Tora // Nocturnal, Melbourne Museum // Friday, October 4

Photo credit: Jackson Loria

Melbourne Museum came alive on Friday night with Tora as the main exhibit for Nocturnal – an event which turns the museum into an adults-only dance party. Support acts Sampology and Eilish Gilligan provided a soundtrack for the after-work crowd to enjoy a drink to between exploring the displays.

As Tora took to the stage, the amount of bodies in the foyer doubled as people streamed out of the exhibits to see the Byron Bay 4-piece. They eased into the show with a slower start, creating their signature ethereal soundscape with Amsterdam and Eat the Sun from their earlier albums. Tora drew us into their kaleidoscope as lights bounced off the disco ball danced over the walls and their dreamy visuals projected onto the stage.

The night officially kicked off when they played their better-known tracks Deviate and Mother Forgot, lifting the energy and drawing in the final stragglers from the bar. With the crowd eating out of their hand the boys slowed things down again with Too Much, a hypnotic atmosphere filling the space as everyone swayed in unison.

In true Byron Bay style, all four members looked effortlessly cool. Lead singer Jo Lowenthal exuded front man energy and drummer Thorne Davis held his own in the rear. However, it was bass player Shaun Davis who truly won over the crowd with his vibrancy and boyish charm as he danced across the stage. Laughing and flashing his cheeky smile as Loewenthal engaged the crowd with anecdotes of their trip down to Melbourne that morning. Jai Piccone was a stark contrast form Lowenthal and Davis, exuding a calm quiet confidence as he worked his magic on the guitar and keys while providing backing vocals.

Their hour and 20-minute set peaked as Tora played back to back crowd favourites Morphine, Paramount, and Another Case before winding down and ending the evening with Tiger. Big things are in store for these young Byron boys, however they remain down to earth and jumped straight into mingling with the crowd after the show.

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