Interview: Torrid (A Love Affair)

We enjoyed listening to your song “Good Enough”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Thank you! Glad you like it! Well, before the band was formed I (Sarah) was out running and thinking about a recent break up. The feelings I had about not feeling good enough for that person got me thinking about how children can struggle to live up to their parents expectations. It seemed like these different relationships were actually very similar in the power division and struggle to be recognised. I was a high achiever in school and even though my parents never said it, I felt like there was a lot of pressure to keep on doing well, and that causes self-doubt. I think this translates into other relationships and you can start to compare yourself unfavourably to others. As I was running I heard the phrase “I wanna be good enough for someone like you”. I immediately ran home and wrote the song ‘Good Enough’! It came to me very quickly, it kinda wrote itself. I played it at a few open mics to good response and that’s what kick started the band!

We also admired the music video that accompanies the single. What ideas went into this? Furthermore, what was the recording process like?

Thanks! I think generally trying to represent yourselves as an outfit whilst maintaining your integrity is a real challenge! We like and play heavy rock/metal, but we don’t necessarily want to only be seen in those terms. We don’t wear lots of black, leather or massive boots, so why pretend we do? We don’t need to wear the clothes to make the noise so we don’t. I think people are often surprised when they see us walk on stage and then hear our songs, but that’s all part of the fun! So when preparing to release Good Enough I was watching a photography program and there was a section on band photography. It got me thinking about colours and flowers, and we just went from there! It was a fun afternoon of filming, throwing flowers and petals around and draping amps in fairy lights! I think it turned out ok! It’s always hard to be objective and we’re always out own worst critics aren’t we?!

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
Having lived my teens in the 90s I think my writing has been heavily influenced by bands like Skunk Anansie, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains and Garbage. Also songwriters like Alanis Morissette and George Michael had major impacts on my style, particularly with lyrics. We all share favourites like FFs, QOTSA and we’ll often spontaneously break into one of their songs at practice! But we all have quite diverse tastes and I think this is what makes our sound so interesting. A hint of Bowie or Beatles, a touch of Tool or Clutch, it all works together in its own magical way. I feel very passionately about feminism and empowerment, and I hope our songs reflect that. It’s hard to describe our sound, but it’s melodic, heavy, textured and full of harmony.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Playing the Off The Record Independent Music Festival in Hove recently was a huge highlight for us! It was an awesome day with over 20 bands, the audience were amazing and it was such fun to play! Ultimately we’d love to play some big festivals, I’m sure most bands would give their best floor tom to do Glastonbury or Download! There’s some awesome European and US festivals that would be fab too! Maybe one day!

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I love this question! I think as a band it would probably be Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is that man! We’re all huge fans of Taylor’s solo projects too, I love his proggy vibes! For me personally it would have to be Skunk Anansie. Skin has been such an idol of mine since first hearing Paranoid And Sunburnt, it’s a phenomenal album! I’ve seen them loads and they just get better and better!
Really, we just wanna play, be heard and understood, which is what everyone wants. To have people listen to them and have someone say ‘yeah man, I get it’ – that’s the dream!

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
We saw some awesome local acts at the OTR Festival! Catching Mangoes, Across The Sea, Dandelion Charm, IAMWARFACE, all amazing! Others include Buffos Wake, Amythyst Kiah and Thundercat, all unique and impressive. Just get out and see live music! There is SO much talent out there on your doorstep, even someone at an open mic could blow you away. Supporting musicians and venues is more important than ever, every like or slap on the back helps!

Finally, as we look ahead to a fresh new year, what plans do you have for 2022? And is there anything that you’re especially looking forward to (or hopeful about)?
Well, our debut album Poems From Mars comes out in February on Lights And Lines (www.headli…, we are beyond excited! Some of these songs were written 20 years ago and are only just now being heard! Because lockdown meant no gigs and very little studio time together, we’ve built this album brick by brick – a drum recording here, a harmony line there – it’s taken us 2 years but we’ve finally made it. It’s a thrill for me personally to have not only met these amazing people but to hear my little ditties become sonic booms! When I say “so it kinda goes la la lalala but not quite like that it’s a bit of a blurry noise’ or some similar nonsense, and everyone goes ‘hmm ok, like this?’ And it’s exactly what I hear in my head! I’m so blessed to have found the most talented and tolerant of musicians! I can’t wait to gig with them as much as possible throughout the coming years!

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Live Shot Credit: Big Bear Photography
Video recorded & coloured by Andrew McGee | Video Edited: Will Fox

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