Too Soon Monsoon
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Too Soon Monsoon

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Established on Jan, 2016
Duo Alternative Pop

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Jul
01
Too Soon Monsoon @ 6Twelve Lounge

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Jun
21
Too Soon Monsoon @ Revival Music Room

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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"CTV Morning Live Saskatoon: Interview and Performances"

Jan 12, 2018
CTV Morning Live Interview and Performances of 'Faded' and 'Know Myself' - CTV Saskatoon


"#8 - Top 25 EPs of 2018"

Side Effects came in at #8 on Cups n Cakes list of their favourite EPs of 2018. - Cups n Cakes Podcast


"CTV Noon News - Interview"

Noon interview with Jeff Rogstad about Winterruption 2018 - CTV Saskatoon


"#46 - Top 50 Tracks of 2018"

Faded came in at #46 on Cups n Cakes list of their favourite tracks of 2018. - Cups n Cakes Podcast


"Reviews: 6 new releases from Saskatchewan Artists that you should listen to now"

Anchored by keys, hard-hitting rhythms and some massively strong melodies, Too Soon Monsoon come out swinging on their debut EP Little Fire. Musically, this Saskatoon duo favours lush-but-subdued sounds that range between alt-pop swing and tensely-wound indie rock balladry. But the real treat here are Greg Torwalt’s vocals, which show a surprising amount of range, hitting heights that should have fans of the likes of Coheed and Cambria nodding in approval. /CM - Ominocity - Chris Morin


"Review: "Little Fire" - Too Soon Monsoon"

Today we have a duo called Too Soon Monsoon

They come from a mythical place called Saskatoon

They’ve recently released four brand-new tunes

That make up their fiery little debut



From drums, vocals, and keys, their music is hewn

But that’s more than enough to fill up a room

Greg’s voice flits, aches, and croons

While Nathan’s drums clang, crash, and boom



“Little Fire” is the way we are introduced

A torch song with still-dripping wounds

A soul has been stolen, crushed, and pruned

And must be wrest back from its tomb



And when feelings begin to darken and swoon

There’s someone there to lighten the mood

“Balance” is a tribute to those loving cocoons

That even us out and make us immune



Then like the calm before the typhoon

A struck match kisses the fertile fuse

Little fires grow and flourish and bloom

Fueling a love that can never be doomed



In the end though, our wandering has to resume

’til we’re lost and exhausted and running on fumes

Wondering if the desert will end beyond the next dune

Or if there’s any way to get back from the moon



So try this EP, and make it some room

You may find it to be a musical boon



Top Track: “Wandering”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good) - Grayowl Point - Erik Sedore


"Cups N Cakes Podcast - Episode 90"

Cups N Cakes (a Canadian indie music podcast with a focus on the prairies) included our song Little Fire in episode 90. Give it a listen and discover some great new music! - Cups n Cakes


"Review - Too Soon Monsoon"

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pop duo, Too Soon Monsoon, have released their debut EP, Little Fire. Consisting of pianist and vocalist Greg Torwalt and drummer Nathan Henry, the duo’s four track release plays around with trends from modern indie and alternative pop along with older and subtler R&B influences to deliver a solid debut.

Little Fire opens with the title track, a ballad that, while very well written, does not immediately grab the listener due to its slow nature, making it an odd choice to kick off the EP with. That being said, over the course of four minutes, the song slowly builds in excitement with the addition of syncopated rhythms, vocal harmonies, and shifting dynamics. While it may have been an odd choice for the first track, it certainly is the strongest across Little Fire.

A very close contender to “Little Fire” is the following song, “Balance”, a track which reaches back to soul music from the 1960’s and 70’s for inspiration. The track see’s Torwalt play with a variety of vocal techniques and textures- including breathiness, layered and rhythmic harmonies, and at the songs climax, a triumphant scream at the top of his range- making it a standout for his vocal ability. Unfortunately, Little Fire is an album which peaks too soon as the following and closing two tracks fail to live up to the excitement and innovation of “Little Fire” and “Balance”. Both “We’ll Live Forever” and “Wander” are good songs which capture a fun and bouncy pop feel, but neither left me compelled to hit repeat as the first two did.

Overall, Little Fire is a solid debut record from Too Soon Monsoon which shows potential for the pop duo to grow as a member of the growing Canadian indie pop community. However, the album is not without its flaws, which take away from the overall quality and excitement as laid out by the record’s opening two tracks. - Canadian Beats - Gerrod Harris


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Bio

Canadian pop duo, Too Soon Monsoon, is building momentum toward their first full-length album release.With nods to influences like Fleetwood Mac and The White Stripes, the duo creates a fresh sound by fusing elements of rock, pop, and r&b.

Since forming at the end of 2016 after Greg (keys and vocals) had posted a 'bandmate wanted' ad online to which Nathan (drums) was quick to respond, TSM continues to make waves in the Sea of Canadian Music. The Saskatoon based duo released two EPs in the second half of 2017 (Little Fire - July 7, 2017 & Side Effects - Oct 20, 2017), performed at the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival 2018, Ness Creek Music Festival 2017 & Winterruption 2018 and opened for PVRIS, Mo Kenney, and Scenic Route to Alaska. The duo embarked on their first Western Canadian tour in the fall of 2017, after opening for Wide Mouth Mason at a hometown show at O'Brians Event Centre.

The band is in the middle of recording their debut full-length album (slated for a spring 2019 release) once again with producer, Adam Grant. TSM previously worked closely with Grant on the recording of their first two EPs. Side Effects was included in the best EPs of 2017 by Cups n Cakes (#8) and spent four weeks in the CFCR Weekly Top Ten (peak #4).  The band released visuals for "Know Myself" and "Faded" from Side Effects as well as visuals for "Balance", "We'll Live Forever", and "Wandering" from Little Fire. TSM has performed twice on CTV Morning Live and filmed performances for the Original 16 Brewery Sessions and the Empty Room Series.

Two new singles, "Ocean" and "Mountains of Blue" will be released in September while the band tours Western Canada prior to showcasing at BreakOut West in October 2018. Ocean was released on September 21, and Mountains of Blue will be released on October 12. 

Too Soon Monsoon’s debut full length record is a concept album that carries the listener on an emotional journey along with the band while speaking to universal themes like interconnectedness, growing up, love, seeking purpose and slowing down to appreciate and reconnect with yourself, one another, nature, art and spirit. Being a two-piece band that consists of an Indigenous drummer and a non-Indigenous singer/keyboardist, TSM’s goal is to create music and art that can bring people from different cultures and backgrounds closer together.

 

influences: Fleetwood Mac, Jack White, White Stripes, Lauryn Hill, The Beatles, Fiona Apple, Justin Timberlake, Beach Boys, Arcade Fire, Emily Haines, Metric, Feist, The Killers.

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