A Torn Mind

A TORN MIND/Livingtson

If you like _ and _ then you will like A Torn Mind. Fill in the blanks.

If you like Karnivool and Rush then there’s a good chance you will like A Torn Mind!

Progressive music is often regarded as ‘not very cool’. Do you care?

We’re obviously aware of the preconceptions that come along with calling yourself a prog rock band (wizards, goblins, endless keyboard/flute solos). Having said that though, we’re not afraid or embarrassed to use the term and we’d like to think that the music we make has a strong contemporary edge to it and that the songs are ambitious rather than regressive. We’re not really trying to sound like a 70s prog band and we’re definitely not wearing capes and singing about dragons! The new material we have written for our next EP has a more modern feel than our first, but we still approached it with a ‘progressive’ outlook and wanted to keep developing the sound and challenging ourselves. We’re really excited about recording it and putting the new stuff out.

Are you a band that likes to wear their influences on their sleeves?

We don’t intentionally set out to sound like anyone but it’s only natural that your writing is influenced in some way by the things that inspire you. We listen to loads and loads of different types of music across the band, and we write together as a unit so there is space in the writing process for everyone’s individual input and influences to come out in some way.

How would you describe your sound in three words?

Massive proggy tunes!

You’re from Livingston. Is there much of a music scene there?

No, there’s not really a music scene here at all, despite the high number of bands based in and around the Livingston/West Lothian area. There’s been a few different clubs opened and closed over the last five or six years with varying degrees of success in terms of live music, but currently there are only a couple of small venues for bands to play and that’s really the lot. We’re kind of in the badlands between the two big cities so we tend to play Edinburgh and Glasgow instead.

If you had to compare A Torn Mind to a biscuit, what would it be?

One of those tasty snacks that divides opinions! Like a Jaffa Cake or a Tunnock’s Tea Cake. Is it a biscuit or a cake? (We think they’re biscuits)

And finally, what’s been the worst time you’ve had a torn mind?

Our drummer Euan had his mind torn by a careless man who jumped off the stage at a Dillinger Escape Plan show in Glasgow, landed on his head and cracked it open a little. There was blood and everything!


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