Devon based Tors are on the rise. The band have recently put out their first EP Wilder Days after delivering one compelling single after another. They’ve already received a lot of praise from radio and press, and continue to win fans with their supreme harmonies and honest, heartfelt lyrics. It’s refreshing to see a young band with genuine passion to craft songs with beauty and meaning; songs that create an impact that doesn’t fade away.
Give Wilder Days a listen and find out more about Tors in the following fun Q&A with Theo.
Eva: I believe the name Tors is connected to Devon, is that right? Can you tell me more about it?
Theo: Eva you are more correct than you will ever know! We grew up in Devon climbing these incredible rock formations dotted around the Dartmoor skyline called Tors. While we were thinking of names, they came up in the conversation and we thought “they’re strong, they’re mysterious and they’re unconventionally beautiful… just like us!” so the name stuck.
At what point you guys decided that you wanted to play music together, and what inspired you to do so?
When we realised how much money you can make as a basically unknown and unsigned band! But genuinely, we’ve all been musical but very separately. Matt was songwriting professionally for other artists and I was actually in a musical comedy duo working on a radio 4 pilot. Jack was somewhere on the M25 playing his guitar to broke down cars. We’d never tried writing music together and one day we did for a J-pop band I believe, and it worked really well, we’ve never looked back.
So what’s the story behind your track We Say No?
We Say No is a very personal for us, it’s about depression and overcoming what can feel like a tidal wave of anxiety; the idea that there is worth and light in the struggle itself. As a band we’ve been knocked back enough times that building ourselves back up turns into its own little art form. It’s like breathing, you have to get deflated to let the air in again.
Tell me about the creative process in the band. Where do the ideas and inspiration come from?
We like to sit in a semi circle and huff industrial strength varnish. BUT if that doesn’t work then mostly Matt begins with a melody, then we’ll fit lyrics to it and rehearse until we hate it. That’s when we know it’s finally ready.
Do you remember your first ever live show? How much have you evolved since then?
Yes indeed, and unfortunately so do a few others. We hear the therapy is helping though. We’ve worked pretty tirelessly since then, honing our harmonies and writing, so hopefully we’ve improved in that sense! We also stopped wearing roller blades, that seems to have helped.
What’s your favourite thing about being on the road?
Getting to go places you wouldn’t have before. For us travelling and environment are such a huge part of our creative process and our sanity in general. When you’re touring and gigging, you find these gems of places and people, especially when you’re doing it on the cheap. It’s inspiring that there’s so much love and warmth out there for a bunch of musical idiots like us.
Have you learned anything valuable from any of the bands/artists you have shared the stage with so far?
Absolutely, a couple in particular have been really inspiring – Tom Walker who we toured with last October was probably the nicest and most down to earth man we’ve ever met in music. He had a lot of wisdom and a lot of time for us, which doesn’t happen often.
In terms of craft, Flyte have always geared us on to up our game and work even harder. Their live show is stunning, the harmonies, the instrumentation… You can tell they’ve put an awful lot of thought and hard work into it.
Who else would you love to tour with in the future?
We’re big fans of The Lumineers, so a tour like that would be a dream come true.
What shows and festivals are you looking forward to playing the most in the upcoming weeks?
We’ve got The Great Escape this week in our spiritual and literal birth place Brighton, so that’s gonna be amazing. We are playing on Friday too so I expect we will be making some life long memories that won’t last the night.
The best thing you could ever achieve with your music would be … selling out Wembley stadium – and as our opener a cooking demonstration from our hero and genuine Tors fan Ainsley Harriott.