, Little Daylight fired the first shot in 2012, priming the world for their pop aesthetic through a series of official remixes for the likes of Passion Pit, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Freelance Whales. A fully collaborative effort, the re-works paved the way for their own originals to do the heavy lifting, as the band slowly unveiled their full artistic vision as both producers and songwriters.
The band started in the summer of 2012 when Little Daylight's Nikki, Matt, and Eric spent a month at an upstate lake house, sketching the ideas that would become their first singles. Since then, they have stayed true to their DIY approach, even creating the video for their first single "Overdose" themselves. A few days after Hurricane Sandy, Little Daylight took to the street with a team of friends armed with cameras. While Con Edison attempted to restore power, the band raced against the clock, shooting in darkened neighborhoods as Nikki danced in the shadows without a plan or pretence. The result was a clip that captured an infectious, after-hours joie de vivre and further communicated the band's singular perspective.
Little Daylight plans to maintain their hands-on approach, even as their music begins to reach a larger audience, thanks in part to tours with pop luminaries such as Charli XCX and Marina and the Diamonds.