Halo Tora on track for new al­bum launch

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

North La­nark­shire rock­ers Halo Tora are gear­ing up to re­lease their de­but al­bum.

The five­some hail from Air­drie, Coat­bridge and Shotts, and have be­come known on the Scot­tish mu­sic scene for play­ing mu­sic that touches upon prog rock, pop and sheer noise.

Now they’ll launch first al­bum Omni/One with a show at Au­dio in Glas­gow on Fri­day Septem­ber 4 - and the gig is al­ready sold out.

“We re­ally didn’t think it would sell out so quickly, and it’s great,” says singer Chris Alexan­der.

“Our Glas­gow crowds have his­tor­i­cally been pretty good, but we played at the ABC with Marc Tre­monti of Al­ter­bridge (the Amer­i­can rock band), as he’s got a solo pro­ject, and it was an amaz­ing show.

“I think that’s got a lot to do with why our own show has al­ready sold out, be­cause we played re­ally well, and got a re­ally good re­ac­tion from peo­ple who wouldn’t know us be­fore­hand.”

Any­one who’s caught the lads - Chris, gui­tarist Ian McCall, drum­mer Chris McKe­own, bassist Mark Young and key­boardist Ryan Con­nery - live will have had trou­ble for­get­ting them af­ter­wards.

At a time when a lot of Scot­tish rock mu­sic tends to­wards the in­die side of the spec­trum, Halo Tora are fol­low­ing their own path.

They’ve been work­ing at Beet­root Stu­dios in Air­drie with pro­ducer Stu­art MacLeod, an ex­pe­ri­ence that the group seemed to rel­ish.

“It was re­ally re­laxed and just fo­cused around mak­ing it the best record that we could make,” adds Chris.

“Stu­art re­ally be­lieves in that way of work­ing - when we’ve recorded demos in the past, or even played in other bands, there’s a pres­sure about get­ting a take right first time, and then if you don’t get it right you have to live with it.

“When you’ve got a pro­ducer who’ll work with you and get the best per­for­mance out of you, and has the skills to do it, then it’s re­ally nice.”

The al­bum comes af­ter sev­eral false starts when try­ing to make a full-length al­bum in the past, but Chris reck­ons the fin­ished prod­uct is worth the wait.

They’re also al­ready plan­ning a stu­dio re­turn for next year, with a UK tour lined up in Septem­ber.

“We’ve al­ready got four or five that’ll def­i­nitely be on it,” says Chris.

“Ideally we want to start record­ing it by March.”

More in­for­ma­tion on Halo Tora can be found at www.face­book.com/ halo­tora or by go­ing to www.

halo­tora.com

Rock­ers Halo Tora will launch their de­but al­bum

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