With just a matter of days to go before this year’s Barn On The Farm festival commences, we grabbed Devon band Tors for a chat ahead of their set on Friday as part of Intimate Friday. Want to know how Cliff Richard peeling an orange with his feet is relevant to any of this? Read on.
Hey! First and foremost we want to express our love for ‘Merry Go Round’, we love it! The live video is great too, what inspired you to do it live?
Thanks very much, we’re glad you like it! You have good taste haha. We decided to put out a live version of Merry Go Round mainly as a test to ourselves and our harmonies, they’re the part of our music we take the most time on definitely and we’re constantly trying to improve. So, putting ourselves in a live setting like that removes any safety net and drives us to do better. It was also a test of the song itself, a principal we have with any song is if you were to strip it back to just acoustic guitar and vocals would it still stand on its own? We hope Merry Go Round does!
We hear on the grapevine that you’ve been recording new stuff, what can we expect from it?
That’s very sensitive information! Yes, we just took a couple of weeks off and locked ourselves in a shed in Devon hashing out some new music. It’s such an amazing place to get lost in and kind of relax while working stupidly hard if that makes sense? A lot of BBQ’s, bourbon and late night vocal takes! There’s not a huge amount we can reveal other than there’s plenty of harmonies and some unexpected new sounds, for us anyway (a very vague and wanky music term! Sorry). The tracks we’ve been working on definitely have more of a summer, festival feel to them too and we’re very excited about them.
When do you think we’ll get to hear some of it?
VERY soon! Before the next solstice, we’re sure. (No idea what a solstice is).
What’s next for Tors, post summer?
We have a few very exciting shows we’re currently planning and of course putting out new music, videos and wild boar into the world again. We might start up a roadside Tombola too, somewhere on the M4 – just a passion project really.
You’re playing the intimate Friday at Barn on the Farm Festival next week, looking forward to it?
An insane amount yes! It’s such an honour to have been invited to play this year and Barn on the Farm is genuinely our favourite UK festival, the whole ethos of relaxing and just focusing on the music is very exciting and refreshing to us, plus the lineup is insane! We cannot wait!
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Barn on the Farm Festival?
We can only stay on Friday sadly (we have to shoot off to play more shows), but we’re really looking forward to watching Isaac Gracie, also Sivu who we’ve performed with before so we know how good he is.
If you could collaborate with any artist on the lineup, who would it be and why?
On the whole lineup, we’d love to work with Novo Amor, we’re absolutely obsessed with his track ‘From Gold’ – It would be interesting to see how our two writing styles would mix and could be fun to work on a really up-tempo song.
What can people expect from your BOTF set? Any new material appearances?
Definitely premiering some brand new music yes which we’re very eager to do. Otherwise, a lot of harmonies and a nice mix of the loud and the stripped back.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Festivals have a more cavalier atmosphere for us. With our own shows we know our audience, we know our exact set list and the venue etc. Whereas when we play a festival we’re sort of diving into the unknown a little and that’s a lot of fun. The set can change wildly depending on the crowd, the chat is always a lot more enjoyable and unpredictable, there are plenty of variables that ensure the performance you give is very much its own unique beast. I think you get a lot more ‘moments’ from a festival set.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
We’re hopping down to Cornwall the day after Barn on the Farm to open the main stage at Tunes in the Dunes alongside Primal Scream, John Newman, Billy Ocean etc. So that’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re also playing Lakefest with Feeder, who were one of our favourite bands growing up! Otherwise, we’ve got a bunch of festivals we can’t actually announce yet!
What are your top festival survival tips?
Always wear a massive cape – it’ll make people respect, fear and love you in equal measure which is vital should you get lost/into any trouble. It can also double up as shelter from any unexpected weather/loss of tent.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to BOTF fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
I don’t know if this helps but watching us perform has often been compared to watching Cliff Richard peel an entire bag of oranges with his feet – it’s unexpected, hard to look away from and uncomfortably arousing. Also if you like harmonies, guitars, drum pads and synths then we’re the guys for you.
Catch Tors play Barn On The Farm this Friday as part of the Intimate Friday selection, tickets and more info here.