Jive, Adelaide, 7th July 2017
Byron Bay’s 4-piece electronic/chillwave band, TORA, is destined for a bright future. They came to my attention in 2016, when they supported the very popular RUFUS on their first ‘Bloom’ tour. TORA have also performed at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival, UK, and the highly popular Australian Festivals - Falls and Splendour In The Grass. Finally, they have released their debut album ‘Take A Rest’ after a 2-year germination, largely written while touring Australia, Europe and North America.
I was lucky enough to be part of the elite crowd at Jive in Adelaide on Friday night. I walked into the venue during the early stages of the first act, ALLUME. The audience was completely silent as Allume’s song-bird voice filled the room with her angelic sounds. I felt like I had walked into something very special, almost ethereal. The second support act, MOOKHI, was equally compelling, providing a great start for a wonderful night of music.
By the time TORA took to the stage, everyone was ready for their chilled, lyrical tunes. Many of the audience were already with familiar with the debut album, which is only one month old. ‘Amsterdam’ was the first single released from the album. It contains beautiful harmonies, blissfully pure high notes and euphoric guitar rifts. It’s still my favourite song. ‘Another Case’, the second single released, is a catchy track which sounds a little like a digital remix, with lots of repeated lyrics and chord sequences.
Lead singer, Jo Loewenthal, is a versatile musician. His distinctive vocals give the band it’s unique sound. He also moves seamlessly between guitar and synthesizer, programming samples, many of which are organic sounds, recorded in guitarist Jai Piccone’s garden. On stage, Jai is reserved and seems to hide a little in the shadows, which is understandable for a 20 year old. What is amazing is the history ‘under the belt’ for such a young musician. He is also very versatile. While guitar is his main instrument, he also plays synthesizer and contributes to the wonderful vocal harmonies. Shaun Johnson on bass and Thorne Davis on drums are the stabilizers and beat keepers, completing the full and rich sound of the band. The originality and complexity of TORA’s music makes it completely unique and sets them apart from other electronic bands (in a good way).
On Friday night, the audience was definitely not ready to let the band leave at the end of their set and gave one of the loudest and most sincere encore cries I’ve heard in a while. After the show, the band members made themselves available for a chat with their fans. Lead singer, Jo Loewenthal told me that after this current Australian tour, the band are heading back to Europe, in particular, Germany, where they have a month shows lined up. I highly recommend you catch them if you can.
Friday 22 September 2017 -Das Höchste Der Gefühle Freizeitzentrum West (FZW), Dortmund, Germany
Saturday 23 September 2017 - Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern, Germany Monday 25 September 2017
- Gebäude 9 Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 26 September 2017 - Kulturclub Schon Schön, Mainz, Germany
Wednesday 27 September 2017 - Café Galao, Stuttgart, Germany
Thursday 28 September 2017 - Unterholz Club, Michelstadt, Germany
Saturday 30 September 2017 - Franz Mehlhose, Erfurt, Germany
Monday 02 October 2017 - Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
Tuesday 03 October 2017 - Ritter Butzke, Berlin, Germany
Wednesday 04 October 2017 - Sugarfactory, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saturday 07 October 2017 - Neighbourhood Festival 2017 City Centre, Manchester, UK
Monday 09 October 2017 - The Lexington, London, UK
Tuesday 10 October 2017 - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
Wednesday 11 October 2017 - Botanique - Witloof Bar, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday 12 October 2017 - Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris, France
Sunday 15 October 2017 - B72, Vienna, Austria
Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Exil, Zürich, Switzerland
Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Bleu Lézard, Lausanne, Switzerland
Thursday 19 October 2017 - Neubad, Luzern, Switzerland
Friday 20 October 2017 - Club Stereo, Nuremberg, Germany
Saturday 21 October 2017 - Parterre, Basel, Switzerland
Sunday 22 October 2017 - Strom, Munich, Germany
Monday 23 October 2017 - Neues Schauspiel, Leipzig, Germany
Article & Images by Deb Kloeden