TOS is an indie rock band comprised of five multi-talented musicians from Metrowest Boston. Formed in September 2015, TOS is fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter, Sophia Ward. The band performs all original songs, with Jackson Parker on lead guitar, Jonathan Sommer on rhythm guitar, Jae Mannion on bass and backup vocals, and Mitch Rolla on drums. Sophia is a prolific and sensitive writer whose compositions come to fruition in the collaborative hands of her talented bandmates. Their music is a sophisticated blend of up-tempo tunes, slow and beautiful ballads, and wry, clever commentaries on life. TOS songs convey a depth and breadth of feeling, perspective, and experience that transcend their years, and appeal to a wide demographic.
TOS has quickly gained momentum, playing at venues such as The Regent Theatre in Arlington, and the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. They placed third at Canobie Lake Park’s Battle of the Bands this past summer and second at the Young Performer's Grand Finale Showcase 2016. Their debut album “Killer” was released on July 9th 2016. In addition, the band has captured the attention of experienced music reviewer Geoff Wilbur, who has attended and reviewed multiple performances, including their album release party.
How would you characterize your musical style?
Who are you - what is your story?
The five of us met through the same music school. We have been together as a band for almost a year and a half and have achieved many milestones together (such as organizing and performing in numerous benefit concerts, placing highly in battle of the bands competitions, and recording our first album!) We are known in our hometown for our soulful and authentic sound and our professional and energetic performances. We have over forty original compositions in our repertoire.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
To us, great music invokes emotion and captures the audience. Something we strive for during our performances is to connect with and portray the feelings of our songs to our listeners. We always use real instruments and no autotune or prerecorded tracks because we feel that takes away from a truly authentic experience. Every song is based off of real events, which is why we are able to deliver such a sentimental and lively show every time we perform.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
The biggest obstacle we have faced as young musicians has been promoting and booking ourselves. When you're "just kids" people tend to overlook your capabilities and commitment. There are also a lot of venues that only book bands that are over 21 year old. This is difficult because we often find a venue holds a lot of potential for us, but we're turned down before the booker has even heard our music because we're under 21.
What does it mean to be chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist?
Being chosen for the Pavoh Music Awards means a lot because it shows us that other people are enjoying our music and believe in us as musicians.