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The Torrent

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"Shows that Rocked Toronto Last Week"

Sun, Jan 27


Luckily, the revival of garage rock has given local trio Soft Copy a chance to make some noise with their steady rhythms and ego-free guitar solos, a welcome contrast to the streaky follow-up by Halifax shoegazers Sleepless Nights.

Armed with sunglasses and nonchalance, the Torrent are the kind of kids who remind you why it’s cool to be in a band. The languid stance of singer/electric violinist Cameron Groves is in perfect balance with the erratic energetics of Mikey B. on guitar. Tara Azzopardi hangs back on keys and a four-piece drum kit, her youngish voice occasionally pushing out through the drone. This drone is what defines the Torrent’s sound, as the digging guitar and keys tear underneath Cameron’s wallowing bellows.

Watching the Torrent is like looking through an old View-Master; around the edges there may be a faded punk nostalgia, but this only works to bring into sharp focus their bright and innovative centre.
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"The Torrent's Wavelength Interview"

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“If we suddenly found out we were a hip hop band we’d be relieved, because describing the kind of music we play is always a struggle.”

The Torrent should always be photographed in black and white. It suits their no-wave synth songs about desperate love and Catherine Deneuve. It’s amazing the trio find time for music, considering they boast talents like, writing, illustration, acting, and filmmaking between them. Evan Dickson asked Tara Azzopardi, Cameron Groves, and ex-Hidden Camera member Mike Berry about art and ancient Egypt.

What do The Torrent’s members do besides make music?

Tara Azzopardi: I guess I'm an artist of sorts – I draw and sew strange things. I design posters and install window displays. I write. I pay bills by running an independent video store.

Mike Berry: I act as menacing characters in independent Canadian films. I play in local psych rock outfit lsdoubledcup, and am a part-time 2nd-year Literary Studies major at U of T.

Cameron Groves: I make short films, although I’m pretty wrapped up in the band right now. There may be a Super 8 video in the cards.

I’ve noticed that there doesn’t seem to be much overlap between Toronto’s art communities. Music, at least, seldom seems to be accompanied by visual art, film or what have you. But you in the torrent all make art besides your music. Care to comment?

Tara: I think music and art overlap quite a lot in Toronto. Kids On TV, Bob Wiseman, Shary Boyle and Doug Paisley's "Darkhand and Lamplight" project. These aren't your typical indie-rocker-starin'-at-his-shoes shows.

Cameron: We’d love our shows to be multimedia extravaganzas, but it’s enough of a challenge finding time to learn the songs.

Mike: Yeah, songs are a definite priority in this band - over showmanship or staging. We did play in the back of a cube van at the Queen West Art Crawl, and that was fun.

Your website says you have a “sumptuously bleak worldview.” Uh... what does that mean?

Tara: We're depressed romantics. I like to describe the project as Giorgio Moroder producing Suicide.

Cameron: Sumptuously bleak is an oxymoron; that kind of incongruous thinking inspires us. We combine things that don’t go together. We still want people to dance, though.

Mike: Well said, guys.

Your song “ep07” is number nine on the CHRY radio play chart. Somebody at York must really like you. This is especially surprising to me because when I was at York it seemed like the radio station was a steady flow of hip hop and world music, alternating. This isn’t really a question, but please attempt some form of response.

Tara: Wait till it hits Northern Ontario campus stations...

Cameron: If we suddenly found out we were a hip hop band we’d be relieved, because describing the kind of music we play is always a struggle.

Mike: Kim Gordon went to York and I'm sure other cool people do, too. I am pleased that anyone digs our music. By the by, we don’t have a song called “ep07”, but we do have a limited edition disc called that.

Why is Michael ex-Hidden Cameras as opposed to current Hidden Cameras?

Mike: Because that band was becoming more of a job, and I always wanted to remember it as the magic it was at the beginning. I learned a lot from playing in The Hidden Cameras and had loads of fun, but Joel Gibb writes all the music and lyrics, so there is only so much room for creativity. In The Torrent we all write lyrics, choose synth or drum sounds and teach each other melodies and drones.

What place and time in history do you most idealize, wishing you could have been there?

Tara: This is a hard one. I idealize most of the past, and tend to forget about things like segregation and influenza. I guess I think about the '20s a lot. Women stopped wearing corsets, cut their hair, made a lot of art, drank and smoked publicly. Blues and country music were spreading.

Mike: Southern California in the late ‘70s. Gay clubs and beaches pre-AIDS / bands like Germs, Adolescents and Angry Samoans / Stevie Nicks running around with a black afghan on her head...

Cameron: Ancient Egypt under the androgynous pharaoh Akhenaten, King Tut’s father, who threw out the old religion and got everyone making innovative art. Something tells me they had amazing parties.

By Evan Dickson

- Wavelength Toronto

"Charty Chart Chat - Jan 29/08"

... The Chart Sizzler Award goes west to the upstart new band from Edmonton, The Whitsundays. Their self-titled release debuts at #15 to beat out Lupe Fiasco's The Cool at #22 and Sleepless Nights' Turn Into Vapour at #26 to become the top debut of the week. Other notable new entries include Rocky Fortune's Back Of The Bee Side at #28 (not bad for an album to finally hit the chart after first charting on individual top 30s back in October), The Torrent's EP07 at #39 and Jason Collett's Here's To Being Here at #47.



All 5 tracks have had campus radio airplay:
Catherine Deneuve
I You Me
Musik Machine
The Tunnel



Post-punk-psych duoThe Torrent sounds like electric guitar wrestling melodic violin, driving beats, dramatic vocals and swelling synth. The Toronto-based band has spent the past couple of years developing a unique sound and a repertoire of original songs, releasing ep07 this past winter. The EP charted at campus radio stations across Canada, spending three weeks in ChartAttack’s national Top 50. A full-length album is in the mixing stage and due out this summer.

Through playing shows at Toronto clubs like Lee's Palace, Sneaky Dee’s and El Mocambo, The Torrent evolved a moody, dancy sound and sumptuously bleak worldview. In May, The Torrent also released a video for post-apocalyptic dance epic Musik Machine, which you can see if you visit the band’s website, thetorrent dot net.

Who Is The Torrent?

Michael Edward Barry: electric guitar
Mike e.b. was in the Hidden Cameras for many years, and now plays with psych-noise band LSDoubleDCup. He also starred as Bart the security guard in the 2004 cult classic Dawn of the Dead. He plays a skinhead in Atom Egoyan’s new flick, Adoration.

Cameron Groves: violin/vox
Cameron has made short films that have screened at festivals on several continents. He just finished putting together the video for Musik Machine, which includes grainy Super 8 concert footage, pulsing white boxes and other surprises.