without a moment's notice
the monsoon was coming in
With nods to influences The White Stripes, Fleetwood Mac, Fiona Apple and Prince, Saskatoon based band Too Soon Monsoon creates a fresh sound that warrants attention. The rhythmic piano/drum/bass band excels at creating funky grooves with poetic lyrics that inspire and provoke listeners. TSM have performed at Breakout West, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Ness Creek, Winterruption, and Big Winter Classic (as well as a planned 2020 JUNOfest show) and shared the stage with PVRIS, Mo Kenney, Blessed, Busty and the Bass, Weaves and Wide Mouth Mason. The band has toured Western Canada multiple times and is preparing to release their sophomore LP, the follow up to their 2019 debut album.
Too Soon Monsoon initially formed as a duo near the end of 2016 after Greg Torwalt (vocals/keys) had posted a 'bandmate wanted' ad online to which Nathan Henry (drums) was quick to respond. As a duo, TSM released 2 EPs in the second half of 2017 (Little Fire and Side Effects) and recorded the album Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide for the majority of 2018. After performing live as a duo for two years, the band started 2019 in a new form with guitarist Declan Hills - embracing expanded energy and a more electric live-sound.
Too Soon Monsoon began 2020 with two festival shows at Big Winter Classic (Calgary) and Winterruption (Edmonton). Declan departed the band after these shows and TSM was beginning to rehearse with bassist Steve Adams (formerly of One Bad Son) for their March 2020 JUNOfest headlining show in Saskatoon. Eager to perform with a new three piece live lineup, Too Soon Monsoon decided to instead live-stream their planned JUNOfest set from Nathan’s cement basement after the JUNO's were cancelled.
On that same day, Too Soon Monsoon released a two song EP: Stop The Cycle of Conflict. The EP included new versions of the final two tracks from the 2019 Waves LP: a remix of “Cycle of Conflict” featuring Eekwol and an acoustic guitar version of “Energy in Motion” (recorded and mixed by Greg). The band also filmed a powerful video for "Cycle of Conflict" with Eekwol at Paved Arts in Feb 2020. The music video was well-received and garnered an exclusive premiere on Exclaim! and has been used in university and high school classes.
TSM had originally planned to focus on writing and recording their sophomore LP in Spring 2020 - taking time away from performing to focus on rediscovering their musical chemistry. Once the pandemic hit, the band had to suddenly adapt from the highs of the first few months of 2020. Greg performed a livestream set of Too Soon Monsoon music for the SaskMusic Open Houses series in April 2020 but the band remained relatively quiet.
This period of time did lead to some positives - it gave the band time to rest and reflect on the 2 year process of writing, recording, rehearsing and performing the Waves LP. During the first few months of the pandemic, a song called: “Be Easy” was written, and as soon as the band was able to get back together to rehearse, a new creative energy was found.
Too Soon Monsoon’s new music is fresh, exciting and innovative. The band decided that they wanted to pursue recording live-off-the-floor to capture the intensity and strong chemistry they have developed since they first began playing together in a garage in 2016. In September 2020, the band spent three consecutive days at The Sound Castle in Viscount, tracking new material and experimenting with a new live recording method thanks to the SK Arts Board Independent Artists Program. Josh Palmer joined the band in a producer role. Bassist Steve Adams had continued to jam with the band in the summer after rehearsing with the band for the JUNOfest set and he joined them at The Sound Castle for the recording session. After a very successful weekend at The Sound Castle, Josh Palmer has mixed and mastered material from the sessions. Too Soon Monsoon - now a 3 piece with Adams - will be sharing new music in 2021.
The band was recently nominated for two 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards: Indigenous Artist of the Year and Rock/Pop Artist of the Year. Too Soon Monsoon’s debut full length album released May 3 2019 (the follow up to TSM's two 2017 EPs: Little Fire, and Side Effects) is heavily influenced by the South Saskatchewan River running through their home in Saskatoon. The 2019 LP: Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide speaks to universal themes like interconnectedness, growing up, and slowing down to appreciate nature, art and spirit:
“TSM have created a record that dares the listener to consider what existence truly means, while never failing to deliver on a catchy pop hook or danceable beat…. an album for a party that’s thrown to celebrate the end of existence."
- Cups n Cakes Network album review
The album charted #90 on the national Earshot charts for May 2019 and went on to be named the #9 Saskatchewan Album of 2019 by SaskMusic and the public. It was produced and mixed by Adam Grant: The Ghost of Adam J Productions (also a former bass player of One Bad Son) and mastered by Trevor Case: Case Mastering (Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott). Both Adam and Trevor worked on TSM’s 2017 EPs.
Too Soon Monsoon is living their artistic goal: bring people together through music to recognize our common desire for love, joy, community and acceptance. The band values the freedom that they have as independent artists and uses their platform to celebrate the power of being true to yourself and to share messages of love, resilience, and compassion.
The fall 2020 live-off-the-floor recording session was made possible with support from the SK Arts Board's Independent Artists Program
The fall 2018 Western Canadian tour and Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide are both made possible with support from Creative Saskatchewan's Tour Support and Sound Recording Grant Programs.