“Vintage” has been a popular term in the fashion world for a while now, but California band Terraplane Sun is translating that idea of timelessness into music with an eclectic blend of genres that most everyone can enjoy. Constantly shifting gears from blues to indie to whatever else happens to be in their minds at the time, the five-piece outfit refuses to be constrained by any one definition — even their name. Look out for the group’s upcoming EP, ‘Ya Never Know,’ set for release on July 16 via Trauma 2 Records.
Read more below to find out what the band has to say about their title, but more importantly, why it shouldn’t really matter.
Who came up with the band name?
Was there a selection process?
I wouldn’t call it a selection process, as it was something that just came about over time. It didn’t happen over night. In fact, it’s probably one of the most difficult things about starting a band. You just realize that you’re never going to be happy with anything you come up with, because all it is at that point is a word or combination of words with no identity. The name eventually becomes whatever the band evolves into. If the band is cool, then the name becomes cool. Like Nirvana. That sounds cool now, because they’ve been crowned as the saviors of rock ‘n’ roll, but think about how cheesy that name really is, or could’ve been, had there not been a great band behind it.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
The name was pulled from an old Robert Johnson song called “Terraplane Blues.” A Terraplane was an old American car developed in the ’30s. In the song, Johnson uses his Terraplane as a metaphor for his woman, which I thought was really clever. Somebody had been driving his Terraplane since he’d been gone and upon returning he discovered that it wasn’t running the way it had before he’d left. Other than that, the name Terraplane Sun is hopefully defined by our music.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
I don’t remember any of them being even remotely good. [laughs]
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Spy on Birds.
Any regrets about the name you chose?
No time for regrets. Always moving forward.
Pick up Terraplane Sun’s new single, Get Me Golden.
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