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Mates on Stage



 Each month we’ll introduce you to a new artist and chances are you won’t know them. 
That’s the idea. But these guys deserve to be known. 
We hope you enjoy…




Genre: Electonic, Pop
Region: Byron Bay, Australia

Formed in early 2013, enviously young Byron Bay group Tora released the single from their debut EP “Calming Her” less than a year ago which clocked up over 100K plays in the first 3 months. Shortly after, they released their self titled E.P that amassed 200K+ plays online and has been championed by influential international blogs Indie Shuffle, Hilly Dilly & Earbuddy. The boys capped off an impressive year by being invited to play their biggest show to date at the inaugural Falls Festival Byron Bay. Not one’s to rest on their laurels, the group returned earlier this year to prove it was anything but a fluke, releasing their second single “These Eyes” which racked up 120k views in just three weeks.

This month Tora return with ‘Overcome (ft. Potato Potato)’. The track marks the first collaboration between the two Byron Bay artists and came about in a manner characteristic of the laid back beach town in which it was conceived. Explaining the process, Tora’s Jo Lowenthal says “It was created, recorded and produced in Toby’s bedroom”, “(we don’t have) any fancy equipment, we just plug a mic/guitar into a sound card and do the rest in Reason”.

Having been previously compared to James Blake and SOHN and described as a “blend of ambient harmonies, layered rhythms and pulsing soundscapes", new track ‘Overcome (ft. Potato Potato)’ serves to further explore the bands sound. Potato Potato’s vocals melt and coo interspersing with a soulful male harmony and lush synth pads that float a top off-kilter rhythmic changes. All of which serve as an important point of difference for a band on the cusp of becoming a household name.

Jo Loewenthal
Tobias Tunis
Jai Piccone
Thorne Davis
Shaun Johnston

Past Feature Artists:

Wild Child
The Tontons
The Lazy Calm
Hands Like Houses
Crash Kings
Song Preservation Society
The Technicolors
Black Handed Kites
Whisky Winter
Rick Webster
Troy Roberts

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