Byron Bay Chillwave favourites Tora are back in town, and they have your weekend covered.
It’s been four years since Tora formed in Byron Bay, but that wasn’t necessarily the beginning of the story. Prior to Tora days a few of the lads played in a band named Alice Blu, some of them juggling music and study at the Conservatorium of Music in Lismore. A move to Melbourne followed, but the demise of Alice Blu brought in a period of musical lull before the realisation that ‘city life wasn’t driving our music careers forward”, so toward the end of 2012 Jo Loewenthal made the move back to Byron Bay which is where things started to fall into place.
Jo tells us, “Once I moved back from Melbourne, I started teaching Jai guitar”. After a few sessions Jai & Jo started writing music together and roughly around the same time some of the other guys came back from Melbourne as well. More jams ensued and the decision was made to form a new band – Tora. In the months leading up to this formation Jo was blessed with enough free time spent productively, learning to record and produce music whilst taking on inspiration from artists such as James Blake. The combination of these factors resulted in the signature sound that Tora has evolved into today.
Since forming in 2013, Tora have release 2 EP’s, a handful of singles and have toured the world in their wake. USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia were paid a visit, as well as slots in world class festivals such as Glastonbury, Falls Festival & Splendour in the Grass plus more. Last year they toured with Rufus on their Australian album tour exposing them to crowds in excess of 5000 people, adding to the momentum this hometown quartet have been riding the past four years.
Earlier this month on the 9th June Tora released their debut album, Take a Rest as well as announcing an extensive tour in support. The album has been added to Australian taste-making radio station Triple J on rotation, “things are really starting to kick into gear for us now with the new album”. The coming months will see them heading to Europe in September/October for a headline tour before coming back home for festival season and the possibility of some “collaborations with other artists”.
Having already played the Melbourne and Sydney shows on the tour and being “blown away from the response from the crowd”, the guys are bringing their sounds home for a massive hometown show on Saturday night at The Northern. When asked how they felt about coming home for a show of this magnitude, Jo tells us that he’s “always excited by the thought of playing hometown shows… but this one is going to be particularly good because we’ve got a lot more to offer in terms of production”. Supporting them will be friends Moohki and Angie Hudson.
Tickets are going fast, let’s get behind these lads and show them some love. After all, “it’s always nice knowing you’re going to be playing to a room full of familiar faces”