Unless you’re from Northern Ireland, and belong to a particular generation and point in time, there is a strong chance you have never heard of Torgas Valley Reds. This is a tragedy, and one that befalls more great bands than you can possibly imagine. As a brief history lesson, Torgas Valley Reds were a band based in Belfast that existed in the early 2000s. They emerged from the ashes of a reasonably successful indie outfit called Backwater, and in their time they won the hearts of many people via wonderful indie pop tunes infused with soul and verve, and brilliant live shows.
Just as they were about to release their debut album, they broke up. This meant that the record got buried, and for a long time no one got to hear it. For fans of the band, this was a bit of a nightmare. Knowing that those timeless songs were captured somewhere, but unable to heard, was tortuous. The ‘lost’ Torgas Valley Reds stayed buried from 2004 until 2012, when Howl records made it available to buy via (Bandcamp). If you don’t own it yet, you should go and buy it right now.
In case you need any more convincing, and because these songs aren’t already on YouTube, I’ve decided to pick out my three favourite tracks from the album and publish them.
First off is ‘Torgas Valley Blue’, which is their total anthem, and one of the best songs you’ve never heard.
Next up is ‘Actualities’, which is completely in French. Many bonus points.
And finally is ‘Me & My Buddies Would Vote For You’, which would be great if it acted as a call for more good people in Northern Ireland to get involved in politics.