Torche Biography & News
There's heavy metal, and then there's Torche. The band's sound is often described as sludge metal, or stoner metal … and they've been awfully busy putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length studio album. And in case you're wondering, it's likely to be 'heavier than ever.'
Torche formed a decade ago and has three prior studio albums, four EPs, two split albums and three singles under its belt. With Steve Brooks, Juan Montoya, Jonathan Nunez and Rick Smith playing together, they mastered a hard-hitting sound that blew up their fanbase worldwide. Of course it helped that they landed spots on tour with the likes of Mogwai, Pelican, Isis, Black Cobra, Boris, Harvey Milk, High on Fire and so many others. Still, Torche has managed to run with its success and shows no signs of slowing down.
It was the band's second album, "Meanderthal," that brought them widespread critical acclaim. It made Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 list, charting at the very top of the list, and garnered a rating of 8.2 out of 10 on Pitchfork Media. The success wasn't dampened by news of Montoya leaving the bnad later that year, and they operated as a three-man outfit while headlining a tour alongside Circa Survive. On January 14, 2011, it was announced that Andrew Elstner (of Riddle of Steel) would be joining Torche.
The band was hoping for a summer release of its latest album, but may still be eyeing early fall. In the meantime, they recently celebrated turning a decade old with a show at Churchhill's Pub alongside openers Haochi Waves, Watelands and Bruiser.
|Album name||Release date|
|Songs for Singles||2010|
|Healer / Across the Shields||2009|
Top 10 Torche Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|3||Walk it Off||24,024||7,843|
|6||Snakes Are Charmed||20,488||6,731|
|10||Kiss Me Dudely||16,967||5,962|
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Metallers Torche Announces New Album, Tour Dates
Sludge metal band Torche is all set to release their fourth studio album, Restarter, on February 24 via Relapse Records. In an interview with Rolling Stone conducted earlier this year, bassist Jonathan Nuñez said that the album will include “heavy, melodic crushers…and heavy ‘80s pop song vibes.” To commemorate the occasion, Torche is hitting the…Read more
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Torche Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/29/2015 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub 03/27/2015 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 03/26/2015 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus 03/25/2015 Allston MA Great Scott 03/24/2015 Allston MA Great Scott 03/23/2015 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place 03/21/2015 Toronto ON Lee's Palace 03/20/2015 Ferndale MI The Loving Touch 03/19/2015 Toledo OH Frankies 03/18/2015 Grand Rapids MI The Pyramid Scheme 03/17/2015 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 03/16/2015 Columbus OH Skully's Music Diner 03/15/2015 Milwaukee WI Cactus Club 03/14/2015 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 03/13/2015 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 03/11/2015 Dallas TX Club Dada 03/10/2015 Austin TX Red 7 03/09/2015 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 03/08/2015 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon 03/07/2015 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 03/06/2015 Atlanta GA Masquerade 03/05/2015 Orlando FL Backbooth 01/21/2015 Miami FL Grand Central 01/20/2015 Tampa FL The Crowbar 01/19/2015 Gainesville FL The Atlantic 01/18/2015 Tallahassee FL Rehab 01/17/2015 Wilmington NC Ziggy's By the Sea 01/16/2015 Winston-Salem NC Ziggy's 01/10/2015 Austin TX Emo's Austin 01/09/2015 Tulsa OK Cain's Ballroom 01/08/2015 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 01/07/2015 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 01/06/2015 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 01/04/2015 Orlando FL House of Blues Orlando 01/03/2015 Atlanta GA Center Stage Theatre
Torche Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/31/2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club 12/30/2014 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 12/29/2014 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 12/28/2014 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 12/27/2014 Cincinnati OH Bogarts 10/19/2014 Sydney Nsw Oxford Art Factory 10/18/2014 Melbourne Vic The Corner Hotel 10/17/2014 Perth WA Rosemount Hotel 10/16/2014 Fortitude Valley Qld Crowbar 09/30/2014 Tampa FL The Orpheum 09/29/2014 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 09/27/2014 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus 09/26/2014 Pittsburgh PA The Smiling Moose 09/24/2014 Akron OH Musica 09/23/2014 Columbus OH Ace of Cups 09/22/2014 Nashville TN The End 09/21/2014 Atlanta GA Estoria 97 09/20/2014 Gainesville FL The Atlantic 09/19/2014 Jacksonville FL Burro Bar 09/18/2014 Miami FL Churchill's Pub 02/26/2014 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus
