Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Torie Jock.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
TORIE JOCK: Hey! I’m Torie Jock and I’m happy to be here today! I met my drummer first about nine months ago. He and I planned on being a musical duo until we found other members to join the band. My drummer thought of his longtime friend shortly after and asked if he wanted to join us on guitar. We spent a few months playing as a three-member band, and then my guitar player mentioned a friend of his that he thought could join us on bass. The rest is history!
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
TORIE JOCK: There are so many amazing artists that have influenced me in so many ways! I would say that the artists that have had the greatest impact in shaping me into the artist I am today would be, Cher, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse. When I started singing at nine, my vocal coach actually thought I may be tone deaf. I had a really hard time learning to sing. I ended up quitting, and shortly after I saw the movie Burlesque, starring Cher, I absolutely fell in love! I started singing “Welcome to Burlesque” in my living room one day, and my mom ran out of the kitchen and said, “You sound just like Cher!” We called my old vocal coach and asked her to listen to me sing it, and when she did, she said, “We can work with this.” For some reason, I was able to hear the notes in Cher’s music. I never would’ve learned to sing if it wasn’t for her music. I was actually hired by a Cher Tribute Company to be a Mini Cher impersonator when I was eleven! I started getting really into 80s rock when I was about twelve, and I stumbled upon Joan Jett. I thought she was the coolest chick I had ever seen! I loved her image and her rock ‘n roll attitude! Her music and style was what really made me want to be a rock ‘n roller! Alanis Morissette’s lyrics blow me away. “Jagged Little Pill” was an album of choice for me starting at the age of two. As I got older, I realized how brilliantly written her lyrics are. Her lyrics speak to me on a level I cannot even explain. I wanted to write like that! Or, at least try! I also loved her unique sound and the fact that she had a voice and certain vocal qualities that no one could replicate. I remember asking my vocal coach at nine when I first started with her if she could teach me to sing an Alanis song … The look on her face was priceless! I got into Amy Winehouse’s music around eleven. When I hit about fourteen, I was told by a lot of people that I had a blues/jazzy quality to my voice. I loved Amy’s music, and I liked the idea of trying to incorporate a jazzy sound into my rock music. An incredible artist, gone too soon.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
TORIE JOCK: I just released a single, “Outta Control,” that is off of my unreleased album, “Damaged Goods.” The album was co-written by me and my manager, Eric Gynan, of Leaving Eden. I was also just recently signed with Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! I absolutely love the album and believe readers of this site will not be disappointed if they check it out!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
TORIE JOCK: Expect a good time! I entertain my audiences as best I can. I think it is just as important to perform as it is to be on your game musically.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
TORIE JOCK: In 5 years, I hope to be playing as much as possible and continue to make new music!