Monday, 14 December 2009

Barriers is being pressed!!!

The new EP is being pressed as we speak!!! I received this snazzy looking promo to check over from the production company last week. It looks proper good, so it does! Excited to see the full version.

In the meantime we're all very very busy getting everything in place for the release.

We'll be putting up the artwork and well as info on pre-orders, the launch show as well as digital release info on the various band site in the next few weeks.

- Euan

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater on Planet Rock!!!


Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater is on Planet Rock Radio! Just switched on and heard him. What a find!

This makes me very very happy!

Euan // A Torn Mind

Thursday, 12 November 2009

A Torn Mind | Barriers Preview Video 2


2nd Preview Video for "Barriers" is up and ready to view on our YouTube channel.

Check it out; the audio samples are different to the one on our MySpace player, so do have a listen!!!

We're working on a date for the launch show currently. The record is being sent for manufacture this week... artwork and release info all to come.


Saturday, 24 October 2009


This doesn't need to be a big post:

We're putting a 2:30 miunte audio sampler of the EP up on our MySpace page this Monday (26th October).

You'd better check it out!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

A Torn Mind - "Barriers" is fully mastered!

Today we recieved our lovely finished masters in the post! We were very excited by this! It's sounding really great!

Now that we've got the finished tracks, we've stripped all the old songs from the MySpace page ( to make way for a full EP Audio Sampler, to give you a nice big chunk of music to check out and hopefully whet the old appetite! This will be going up on our MySpace page very very soon indeed... a matter of days. Keep checking!

As promised there will also be a brand new Preview Video to come, with more music and footage to watch/listen to.

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Photos from the Cabaret Voltaire show in Edinburgh will be up on our MySpace and Facebook pages soon!

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

The End of a Busy Week!


It's been a busy old week in the A Torn Mind camp!

Three quarters of us kicked the week off with a huge performance at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, with none other than original Deep Purple keyboard player John Lord - performing his "Concerto for Group and Orchestra".

The guys had a great time and played to a massive crowd. The concert has recieve glowing praise in the local press and the A Torn Mind contingent had a good night, rocking out with a musical legend!!!

We recieved the master tracks from "Barriers" back from the mastering company to listen to this week. We're extremely happy with how it's sounding and can't wait to let everyone hear it. It's been really hard work, but we're nearly at the finish line. We should get the final red book master disc back very shortly.

We played our first Edinburgh show in a couple of months at Cabaret Voltaire on Friday evening. The show was good and we had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came down and caught us live. We had a whole bunch of photos taken so I'll post a link up to them when they're all up on the various A Torn Mind sites.

We've just confirmed a show in Glasgow at PIVO PIVO on Waterloo Street. This show is part of the venue's genre-specific run of gigs which are going under the heading, "Shut Up And Eat Your Music".

The show we're playing has been given the glorious title of, "Shut Up And Eat Your... Prog!". Imagine our delight when we saw that!

Details are as follows:

Thursday 5th November
Pivo Pivo

A Torn Mind
Assume The Form

Doors 8pm / Entry £3

Hope to see some familiar faces for this show - It looks to be a real belter!!!


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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The End is in Sight!!!

EP News


It's with more than a little bit of excitement that we can tell you, we've completely finished mixing Barriers. It's all ship-shape and ready to be sent to mastering.

Today I listened to the final pre-mastered tracks in running order with all the links and bits and bobs. It was a really funny feeling, listening to them all one after another in the correct order, obviously without having to load a Pro Tools session in between. It felt a little bit like hearing the product of not far off a year's worth of really hard work, squashed down into one 40-minute sitting.

I guess this is just what it feels like to finish making a record... I'm really pleased that I'm finally able so say that sentence. We've finished making our new record!!!

I'm sure the other guys will come on and give their input in due course, but it's a pretty special time for us, after working out backsides off trying to make a record we can be proud of by our own fair hands, from the ground up. It feels really really great to know it's all our own work too.

Other Info

On a side note, we played a really fun show in the Bathgate Music Festival last thursday with the mighty Jackie Treehorn. It was nice to be back playing live after a short brake to finish the EP. We had a really great time, so thanks to everyone who came out to watch us play - as ever your support really makes it for us.

Cheers to all who signed up for the mailing list and bought a t-shirt. We've only got 4 of the original A Torn Mind logo batch left (in Medium), so be sure to let us know if you want one of them. New merch will be on it's way soon, including girls skinny t-shirts in a colour and a second colour for the gents shirts. Similarly we hope to have the Online Merch Store up and running properly very shortly also.

We're currently putting together some ongoing content for our mailing list subscribers, so we really do advocate that you stick your name down to avoid missing out on the first looks and listens to the 2nd Preview Video and a lenthier Audio Sample Clip of the record, as well as a bunch of other cool exclusive things we plan to do. More on that as soon it's all ready.

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Friday, 4 September 2009

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Our new stickers arrived in the post today!

Thoroughly chuffed with them! Next up is the new batch of shirts with some different colours and stuff. We'll also be getting in some girls skinny style shirts too, which will be cool.

"Barriers" is nearly finished. Chris and Grant informed Ryan and I that they've pretty much 100% finished 2 of 5 tracks now. We've been having a bit of a chat about the mastering and such and there's a few pretty exciting ideas buzzing about.

I'll be back in with Grant tomorrow to do a big shift on the remaining tunes - I'll post another blog with the outcome of that.

