Ahead of their forthcoming UK / European shows, Jo Loewenthal, Jai Piccone, Thorne Davis and Shaun Johnston, collectively known as Byron Bay, Australia’s band Tora, present their complex and feel good, fetching electronic sound, off their debut album ‘Take A Rest’, released on 9 June.

Singer Jo Loewenthal explains: “Most of the songs on the album have been written over the last 2-3 years and were influenced by experiences we had whilst touring the world, resulting in quite a broad sound. We borrowed a few synths from friends, and we recorded a lot of organic sounds in the cactus garden at Jai’s house, where a lot of the songs were produced. Some of the songs have flies, bamboo creaking in the wind, washing machines and even the sound of us scraping and hitting cactuses with rakes.”

He adds: “A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancey than anything we've made before, so the title is not so much referring to the sound of the music, but more so an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and 'take a rest' from their responsibilities while they listen. Making the music was our way of escaping reality and finding a peaceful place in our minds, so we hope the listener can find that same place when listening.”

Can you talk about your debut album ‘Take A Rest’…What were your main influences and vibes whilst writing it?

It was quite an eclectic range of influences, we we’re living in this really amazing space fairly far from any towns or people for a about a month when writing. Big gardens with lots of cactuses, a swimming hole, incredible views. I think that played a huge role in how the album sounds. In terms of musical influence, it was very broad as we all have different tastes.

You have a series of UK / European shows in October…Tell us why we should be there

New music, new show, new instruments, tighter playing, better sound and hopefully more energy.

What do you miss the most of Byron Bay, when you are touring…

Slow warm days, blue skies, familiar faces and your own bed.

What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?

It’s always a great feeling when you really know the audience is feeling the set and responding in their own way. When people look comfortable and are having fun, that’s my favourite

What distracts you while you’re on stage?

Sometimes crowds clap out of time and its a little off-putting, but you have to appreciate the effort.

How would you describe your style?

A melting pot of influences cooked into a chill, smooth electronic listening experience

What was the first album you purchased?

Probably Red hot chilli peppers greatest hits :’)

If you weren’t musicians, what would you be and why?

I’d probably focus my energy more into graphic design and skateboarding. Its really hard to know!

Tickets on sale now from toramusic.com.au

Fri 22-Sep Dortmund, Germany – SissiKingKong Festival
Sat 23-Sep Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Bar    
Mon 25-Sep Cologne, Germany – Gebause 9
Tue 26-Sep Mainz, Germany – Schon Schön
Wed 27-Sep Stuttgart, Germany – Café Galao
Thu 28-Sep Michelstadt, Germany – Unter Holz
Sat 30-Sep Erfurt, Germany – Franz Melhose
Mon 02-Oct Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich
Tue 03-Oct Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzka
Wed 04-Oct Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Sugar Factory
Mon 09-Oct London, United Kingdom – The Lexington
Tue 10-Oct Brighton, United Kingdom – Hope And Ruin
Wed 11-Oct Brussels, Belgium – Witlof Bar – Botanique
Tue 17-Oct Zurich, Switzerland – Exil
Wed 18-Oct Lausanne, Switzerland – Bleu Lezard
Thu 19-Oct Luzern, Switzerland – Neubad
Fri 20-Oct Nuremberg, Germany – Club Stereo
Sat 21-Oct Basel, Switzerland – Paterre
Sun 22-Oct Munich, Germany – Strom
Mon 23-Oct Leipzig, Germany – Neues Schauspiel


By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM