To put it broadly, Toronto Blessings is a three-piece noise rock band. But that doesn’t quite describe what I hear when I listen to their music. I certainly hear the “noise rock” part of Rik’s description, but I hear a lot of punk influences as well. Overall, there’s a lot of chaos, screaming and fun wrapped up in their music.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Right now our influences scope a lot of different genres. We love bands like Metz, The Jesus Lizard and Daughters. We also love electro stuff including Depeche Mode. Post Punk is also a big influence on us too. We don’t try and think too hard about what we listen to. It’s just all chucked in the melting pot and turned up to 11! Yep.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Hmm probably quite a bit. I Do like a lot of synth wave stuff, but I also like pop electro like Tove Lo. To me a good song is a good song regardless of genre these days.
- What’s next for the band?
We’re aiming at releasing our EP pretty soon. It’s called Asleep and consists of 7 tracks. We’ve released 2 singles off it so far, “Hopes//Dreams” and we’ve just put out “UvU”. Both songs have been played heavily on BBC Introducing Sheffield and “UvU” has been played on BBC 6.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It’s a lot easier to put music out yourself. As of before you really needed a record label. These days DIY rules. The only problem now is getting heard, as there are so many bands!
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Lyrically I’d say so, whether it be what’s happening to this country with politics or the twisted world of social media. I have taken influence from films and books too, especially 1984 and The Lord of the flies.
- Can you describe your sound?
To break it down quickly I would say Noise Rock, but we have much more going off. With the inclusion of our synth it makes it a bit weirder I guess. We also incorporate post punk sounds from being a bass driven band. With our past being in heavier music we can’t help being a loud band.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
At the moment I am pretty much obsessed by the band Viagra Boys, they’re amazing! So weird, like Swedish Disco Punk. Highly recommended. Also, I’ve been listening to a lot of Fontaines DC and Shame. I have siouxsie and the banshees on pretty much all of the time though and The Cure.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
At first it was have fun and make a racket with your mare. Nothing has really changed since.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I write all the lyrics at the moment (Rik) I feel if I am going to be singing about something, it might as well come from me. So, I can write about something I feel strongly about or something I need to get off my chest. In regards to the music it’s all collaborative. One of us will bring an idea in and we’ll flesh it out. We’ve found it’s the best way for us to write quickly and with less fuss. No one is really precious about an idea or get offended if no one is keen on it. It has to work for all of us.
- If you had topick just one, which album would be your favorite?
I would say Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Its untouchable! We have yet to release an album, but I am sure it’ll be everyone’s favourite when it comes out. Yep.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
There’s loads of bands we’d love to tour with. To name a few it would be Metz, Idles, Daughters, Meat Wave.