Entries tagged with: Torche
by Ian Chainey
Andrew Elstner with Torche in NYC in 2011 (more by Justin Tyler)
St. Louis' Tilts, the sorta stonery/sorta power poppy/definitely rocking quartet featuring Andrew Elstner of Torche and Riddle of Steel, funded their second record through Kickstarter last month. Titled Cuatro Hombres, the album is set to be released through Robotic Empire on June 24. Rough tracks teased by the band definitely aren't hurting for riffs, sticking the landing within the Venn diagram that conjoins Queens of the Stone Age, Shiner, and a Yellow Pills compilation. Fans of Tilts' eponymous EP collection that greatly improved many 2012 summer days will no doubt be just as smitten with the new stuff.
To celebrate their sophomore status, Tilts will be hitting the road for select dates. The tour hits Chicago on June 28 at Township with Big'n, Buildings, Cougars and Haymarket. Advance tickets are on sale now.
All of the dates appear below along with Tilts' unmastered version of "Touchdown" and four tracks from their 2012 self-titled album...
photos by Kirstie Shanley
Torche at Do Division 2013 on 05.31.2013
The 2013 Do Division Street Festival took place this past weekend (from 5/31 - 6/02) in the Ukrainian Village. Friday (5/31) featured Disappears, Torche, Planetsexploder, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, and a few other bands, as well as some light rain (which continued throughout the weekend). We've got a set of pictures from Friday of Do Div in this post.
KEN Mode @ the Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
Winnipeg's KEN Mode aren't into staying off the road for too long. The trio will continue their never-ending lap of the U.S. by linking up with Torche in the beginning of May. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on May 31 with locals Tight Phantomz. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available. As discussed, Torche will also be playing at Do Division 2013 on May 31. And don't forget, KEN Mode will return to Chicago on July 20 to play the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (tickets).
All KEN Mode dates, a tour poster, a stream of this year's excellent Entrench, and their new video for "Counter Culture Complex" are below...
Torche @ Metro, October 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
As discussed, Do Division 2013 is set to take place from May 31 - June 2 (on Division St. between Damen Ave. & Leavitt St.). Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti were the first act to be revealed for the street fest, and it has now been announced that Torche, Gaslamp Killer, JEFF the Brotherhood, Tilly and the Wall, Night Moves, and many more acts have been added to the bill.
Check out the current lineups-by-day below...
photos by Jimmy Farabi
Converge's Jacob Bannon getting up-close-and-personal at Metro on 10.18.2012
On Thursday night (10/18) Converge brought their stacked tour with Torche and Kvelertak through Chicago for a performance at Metro with locals Like Rats. That tour, which is still ongoing, is in support of their excellent new LP, All We Love We Leave Behind. Take a listen to that album via Spotify, and check out a full set of pictures from their 10/18 show at Metro below...
Ty Segall @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Tickets for ZZ Top's October 2 show at The Chicago Theatre go on sale this Saturday (8/25) at noon CST. A presale will be active from 10AM to 10PM today; the password is future.
Tickets for John Legend's November 7 show at The Chicago Theatre with Lianne La Havas go on sale this Saturday at 11AM CST.
Tickets for Kreayshawn's December 1 show at Metro with Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, and Chippy Nonstop go on sale today at noon CST.
Converge @ House of Vans (BKLYN) (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Boston hardcore outfit Converge are set to release their new album, All We Love We Leave Behind, on October 9 via Epitaph/Deathwish. The LP will serve as the group's first since 2009's Axe to Fall. Converge haven't shared any album tracks yet, but stay tuned for more album information.
They have, however, shared that they'll be touring the US this fall with support from Torche and Kvelertak. That tour is scheduled to visit Chicago on October 18 for a performance at Metro. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/24) at noon CST.
All Converge tour dates and a couple of videos are below...
