Posted in metal | music | pictures on July 13, 2008

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Jason Bergman

Torche
Boris

Meet your new favorite band. If not you, then someone who's seen them live. Torche lit up (sorry) Webster Hall on July 10th with flapping down-tuned guitar strings, full body (not just head) bangs, bombastic loudquietloud, and hooks, hooks, and more hooks. The band drew heavily from the critically accliamed Meanderthal, but also from last year's equally acclaimed In Return. In the live setting, their sound definitely adheres closer to their (also must-have) self-titled LP, rumbling low-end thunder. They invited Q (dummer for Clouds) on stage to play toms on "Fat Waves".

Boris headlined the gala with Michio Kurihara in tow. Michio definitely blessed the band with some amazing dual lead work with Wata during "Pink". It never fails to impress me the kind of firepower they bring (over 1200 watts in vintage Matamps, Sunns, and Orange), and the volume definitely shows. Unfortunately though, as much as I love Boris and their ability the experiment and keep things fresh and new, the night belonged to Torche. (That was HARD for me to say)

Clouds show some of the same traits that make Torche so great, but to a lesser degree: big bombast, riffage galore all undercut by hooky songs. Clouds handled the stage well, almost making up for he fact that Adam McGrath is NOT doing Cave-in.

So how many of you bought that $250 Japanese pressing of the Boris Rainbow box set? More pics below...

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PREVIOUSLY: Boris @ Webster Hall, NYC - pics

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Comments (23)

i thought Torche weren't bad, though i didn't think much of the vocals or the vocal-heavy portions of their songs (found the riffs and progressions to be sort of dull and obvious), but their instrumental sections (which were lengthy) were pretty good.

Boris were great! very glad Kurihara was there. As Ghost are apparently not touring North America ever again, it's good to see him in some other setting. anybody have a setlist for the Boris set? The last piece, in particular, was astounding.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 10:31 AM

Torche was amazing, although the sound was awful for both them and Clouds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 11:20 AM

Torche sing their weak melodies like pussies. They are not my new favorite band. 2-3 note emoesque "hooks" aren't my thing.

Posted by Bill | July 13, 2008 11:35 AM

I thought Torche was pretty generic and boring, they were doing what Electric Wizard did 10 years ago.

I was also kind of disappointed with the Boris set, I've seen them about 5 times and it was probably the worst Boris show I've been to, not to say that they weren't really good anyway, but I've seen them on better nights. Michio stole the show as always. They played way way way too much material from Smile.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 11:42 AM

I dunno, I really loved their stuff on Smile so it worked fine for me. It could've used a bit more "rainbow" but eh *shrug* it's a Smile tour, watcha expect?

Also, while Torche's last epic drone-y piece was awesome, they didn't compare to Boris' set.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 1:10 PM

Yeah, I guess I'm just bummed they didn't play "Rafflesia", "Farewell", or "Just Abandoned Myself" -- three of my favorite Boris songs that they always play live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 1:36 PM

I was at this show and couldn't disagree more. Boris was incredible both sonically and musicianship -wise. Tourche, on the other hand, compared to a bad very of Zwan, which is already pretty bad. They really sounded like a band divided between metal and pop-punk. Very poor compared to Boris.

Posted by The Urban Naturalist | July 13, 2008 4:18 PM

Sorry man, Torche were heavy, but Boris was epic. The second half of Boris' set was absolutely phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 4:21 PM

torche was just whatever, boris was boris and clouds was seriously the worst doom pop crap i have ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 6:19 PM

Torche is nothing like Electric Wizard... at all.

And Electric Wizard is a Sabbath knockoff that adds nothing new.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 6:31 PM

You didn't even stay for all of Boris' set yet you're quick to say they weren't up to par with Torche...

http://www.crustcake.com/2008/07/i-fucking-did-it.html

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 8:40 PM

"The night belonged to Torche"

Agreed. And what's with all the Torche haters on here?

Posted by crustcake gerf | July 13, 2008 10:57 PM

Torche owned this show

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2008 9:10 AM

Kurihara! did they play "Rainbow"?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2008 1:10 PM

i believe that Ghost's hiatus from playing the US isn't permanent, but limited to when Bush is still in office. obviously that doesn't stop Kurihara or Batoh from playing; i asked Masaki if his recent tour w/ Helena Espvall conflicted w/ his self-proclaimed edict, and he just gave a gentle laugh.

the Boston show w/ Torche and Boris was excellent, though i long for the day when they return to material from either _Feedbacker_ or _Dronevil_

Posted by tim bugbee | July 14, 2008 2:44 PM

"oh torche was better...boris was better...blah blah wah wah..i can make a better reference than you"

when did every show become a fucking battle of the bands? isn't it possible to just enjoy all the bands to whatever degree suits your personal taste and say, "wow. that was a hell of show." i don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2008 7:03 PM

oh torche was better...boris was better...blah blah wah wah..i can make a better reference than you"

when did every show become a fucking battle of the bands? isn't it possible to just enjoy all the bands to whatever degree suits your personal taste and say, "wow. that was a hell of show." i don't get it.
YEAH I AGREE WITH THIS PERSON, YOU ALL SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF FAGS!

Posted by scorber 23 | July 15, 2008 3:38 AM

because hipsters are stupid idiots who have to one up everything and make themselves look cooler in the process.

Posted by matt | July 15, 2008 7:55 AM

torche fucking ruled. Their drummer is just what I want to see in a drummer. Solid as a motherfucker.
Clouds was great too. All the people who were thrown off by the AWFUL sound at that place should check out their record.
And Boris was epic.
Great tour. No weak spots. Wish it could always be like that.

Posted by rondo | July 16, 2008 8:04 PM

stoner metal elitists are hilarious

Posted by 305takeittodahouz | July 17, 2008 8:30 AM

p.s. its about time that torche is touring with a band on par or better than them live. hahah the past 44984 tours torche has done, they always blow away the headliner...

anyway, once this huge meanderthal trek finishes, they need to start headlining.

and all you poofs know nothing.

Posted by 305takeittodahouz | July 17, 2008 8:34 AM

I just saw them in detroit and got to shake Kuriharas hand. Torche definitely was the heaviest band their though.

Posted by ... | July 19, 2008 2:00 AM

I don't get it why is Dylan jealous? Link please?

Posted by louis vuitton | September 9, 2009 11:47 AM

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