Torche Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/21/2013 Atlanta GA 529 12/20/2013 Greensboro NC The Blind Tiger 12/19/2013 Charlotte NC Tremont Music Hall 12/18/2013 Asheville NC The Mothlight 12/17/2013 Richmond VA Strange Matter 12/15/2013 Boston MA Royale Boston 12/14/2013 New York NY Webster Hall 12/13/2013 Philadelphia PA Trocadero Theatre 12/12/2013 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 12/11/2013 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live 12/10/2013 Huntington WV V Club 10/30/2013 Tampa FL Crowbar 10/26/2013 Ottawa ON National Arts Centre 08/29/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel 08/22/2013 Belfast Bfs Voodoo 08/20/2013 Glasgow Glg Broadcast 08/19/2013 London London The Garage 08/17/2013 London London The Garage 07/18/2013 Dour Wal La Plaine de La Machine a Feu 07/17/2013 Trier Exhaus 07/12/2013 Madrid LU El Sol 07/11/2013 Vitoria-Gasteiz Basque Country Azkena 07/06/2013 Helsinki Kuudes Linja 07/02/2013 Arendal Tromoya 06/20/2013 Calgary AB Dickens Pub 06/15/2013 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 06/14/2013 Brooklyn NY 285 Kent 06/13/2013 West Chester PA The Note 06/12/2013 Providence RI AS220 06/10/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 06/08/2013 Toronto ON Lee's Palace 06/07/2013 Grand Rapids MI The Pyramid Scheme 06/06/2013 Detroit MI Magic Stick 06/05/2013 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 06/04/2013 Columbus OH Ace of Cups 06/03/2013 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 06/02/2013 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 06/01/2013 Milwaukee WI Cactus Club 05/30/2013 Kansas City MO Czar Bar 05/29/2013 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 05/24/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/24/2013 San Diego CA House of Blues San Diego 05/23/2013 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 05/22/2013 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 05/21/2013 Oakland CA Oakland Metro Operahouse 05/20/2013 San Francisco CA SF Eagle Tavern 05/18/2013 West Hollywood CA The Troubadour 05/16/2013 Albuquerque NM Launchpad 05/14/2013 Dallas TX Club Dada 05/13/2013 Austin TX Red 7 05/12/2013 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 05/11/2013 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 05/10/2013 Atlanta GA 529 03/02/2013 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus 02/08/2013 Atlanta GA 529 02/07/2013 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 02/06/2013 Charlotte NC Tremont Music Hall 02/05/2013 Asheville NC Broadways
Torche Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/16/2012 Orlando FL The Social 12/15/2012 Gainesville FL The Atlantic 12/14/2012 Miami FL Churchill's Pub 12/13/2012 Tampa FL The Orpheum 12/06/2012 Orlando FL The Social 11/15/2012 Richmond VA The Camel 11/14/2012 Baltimore MD Ottobar 11/12/2012 Boston MA Royale Boston 11/11/2012 New York NY Highline Ballroom 11/10/2012 Asbury Park NJ The Stone Pony 11/10/2012 Asbury Park NJ The Stone Pony 11/09/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 11/08/2012 Durham NC Motorco Music Hall 11/06/2012 Nashville TN Exit In 11/05/2012 Birmingham AL Zydeco 11/04/2012 Little Rock AR Downtown Music 11/03/2012 Houston TX 77007 TX Fitzgerald's - Downstairs 11/02/2012 Austin TX Auditorium Shores 11/01/2012 Dallas TX Club Dada 10/30/2012 Mesa AZ Nile Theatre 10/28/2012 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 10/27/2012 Pomona CA The Glass House 10/26/2012 San Francisco CA Slims 10/24/2012 Seattle WA El Corazon 10/21/2012 Denver CO Marquis Theater 10/20/2012 Lawrence KS Granada 10/19/2012 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock Social Club 10/17/2012 Bowling Green OH Howard's Club H 10/16/2012 Detroit MI Magic Stick 10/15/2012 Columbus OH Skully's Music Diner 10/14/2012 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar 10/12/2012 New Britain CT Club INT. 10/10/2012 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 09/30/2012 Dortmund NW FZW 09/29/2012 Koln NW Luxor 09/28/2012 Berlin BE Bi Nuu 09/27/2012 Zurich ZH Dynamo 09/26/2012 Munich 59 to 1 09/25/2012 Stuttgart BW 1210 09/24/2012 Wiesbaden HE Schlachthof 09/23/2012 Hamburg HH Hafenklang 09/22/2012 Osnabruck NI Bastard Club 09/21/2012 Brussels Magasin 4 09/20/2012 Paris ?? Le Divan du Monde 09/19/2012 Eindhoven NB De Effenaar 09/18/2012 Southampton Ham Soul Cellar 09/17/2012 Ithaca NY The Haunt 09/16/2012 London London XOYO 09/15/2012 Glasgow Glasgow Captain's Rest 09/14/2012 Nottingham Ntt Rock City 09/13/2012 Manchester Man NQ Live 08/14/2012 Seattle WA Highline 07/28/2012 Tallahassee FL Rehab 07/27/2012 Birmingham AL Zydeco 07/26/2012 Louisville KY Phoenix Hill Tavern 07/21/2012 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks 06/19/2012 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 06/18/2012 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 06/17/2012 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 06/07/2012 Tempe AZ 910 Live 06/03/2012 Nashville TN Exit In 06/02/2012 Atlanta GA Masquerade 05/12/2012 Orlando FL Will's Pub 05/10/2012 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 03/12/2012 Dallas TX Trees 03/09/2012 Kansas City MO Beaumont Club 03/08/2012 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock Social Club 03/07/2012 Chicago IL Double Door 03/01/2012 New York NY Gramercy Theatre
Torche Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 08/04/2011 Seattle WA Neumos 07/31/2011 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 07/28/2011 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge 07/26/2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick 07/23/2011 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 07/20/2011 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 03/20/2011 Springfield VA Empire