Music interview: Getting to Know Tora

Byron Bay four-piece Tora have just released their debut album, Take A Rest, and are hitting the road soon. We asked them to tell us about themselves. Here’s Thorne from the band:

We are friends that have joined forces create a project celebrating unique music and art, and I think we’re all keen to push the envelope of what is possible in both of those fields.

Take A Rest is like a really good salad. Made with a base of crisp greens, slightly glazed & braised cherry tomatoes, couple nuts for some crunch, roast garlic and pumpkin for sweetness, topped with a tahini-miso dressing for that worldly flavour and mastered with a stalk of mint for additional freshness.

Our upcoming tour will be an opportunity to play new music! Which is possibly more exciting for us than any fan, having toured with the same songs for as long as we did. We’re also putting more emphasis on the visual aspect of the live shows to create a more enthralling experience.

Home is wherever you find happiness.

We spend too much time laughing at bad smells and broadening the scope of internal communication with sometimes foul, generally witty but always funny banter.

It might surprise people to learn that almost all the music we’ve made has been recorded in our bedrooms, parents’ houses and a few haphazard dwellings around the world. Pulling mixes on desktop computer speakers and transforming a simple fart into an edgy synth are among some of the other potential crimes committed, but let’s be honest, if you’re not having fun while you’re doing it you’re not doing it right.

In the future let’s hope airport luggage professionals no longer need to test the build quality of a musical equipment and their cases. Repetitive strain injury is a thing for inanimate objects too #gearforchange #freethegear

Tickets on sale now
23 June / Howler / Melbourne
24 June / Oxford Art Factory / Sydney
30 June / Brightside / Brisbane
1 July / The Northern / Byron Bay
7 July / Jive Bar / Adelaide
8 July / Amplifier Bar / Perth
9 July / Mojo’s / Fremantle

September 22 Dortmund, Germany Das Höchste der Gefühle Festival
September 23 Haldern, Germany Haldern Pop Bar
September 25 Cologne, Germany Gebause 9
September 26 Mainz, Germany Schon Schön
September 27 Stuttgart, Germany Café Galao
September 28 Michelstadt, Germany Unter Holz
September 30 Erfurt, Germany Franz Melhose
October 2 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefahrlich
October 3 Berlin, Germany Ritter Butzka
October 4 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sugar Factory
October 7 Manchester, United Kingdom Neighbourhood Festival
October 9 London, United Kingdom The Lexington
October 10 Brighton, United Kingdom The Hope & Ruin
October 11 Brussels, Belgium Botanique – Witlof Bar
October 12 Paris, France Pop Up Du Label
October 14 Prague, Czech Rep Chapeau Rogue
October 15 Vienna, Austria B72
October 17 Zurich, Switzerland Exil
October 18 Lausanne, Switzerland Bleu Lezard
October 19 Luzern, Switzerland Neubad
October 20 Nuremberg, Germany Club Stereo
October 21 Basel, Switzerland Paterre
October 22 Munich, Germany Strom
October 23 Leipzig, Germany Neues Schauspiel

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Interview by Bobby Townsend.