Posted in metal | music | tour dates | video on November 29, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

Ex-Torche-er Juan Montoya @ Webster Hall (more by Jason Bergman)

According to Lambgoat, and seemingly validated by the band's MySpace page (peep the "band members" section), guitarist Juan Montoya is no longer with Torche. Information is limited, but according to one message board poster, the band said,

We havent made a real announcement about it yet but we will. Juan is no longer playing with us due to lots of personal reasons. We'll be a three piece for a while. Did it two nights in a row and we think it was excellent. Sorry if anyone's bummed out. We're not.


According to a poster on Lambgoat who was at the show on November 24th in Gainseville, FL, "Torche played as a 3-piece (they're typically a 4 piece, right?) and the singer/guitarist had a fresh black eye." This news comes as Torche's 2008 album Meanderthal continues to be lauded by critics. Decibel Magazine named it album of the year. Pitchfork's Show No Mercy listed it at #2.

Juan Montoya, while he was in Torche, recently interviewed Harvey Milk's Steven Tanner for Revolver. You can read that HERE. All tour dates, and videos of Torche playing as a trio in Orlando on November 25th, below...

TORCHE the TRIO live in Orlando, FL 11/25/08

Torche - 2008 Tour Dates
Dec 4 - Scala w/ISIS London
Dec 5 - All Tomorrows Parties Festival Minehead
Dec 6 - ATP day off! Minehead
Dec 7 - Corporation w/ISIS Sheffield
Dec 8 - The Regal w/ISIS Oxford



Comments (31)

wow, this band now sucks.

Posted by d | November 29, 2008 10:02 PM

As a fan of this band since they were Floor ... this sucks and I have no clue HOW they are going to be as great anymore. I guess they're done now.

Posted by michael | November 29, 2008 10:06 PM

maybe they can replace him

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 2:09 AM

Major letdown. From his artwork to his playing to his mini-hulk stage-stance, he will be missed and will not be easy to replace.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 9:25 AM

"Over The Edge" shirt evaaah...beotches.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 11:18 AM

Yeah, I want that Underdog shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 12:45 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 6:47 PM

Bummer. Meanderthal's a great record, and his playing is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 7:21 PM

Marnie Stern > Juan Montoya

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 10:53 PM

The shirt sucks, the music is so so

Posted by underground music | November 30, 2008 11:05 PM

I'm pretty sure Steve Rick and Jon will come up with someone to fill the void. Even though juan will be missed it isnt the end of Torche. The music could be even better than it is already.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:38 AM

Saw these guys as a three piece recently and it was my favorite time seeing them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 4:03 AM

I love when bands fight!

Check out Mighty High...In Drug City here -

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 10:36 AM

saw them play in Delaware and it ended with him and the drummer almost kicking each others asses

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:25 PM

they played really well without him actually. fuck it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:14 PM

what happened to his F1 career? I hear he's in nascar now.

Posted by rod munch | December 1, 2008 2:26 PM

Juan was GOD. this sucks..and I love how the only clips on youtube of them as trio are them playing FLOOR songs, which were written with one guitar part to begin with. I'd love to hear them try to pull off 'Mentor' or 'Healer' with one guitar. good luck dudes..hope this is the right decision.

Posted by JT | December 1, 2008 3:25 PM

saw them last night with isis as a trio and they were incredible one of the biggest sounds ive ever heard from a three piece.

Posted by nick dilkes | December 8, 2008 3:51 AM

What??? Torche without Montoya??? I can't even imagine it, really. Steve may be the singer, but Juan was the character!

Posted by joeduxhall | December 8, 2008 1:14 PM

loud does not equal big... they definitely lack live as a 3 piece.

Posted by STrike | December 8, 2008 1:16 PM

whatever, juan is replaceable. and anyway, they sounded really great as a 3 peice! really!

Posted by juju | December 18, 2008 9:34 PM

any one that knows anything about their sound knows that juan is the harmony.with out him it sound like a weak backup band.juan is not replaceable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 1:11 PM

Floor is great. Torche was better. No Montoya no Torche. Just more Floor. Not necessarily a bad thing, but Juan made Torche. I'm fucking bummed. Who are they going to replace him with?

Posted by mike p | December 24, 2008 7:49 AM

I'm not even a huge Torche fan. They rock, however. I saw them open for Jesu on one occasion and open for Mogwai on another. In both instances, they blew my mind. Juan was a big part of their stage presence. You need at least one guy long-ass hair who can pass for Lemmy's love-child. Unfortunately, their live presence doesn't translate well into their studio recordings (hence my not being a huge fan--but a lukewarm fan nonetheless).

Posted by drei | December 31, 2008 11:25 AM

I'm glad we had this talk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2008 12:55 PM

I don’t know the real reason behind his not being now with the band but is SUCKS big time; not being able to see him do what NOBODY can do better; play like a god. From his presence, and charisma, he will be sorely missed and it is a shame that this band got so dismembered. Whose fault it’s? Nobody knows but there is NOTHING that truly justifies this happening. Torche WAS great; now will be just average. Sorry guys...

Posted by Nicky | February 19, 2009 1:33 PM

Any questions on how torche will handle "Healer" without Juan? Checkout Scion fest video on you tube. Now you can hear those lead parts. Case closed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:00 PM

Thanks so much for sharing the information.

Posted by Music | February 13, 2010 3:25 PM

I saw Xiu Xiu live once. they were very good.

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Islam is a religion of peace

Posted by منتديات | February 23, 2011 12:58 PM

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