That's all for now!


Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Mixing Update

This post is going to be a bit of a techy one... bit of chat about the EP and the mixing process.

We've still been hard at work on the mix this week. Monday evening consisted of a tough session on the very last track on the EP - "Vita".

Just to break it down a little for anyone who may read this and doesn't know a thing about the track etc...

"Vita" is a fairly lengthy track at just shy of 10 minutes, and its got a lot of stuff going on. There are quite a lot of different audio tracks involved and the song covers quite a lot of different sounds, styles, tempos and speeds. We've always considered her our "Epic"!

So, as expected this track in particular has been pretty challenging to wrestle with. She's definitely kept us on our toes.

We've had to do quite a lot of playing about with the guitar levels and such to get everything sitting nicely - particularly in the choruses. Grant and I agreed that the choruses in this tune are probably one of the thickest points, in terms of guitar, on the CD so keeping it from being a chun-fest was very important to us.

I won't say too much about the content of the track, but I will say there's some nice surprises for people in there. Particularly those who already know it and have a version in their head. Definitely some things to keep your ears pricked up for. That's all I'm saying.

After all that, Vita's really not very far off completion at all...

We also took the time to check back over everything else quickly at the end of the night. Our worry was that having spent the last 3-odd sessions working purely on Vita, we might be somewhat unhappy with everything else, however, I'm glad to say that wasn't the case.

This week we'll have a little bit of tightening up to do in terms of levels and things. A few very minor changes that we both agreed upon when listening through everything else.

Then we'll have to sit back and take stock of the whole affair and see just where we stand.

We might just be nearly finished... you never know!

More bits and bobs soon. I've still got a few pictures to throw on the net and Chrissy's back from his holiday he'll be getting onto the 2nd teaser video to make you all salivate a little bit. We've yet to bang our heads together to decide exactly what we want to give you... and what we want to keep until it's released... ;)

It's been really really tough work self-producing, recording, engineering and mixing our first CD. It's a pretty long-playing EP that's looking like it will clock in at roughly forty minutes in length. So there's plenty for you to listen to when it finally hits your ears!!!

Euan // A Torn Mind

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Thursday, 13 August 2009

A Torn Mind - Mixing, Mixing, Mixing...


An update from the A Torn Mind camp this week:

We're into the second week of mixing and Grant and Chris have been hard at work putting big shifts in on the EP front.

They've described it in the following ways:
  • "Good Good."
  • "Brilliant Actually."
  • "This ain't no Bridget Jones..."
Apart from the last one, which I'm not entirely convinced about, it sounds as if everything's going well! Preliminary mixes suggest we've definitely not wasted eight months of our lives on this record, which we're all very pleased about!

Preview Video
As mentioned in the earlier post, we've put the first EP Preview Video up on our YouTube Channel which you can find HERE.

It's had a fair few views so far but could always have more - so if you like what you see/hear then please tell your pals to watch it as well. If you're extra nice you could subscribe to our Channel too! Imagine that!

The clip features the full intro into "Sixes & Sevens" and is the very first audio sample from the EP that we've made available!

Keep your eyes peeled for a more in depth preview video in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Shows
We've got two shows scheduled currently, but we plan to hit it hard in the remaining months of 2009 and into 2010 with the EP behind us. When details for a launch night are finalised, we'll be sure to let you know.

For now, you can catch us at the following shows:

Thursday 17th September
Bathgate Music Festival @ The Dreadnaught, Bathgate
Tickets & Time TBC

Friday 9th October
Metal Tech Album Launch Night @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
Tickets & Time TBC

That's about it for this week - another mixing update next week and any new happenings.

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

A Torn Mind's Bassist's 1st Blog


I believe this is what you call leaving a post on a blog.?
My my... How exciting.

I'll one day type up something to do with the band and my thoughts feelings about our rehersals and shennaningins and the E.P being released soon and what not. Or then again, you could just hear it from me in person like the way it should be... Nay more ay this bloggin pish. Ha!

But until then... Im going to go and prepare myself for another Undertaking engagment in Paisley tommorrow... The smell of that crematorium is delightful if I do say so myself.

Love love love!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

A Torn Mind EP Preview

Hello everyone...

Since the start of the year, things have been rather busy in the A Torn Mind camp. Through the long, dark winter, right through to the height of summer, we’ve been holed away recording, crafting, sculpting and building our brand new EP.

Despite being without a doubt, the single most challenging endeavor of our lives, these long months have also produced some of the funniest and most memorable experiences we’ve shared as a band to date.

So we think it’s only fair to bring everyone up to date with what’s been happening:

We are currently wrapping up production and preparing to send our final mix to be mastered and then pressed. As we near completion, we would like to take the time to thank everyone who has stuck by us since we began recording by asking how it’s been going, coming to watch us play live and generally showing an interest in our band.

We plan to post detailed information about the EP and release over the coming month, so please keep checking the website and MySpace for information regarding artwork and full track list, release date, launch show and where the hell you’ll be able to buy it!

But now… as promised:

A short promo video featuring a sneak preview of the EP’s opening track, “Sixes & Sevens” along with a small fraction of the footage we’ve amassed during the recording process.

Enjoy! – Thanks for sticking with us.

Euan, Chris, Grant & Ryan
A Torn Mind

Friday, 12 June 2009


3 live videos of our set at Rock Platform 2009.

Sixes & Sevens

Edge of the World