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Torridon looking to break the chains around men's mental health stigma with launch of new album this Friday

By Kyle Walker

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HIGHLAND folk-rockers Torridon are looking to make something of a clean break from their old ways with the release of their new album this Friday.

Break the Chains is the new album from the six-piece, and the band hope that it will mark a significant progression in the band’s style, sound, vision and drive.

The record seeks to replicate the band’s live performance and showcase their passion for original storytelling and songwriting, breaking the chains of Torridon of years gone by.

Several tracks are inspired by men’s mental health and the band’s real-life experience of suicide among young men in Scotland, confronting the silence and taboo around suicide head on.

Torridon founding member Kenny Smith said: “The songs on this album represent real life stories and experiences from the band’s members and close family and friends – they are not Highland tales and fables but a representation of our present-day reality.

“Too many people shy away from sharing their problems and feelings, so if this album changes just one person’s mind about opening up or prevents one person from taking their own life, then our job is done.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to produce an album that has a genuinely refreshed direction and sound. I have been developing my song writing over the last few years and this record draws influence from rock acts such as Runrig, Del Amitri and the Saw Doctors to produce a serious but uplifting sound that we’re very proud of.

“We’re looking forward to sharing it with everyone.”

For more information, go to www.torridonlive.com

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