Shotgun Tori

Shotgun Tori

 Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZAF
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Shotgun Tori is a singer-songwriter making indie/folk with an edge. Road-worn vocals that wake up forgotten bits inside you, catchy melodies over acoustic guitar, lyrics that don’t pull punches, it’s music to make you laugh, to make you cry, to make you shake your shoulders, music to live by.

Biography

"A little bit of folk; a little bit of country; a whole lot of raspy cut-to-the-heart feeling." - Rolling Stone Magazine (SA)

Shotgun Tori is, at heart, a storyteller, a woman with a voice and a guitar, her subject matter approached with an interesting, occasionally humorous, yet always insightful life view. Her touching, raw vocal delivery is both tender and powerful, and listeners are left with no doubt that she sings straight from her heart. Tori’s music puts you on the spot, in the moment, while sometimes fun and upbeat, it is often gentle and heart-wrenching.

With way over 300 live performances since her debut in 2011, her personal record being three shows on one day, Tori has toured the length and breadth of South Africa and thrown in Namibia and Mozambique for good measure. Her commitment to her craft and her dedication to performing live has seen her become a music festival staple with performances at Oppikoppi, Strab, Afrika Burns, Mieliepop, Parklife (where she opened the main stage for international headliner Xavier Rudd), Rise & Shine and more.

Sweet Weather, the single, with accompanying video, off her critically acclaimed 2011 debut EP Are We Fine Yet?, had a 9 week run on the MKTV Top 10 reaching the coveted number one spot and a receiving a nomination for an MK Award in the “Best Solo” category. The song also reached the number 2 spot on the Jon Savage 5fm Chart Show.

Her latest music offering, the aptly titled Be Brave, and her first full length album, was released end June 2013. Wanting to retain her musical independence Tori received most of the album funding from fans through an online indiegogo.com crowd funding campaign. The album was produced by Jay “Rambling” Bones and engineered at the legendary B# Studios by JP Destefani. The album is available on iTunes and other digital outlets and physical copies can be purchased directly from Tori at shows.

Tori's Influences include: Ryan Adams, Lucinda WIlliams, The Waifs, Martha Wainwright, The Be Good Tanyas, Ani Di Franco, Amanda Palmer and Leonard Cohen.

So take the time out to listen to Shotgun Tori, she has a lot to say about things you’ll love to hear and get ready to follow her on her adventure, and revel in her desire to live excellently, love big, tour the world and keep on singing about it.

PRESS QUOTES:

"One of the brighter lights in the, happily, burgeoning South African alt-folk scene, Shotgun Tori (aka Victoria Landey) is a passionate, convincing performer." The Citizen

"Shotgun Tori is one of the most convincing performers I’ve seen in a long time ... Definitely a must!" indiedoesit.co.za

"[Shotgun Tori] belts out her folky tunes with a sincerity that draws the crowd in." jhblive.com

"heartfelt and occasionally sorrowful, but leaves you feeling like you’ve been party to something really beautiful" athousandguitars.com

Lyrics

Love Of Folk

Written By: Victoria Landey (Shotgun Tori)

A night in the city of flowers, hey I'm just passing through
Lifted up with the help of a viking lad who'd just passed 22.
We'd been chasing the sun with the rain at our heels,
could hang a left for a diamond mine
But mother she calls so we're headed her way
Over mountains and railway lines.

In a quarry I laid my guitar down, on some old preconceived ideas
and a bluesman demands my attention, like the road on the ride down here.
A kiss for a song? If I get a note wrong, would he step back? I guess that he wouldn't
Cause summer's almost gone,
I could ask him to come when the road calls,
but I wouldn't.

We hit the road for the love of folk.
We hit the road, it's the life we know.
We hit the road like there's nothing to lose
But it's taking it all everyday this, the life that we choose.

Through to sun valley in search of a gap in the clouds
Rain a fly in my whisky, that I'm just picking out
A voice in my head, and outside Kill City Blues.
Oh everyone's a critic, ain't that the truth.

We hit the road for the love of folk.
We hit the road, it's the life we know.
We hit the road like there's nothing to lose
But it's taking it all everyday this, the life that we choose.

Be Brave

Written By: Victoria Landey (Shotgun Tori)

You made your bed, you lie in it, that's what we're told.
But if the end of the world is coming this weekend,
There's no getting old.

There's rules you see and laws we're taught we must obey
But if the end of the world is coming sometime today
I'm not gonna behave.

Throw caution to the wind, be brave
There's no time now to be saved
It's too late to repent, don't bother with the rent
There's threesomes to arrange
last minute I think I'll start a bar fight over short change.

Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey looks like we're gonna die tomorrow anyway
Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey tonight I think I'm gonna throw my name.

Now there's nowhere left to run
Cause the fun police have come
To lock up everyone
And no saviour has come.

Throw caution to the wind, be brave
There's no time now to be saved
It's too late to repent, don't bother with the rent
There's so much still to do
last minute I think I'll be like Desmond & the Tutus and get a tattoo.
I'm gonna get a tattoo.

Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey tonight I think I'm gonna throw my name.
Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey looks like we're gonna die tomorrow anyway

Wooden Decks

Written By: Victoria Landey (Shotgun Tori)

On wooden decks, surrounded by concrete, there's you & your cigarette.
You're weaving the tales with the smoke as you breath,
About all the adventures we've left.

How we'll sail across the ocean on an air-conditioned yacht.
How upon our return we'll recycle a lot.
How we'll climb mountains like you did in Russia, we'll reach such great heights.
Cause that's something we'd love to do with our time.

I'm on a wooden deck, surrounded by trees and jacuzzis and beaches and wine.
Whilst you're stuck in an air-conditioned office,
waiting for the right time to resign.

So I'll hold your hand in the airport, your face in the car
And we'll drive as far as we need, to where we both are
And I'll sing into mics wrapped with battery-powered fairy lights
And you'll find something you'd love to do with your time.

Cause these are the minutes and hours that make up our days
And this is your life and you get to choose your own way
So we'll sail across the ocean, mark off cities in the atlas
And make doing what we love, common practice.

Neon Lights

Written By: Victoria Landey (Shotgun Tori)

Leaning on the counter of my heart, a stain of your love
And I'm scrubbing and I'm scrubbing, but I can't get you out.

Sugar, I've got strains of you in my blood, made me sweeter
So now I'm tasty, tastier, but still so full of doubt.

You were the neon lights in my fractured spaces,
the neon lights to my childish graces
You were the fire in my darkest places
and it's you held the mirror to my two faces.

You're heart-shaped and my star-shaped love it's doesn't fit here
So I morphed, and you morphed but it wasn't enough.

You were the neon lights in my fractured spaces,
the neon lights to my childish graces
You were the fire in my darkest places
and it's you held the mirror to my two faces.

Discography

'Are We Fine Yet', released Nov 2011 - Debut EP

'Be Brave', released June 2013 - Album

Set List

1. Skin You're In
2. Be Brave
3. Neon Lights
4. Nights Like That
5. Sweet Weather
6. Love of Folk
7. Dear John
8. Some Sort of Grace
9. Wooden Decks