Corrosion of Conformity @ Reggie's in July (photo by MXV)
Corrosion of Conformity are gearing up for the release of their new, self-titled LP, out February 28th via Candlelight. The 11-track album was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in LA, produced by John Custer/mixed by John Lousteau, and features artwork from Seldon Hunt (Melvins, Neurosis, Isis). In support of the LP, the band will head out on tour this March, reaching the Double Door on March 7th with Torche and Valient Thorr. This tour will feature CoC's classic three-piece lineup of Mike Dean (bass, vocals), Woody Weatherman (guitar), and Reed Mullin (drums). They'll be focusing in on Animosity, Technocracy, and their brand new songs, too. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Saturday (1/7), at noon CST.
As BBG mentioned, Corrosion of Conformity will also play a late January date in Asheville, NC with Hail! Hornet and Zoroaster as part of the Slow Southern Steel tour, which reaches Reggie's on February 3rd.
All 2012 tour dates, below..
Torche @ MHoW two weeks ago
I've been to three heavy shows in the past two weeks, and if I don't take a moment to geek out about gear, I'd be leaving out a huge part of what draws me to bands like The Sword, Helms Alee, and Coliseum. Nothing sounds as crushing as a carefully constructed tube amp and speaker cab, and heavy bands who invest in gear by companies like Sunn, Orange, or Chicago's own Emperor add color to their tone that can help inspire more colorful music. Helms Alee creates textural tones and the occasional soft verse that make their heavy riffs stand out as more emotional and less boneheaded than most "metal" bands with their Verellen Amplifiers, constructed by their guitarist Ben Verellen and endorsed by other Seattle musicians such as Minus the Bear, Heather Duby, and producer Matt Bayles (ex-Minus the Bear).
Helms Alee is a true power trio instrumentally and vocally, with each band member contributing their voice at the appropriate time, amounting to a variety of beautifully primal harmonies. Drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margulis (Hozi) adds her higher scream to intensify Verellen's low yell, also using her low singing to fill out bassist Dana James' soft voice spots like the slow verses of "Epic Adventure Through the Woods" from their new LP Weatherhead. Verellen is not exceptional at singing solo, but blends well with Hozi and James in harmonizing sections.
Big Business was much better than I expected after seeing them open for Tool in 2007. The Bottom Lounge is a perfect sized venue for the band, as opposed to the outdoor pavilion lawn I originally heard them from. They played a relentless, high energy set fueled by drummer Coady Willis, who reinforces the band's screams through a headset mic. Bassist Jared Warren adapts his iconic sludge metal voice over the varying degrees of instrumental intensity. Guitarist Scott Martin has a smoother voice than the other two, and he sounds a lot like what I'd expect from a guy with a handlebar mustache. "Guns" was a highlight of the performance, opening with a bass line that alternated between a low grind and high sonar bleeps. The drums built up the rhythm until they hit the chorus of "Guns, Guns, Guns are better than everything else" (the only lyrics in the song), which is the mantra from which the entire song's rhythm is defined. When I first heard the track I didn't think it was too interesting, but after witnessing the band's humor I realized the sarcasm, as did many other audience members, though there were still quite a few confused stares.
I've been waiting to see Torche for several years now, and though they are a very tight live band, their set lacked the excitement of Helms Alee's. The vocals were not nearly as impressive as on their recordings, as Steve Brooks handled them by himself much of the time, juggling guitar duties and projecting his voice. The first half of their set was dominated by melodic rock, drawing heavily from their 2008 LP Meanderthal. The second half was much more sludgy, and at times the vocals were muddied more by their Drop-A guitar tuning or a completely slack, toneless "bomb string," as Brooks calls it.
Torche @ MHoW last week (more by Justin Tyler)
today in Chicago
* Band of Heathens, Musikanto @ Schubas
* Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee @ Bottom Lounge
* Distractions, Bob Deys Tank Engine Man @ The Whistler
* Wilderness of Manitoba, Eddie The Wheel @ Empty Bottle
Anna Calvi played "Desire" on Letterman last night. Check out the footage below.