Better for seeing you VENTS, you illustrious tease, you.
First off, how did the name ‘Tors’ come about?
We grew up in Devon and spent a lot of our time in a place called Dartmoor climbing these ancient rock formations known as Tors. When we became a band we wanted a name that connected us to Devon and the landscape that shaped us and it just seemed to fit, since we’re all so strong…and handsome.
For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?
Probably the best way to describe it is folk/indie/rock – we are huge fans of harmonies and guitar riffs and love a good story telling narrative.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “We Say No”?
Of course, ‘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 it’s own little art form, it’s like breathing, you have to get deflated to let the air in again.
How did the single name come about?
Well, we say it so many times in the song it seemed weird not to reference it.
Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?
As we’ve said collectively I think we’ve all struggled with anxiety, particularly carving out a career in the arts, it can leave you with a lot of time to overthink and there are plenty of knocks and lows to endure. It’s also important to us that we are open about the darker moments, male depression is so prevalent right now in the UK but it’s still so hard to get guys to talk about it and that’s the only way we’re going to tackle it.
How did you find the songwriting process, where was the track recorded?
Well Matt and I (Theo, the one, the only) had written this chorus together and took it to rehearsal to play with, once we got the track behind it gelling we spent the next day getting the verse right. The lyrics actually came pretty quickly, they usually do if the song is personal to us. We recorded it with our incredible producer Bradley Mair (who we would liken to an animatronic deer with a soul) at his studio just outside of Guildford. It’s a beautiful beach-hut-style space he actually built with his own human/god-like hands.
How does “We Say No” differ with “Wilder Days” – your previous single?
We Say No is very different in tone to Wilder Days, both thematically and sonically. We Say No is immediate with it’s pace and drive whereas Wilder Days is much looser and wider in it’s use of space. Wilder Days is a love song to our youth and We Say No is a message of empathy and hope to people struggling with depression.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
As a band we are very much in love with the Eagles, if we could have been around during their heyday we’d have loved to write a song with them. Outside of music we’ve always wanted to have Ainsely Harriott star in one of our videos, we’ve actually found out he’s a big fan of our stuff so maybe one day we’ll make that dream a reality.
How was the UK tour with Tom Walker in late-2017, which live dates are you most looking forward to this year?
The tour with Tom was an unforgettable experience, he’s an absolute legend and an incredible musician. It was our first proper UK tour so we took advantage of every moment and loved exploring all the towns and cities we’d never been to before. I mean, playing to sold out rooms every night with Tom Walker, what’s not to love?