Since moving to Sydney my weekends have been jam packed with gigs which I'm really not complaining about, but getting to see Tora after the release of their new album 'Take A Rest' was on the top of my list. A few years back I saw Tora at the Mullumbimby Music Festival and caught their set in the local school hall, and it was damn magical. Members from now Berlin based band Parcels and former Byron Bay based band Potato Potato are all connected with Tora and members from each band have played with one another at some stage. Just a whole lot of musically talented mates.
It was my first time at the much loved Oxford Arts Factory, the space was huge, a lot bigger than I expected and it was well and truly packed out. A vast array of people were there which was cool to see, especially seeing these guys grow from playing school halls to packing out a venue on the bustling Oxford Street in Sydney. Tora's previous releases really resonated well with me, 'Eat The Sun' is a beautifully crafted collection of tracks that really show the diversity that the band can offer.
The bands stage presence kinda put me off a bit, the lead man Jo Loewenthal seemed overall confident, but maybe a bit too confident for my liking, when addressing the audience and it contrasted greatly with the music being produced on the night, but made me feel a little awkward.
Overall the band played a solid set. They're well rehearsed and have really produced some great electronica tracks. I do wish the set was a little more upbeat but regardless it was a nice evening. They still have some shows around the country to go so if you enjoy slowed down electronica and sneaky grooves here and there I encourage you to head along.
Reviewer: Sarah McEwan
Photography: Carlos Walters