Torero – “Canyon” (Independent): The Toronto ensemble released their self-titled debut in June 2015 so the release of a video for this focus track now suggests the album is proving itself to have long legs.
The sextet likes to surround itself with stylish spaghetti western themes and self-identifies as a "country and western roots rock band." Torero strikes us really as a smart sounding pop group backing singer Eleanor Bull who is as photogenic as she is an alluring singer with a voice that will melt hearts.
There is a Wild West setting to the entertaining romp of a video, a tale of theft and retribution shot by filmmaker/musician Ryan Thompson.
The production sound is of higher fidelity than a typical indie release, thanks to the recording locale of Lincoln County Social Club (Timber Timbre, Elliott Brood) and the engineering work of John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle).
The song really sinks its spurs in, and it is well-deserving of airplay consideration.
Torero is working on new material and is heading to the East Coast for five shows April 18-22, followed by a hometown gig at the Dakota on the 25th.
A piece of trivia: Torero is a Spanish word for bullfighter, so the choice of band name may well be a play on words derived from the singer’s surname.