A week on since we premiered their brand spanking new video for “Burning Away”, Brisbane belters Torizon gave us a bit more info about themselves and their music…
How did you meet?
It started with friends getting together to write some music and record until we recruited permanent members which is the current line up. I met Aaron and Sarah online via musicians’ advertising websites, really, which feels like online dating! Jeremy saw us perform at a festival and did some PR work, liked how we work and stepped right in.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Torizon was born at the start of 2019 as a passion project after taking a couple of years off music due to a vocal-cord injury. Our debut EP, the Singles Collection was our first attempt to test the waters and see the music is received. Our singles “Hey You”, “Find My Way Out” and a live cover of “Thoughtless” have gained worldwide interest and international coverage – which we are extremely proud of and grateful for.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We’ll never get sick of this question! The name Torizon is derived from the words torsion and event horizon in black holes. The coupling between spin and torsion generates a gravitational repulsion responsible for an event horizon and singularity. From a personal point of view, when life is difficult, it can feel like you are being sucked in a black hole but it is important to remember that there is a horizon at the end of it all. We shortlisted a lot of names but kept coming back to Torizon as we wanted the name to be unique and also reflect our values as a band without being too wordy or cliche.
What are your influences
They really vary and change a lot as we upskill ourselves musically. At this stage the influences are Gojira, Tesseract, Haken, Evanescence, and Rage Against The Machine – you will definitely hear these in our new single “Burning Away”.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Hmm… I think it definitely has an undercurrent of anger and emotional authenticity even in the most commercial songs. We all have formal music theory education and one thing you hear in all our songs is musical progression, every release is more carefully curated with intention and purpose. It helps that all of us have the same insecurities which fuel the discipline and need to learn more. So I guess our collective low self esteems!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
The message behind the songs are always from my personal experiences. I tend to write about how current and past events have affected me , navigating through them and coming on the other side. My aim is to make our songs relatable and create the same musical connection which helped me get through challenging times. Mental health is always a big pot of musical gold I delve into and I am very open about my struggles with C-PTSD and chronic pain on our platform. Also climate change, and political and religious hypocrisy are heavily featured.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our set has a really nice progression. I am super proud of that… the energy doesn’t drop throughout the whole show. Also our set is punctuated with dad jokes, because I get nervous with banter and deliver lame jokes! We just built a live rig with our own monitoring, DI Kemper and Alpha Omega Dark Glass, digital mixer, IEM’s, live samples, etc. – it is an immersive experience. So far we have been well received in not only our genre but also at metal shows. So humbled! Individually we have played shows at a national level and supported international bands as well. As Torizon is still in its infancy, we have played approximately 20 shows so far.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Witnessed fireworks before our set! Being the vocalist, I am usually in bed pretty early to rest my voice and hear about all the wild things the next day.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Aaron uses a Gretsch renown 5 piece with a Black Beauty snare and Gibraltar hardware. Sarah uses a Legator 7-string from their Ghost Series – honestly it’s THE BEST! Pair it with a Kemper and you get all the brutals! Jeremy uses a Yamaha TRBX505 bass.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
We are pretty lucky that we can plan for 6 months ahead with all the craziness in the world at the moment. We have a handful of shows booked all down the East Coast and we also have our first international tour rescheduled to later this year… but it is subject to travel restrictions. We are also working on a concept EP to be released at the end of this year.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
- Seraphic – Symphonic Metal
- Valhalore – Folk Metal
- The Stranger – Progressive Metal
- Torizon – Alternative Rock
These are all Brisbane bands and I think this line up would really rock!