This year has been a pretty interesting and fast paced one for the Birmingham based band Torous and with the year being far from over, Music224 were pretty chuffed to catch up with frontman Marc Malone for a bit of a chinwag and catch up. And this is how it went:
Many readers will already be familiar with Torous but for those who are new to Torous and also those who just want to know a little bit more about you guys, can you tell us about the band and how it all came together – I’m also curious to know where the name originated from?
We all met in College. GMT (Bass man) and I (Singer/Guitar Player/Part time welsh speaker) got together for our first jam back in Oct 2010. I had a solo project on the go and we jammed on that for a while, but a lot more casually than what we’re doing with Torous. After Tom started jamming with us, many of the ideas that are now ’10/10 or 4 star singles or whatever’ started coming out and we realised it was worth forming the band and from the ground up and getting to work on it seriously.
For a good insight into the name I’d recommend you watch the documentary on thrivemovement.com where they describe a ‘Torus’ (I came up with the way we spell ours) in all round digestible way – it can sound a little complicated on paper!
Your music has been described as Celtic Hard Rock with a metal edge, which is something that most of us don’t come across everyday – What kind of music has influenced you all over the years and if you could share the stage and play a fantasy gig with any other band, who would it be?
Being of Irish descent and spending some early years of my life in Wales, Celtic music was big on my radar and I always connected deeply to the music. As I did with Rock/Metal when my brother got me into Metallica at the age 7 or 8. The marriage between the genres came naturally to me, songwriting, so I stuck with it, and although it’s only a hint of Celtic sounds in comparison to the obvious Metal edge, those who are familiar with that music would hear it noticeably.
I’d love Torous to open for Tool. The guys would probably say Maiden.
I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Torous play live on several occasions with each performance being a bit of a smasher for me due to Torous’ stage presence, some pretty fab music and of course, GMT’s hair lol – what makes a gig great for Torous and which ones have been your favorites so far this year?
I think what makes a great show for us is to be in our zone. When we are all on the same page energy wise, it doesn’t matter if there are 30 people or 300 people, we perform the same way – and that way is generally on point. We, unlike maybe some bands, expect the crowd to participate if we are not giving it our all. So that’s what we do and then the good response will take care of itself.
As for my fave gigs (or our performances in those gigs), this year have been o2 academy 3 in Jan, the EP launch and our most recent at the Giffard Arms in Wolves. The SOTS all day fest was a highlight tho too.
April, May and June were important months for Torous with time being spent in the studio, followed by the launch of your outstanding EP ‘Dried Bones’. The EP received some pretty impressive reviews from both media and fans alike – how did that make you all feel?
Yeah they were f**king busy alright. I swear I hadn’t slept between the recording and the release of the record in those 3 months. It has gone great and we are very thankful for the people who’ve supported us and enjoyed the songs, media and fans alike. The songs, and the band in general, is hardly foot-tapping ‘rock n roll’ but music that is an interaction between us and the listener so it’s nice to see people have dug it. But honestly, it didn’t really validate anything for us, even though I thought it might. Turns out we are just proud of it for what we did and that was really the best thing. We did something musically that is generally uncommon and didn’t flinch to conformity. (That may sound pretentious but I mean it sincerely!)
There really has been no quiet time for Torous this year and I believe July was spent working on new material – how’s that coming along and when can we expect to hear some of the new songs?
You can expect the next release early 2016, can’t specify what date yet, but we are planning a LOT to go with the release so just stay in touch with us and you will know soon enough.
Autumn is on the horizon and approaching fast and that means we get to see Torous back out on the road again – and I for one, can’t wait! Can you tell us about some of your forthcoming gigs and also a little bit about how the ‘Breaking Boundaries Tour’ will work?
You’re too kind! Well our forthcoming dates are as follows, (note there are more to be announced for winter dates:
Sep 25 The Queens Hall Nuneaton, Coventry United Kingdom
Sep 26 Tower Brewery Burton Upon Trent, Derby United Kingdom
Oct 02 The Freebird Newcastle Under Lyme, United Kingdom
Oct 03 Torous – headline show: Muthers Studio Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 08 Scruffy Murphy’s Birmingham University Metal Society Event
Oct 10 The Haygate, Telford
Playing with fantastic bands ranging from Theia, Children Lost In Time and Quiet The Thief on the Breaking Boundaries shows, where each band will headline a date above and on the latter two dates we will be joined by Kataleptic, The Mighty Wraith and Martyr De Mona (and more). Set to be very strong nights so if you are a regular, you don’t wanna miss it! If you are new, then come and meet us and we will party together (after you arrive you might wanna teach us how to party).
And what about the fourth and most serious member of Torous – Angry Bird – will he be venturing out of the nest and joining you on the road this Autumn aswell?
After the Angry Bird was saved from the clutches of Drayton Manor’s corporate grasp he has been at most of our shows so we will continue to follow suit with this. If you don’t come to a show for us, do it for the bird.
Many thanks going out to Marc for taking time out to speak to us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Interview by Sue Wardle and Photography by Billibee Creative