Words by Isla Brentwood

Tora, The Corner Hotel Richmond Thursday 20th February 2020

The final date of Tora’s “Can’t Buy The Mood” National tour was nothing short of outstanding. 

The four-piece, originally from Byron Bay, delivered an impressively intimate show and the audience at the Corner Hotel was positively frothing as the boys walked on stage. Props should definitely be given to some killer opening sets from Keelan Mak and Huntly who more than delivered and set the mood for Tora’s last gig in Australia for the foreseeable future. 

The band were extremely strong live and their mix of dynamic vocals and dreamy synth soundscapes were an absolute pleasure for the ears. Accompanied by impressive lighting, their energy filled the room and had us dancing from the very first song. The unique blend of vocals from Jo Loewenthal and Jai Piccone is one of the reasons that this band is so engaging (other than Shaun Johnston’s flawless Dad-style). Each complimented the other and they flowed seamlessly together on the night. 

It’s hard to pick, as the set was so strong from beginning to end, but song highlights included “Mother Forgot” and title track “Can’t Buy The Mood” as well as their commercial favourites, “Too Much”, “Another Case” and “Morphine” which closed out the set. 

During the gig, the band announced they are moving to Amsterdam, and I will admit I felt a pang of disappointment that one of our strongest local acts is leaving us for a European adventure. If you’re lucky enough to cross paths with them on the other side of the world, do not miss these guys! But, it’s safe to say I’m not the only Aussie eagerly anticipating the day they return to our shores.