Halo Tora on track for new album launch
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.”
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Rockers Halo Tora will launch their debut album