Joining the likes of Chet Faker, Flight Facilities and Flume at the forefront of Australia's electronic revolution, Tora is a five-piece chillwave outfit renowned for its ambient three-part harmonies. Formed in Byron Bay in 2013, the band of high-school friends and stepbrothers has become one of the country's most promising acts thanks to a beautifully spacious sound, which proves that less is sometimes more.
Continuing a busy year on the road, Tora will soon take to the stage at Hamburg's MS Artsville, Mexico's Hellow Festival and Copenhagen's Offspring, with headline dates also confirmed in Sweden, Norway and Germany. U.K. fans can also get their hands on Tora tickets with a one-off show scheduled at London's Electrowerkz.
In 2015, Tora teamed up with Merryn Jeann, the lead singer of folk band Potato Potato to record the track, Overcome, and also served as producer for Australian rapper Meals' Phases. Both artists had first worked with Tora on Never With Me, the closer from their 2014 E.P, Eat The Sun. The group's name is derived from a Greek word meaning 'now.'
Frontman Jo Loewenthal, keyboardist Tobias Tsounis, guitarist Jai Piccone, bassist Shaun Johnston and drummer Thorne Davis first started recording in Melbourne under the guise of Alice Blu before briefly abandoning their musical ambitions to focus on various travelling and work commitments. After regrouping, the quintet decided to pursue a more spacious electronic-led direction inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Toro Y Moi and James Blake, debuting their first single, Unobtainable, under the more familiar moniker of Tora.
The group's reinvention gradually began to pay off with the help of various festival appearances including Australia's Splendour in the Grass, where they were crowned local Unearthed winners. Taken from their self-titled 2013 debut E.P., the minimalist electro-soul ballad Calming Her introduced the band to a wider international audience, racking up 100,000 SoundCloud plays in just three months.
The demand for Tora tickets continued to build in 2014 when they released their second E.P. Eat The Sun. Home to the singles Jaigantic and the title track, the seven-song collection received rave reviews across the board with The AU Review commending its rich harmonies and expertly crafted hooks, in particular. By the end of the year, the group had amassed over a million SoundCloud plays and kept the momentum going in 2015 with the shimmering electronica of the brand new single, High Enough, as well as festival sets at the likes of Best Kept Secret, Boardmasters, Somersault, The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week and Mayfield Derby.
Tora is an experienced live act fully capable of transferring their studio techniques to the stage. The band members meticulously rehearse each number, often stretching the original version to make it fit in a live setting. But they aren't afraid of spontaneity either, regularly closing their sets with extended jam sessions or putting their own stamp on other artist's work including Little Dragon's Twice and Kasabian's Fire. Fans with Tora tickets should therefore look forward to an energetic show.
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