Entries tagged with: Torche
by Ian Chainey
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. On June 27, the tour gets rolling in Milwaukee, wraps up on July 2 in Atlanta, and hits Chicago, NYC and other places along the way. The NYC show happens at Cake Shop on June 30 with similar riff-smiths (though with a bluesier bent) The Brought Low and the slightly spacier Thursday/Rival Schools offshoot States and Kingdoms (P.S. please record, please). Tickets are $8 dollars at the door.
As for Torche, the sludge pop heavies are presumably still working on their next album to be released sometime this summer. In March, bassist Jonathan Nuñez said:
"The music is like what we do, along with Motörhead: very driving, very heavy on the toms, real pounding rhythm section, the guitars are just nonstop, but with a melodic twist. Then the vocals come in, and it's this whole Psychedelic Furs--and maybe Guided By Voices--phrasing. It's an exciting song. We were like, 'Whoa.' None of us saw that coming. I think that's what keeps us entertained."Whoa indeed. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks just wrapped up his tour with Floor who are supporting their newest album, Oblation.
All of the dates appear below along with Tilts' unmastered version of "Touchdown", four tracks from their 2012 self-titled album, and videos of their future Cake Shop compatriots...
by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)
Cancer at Maryland Deathfest
The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.
In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.
It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.
MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."
This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."
Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.
But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!
Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:
MDF recap, photos & video continued below...
by Doug Moore
Floor at MHOW, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you've been watching this space for the past few months, you know that we're stoked about the upcoming Floor reunion album, Oblation. With Oblation's April 29 release date via Season of Mist fast approaching, the band have released a fourth pre-release single from the album (via the AV Club). We touched on the three previous singles "War Party," "Find Away" and "Sister Sophia."
Like its three predecessors, "Trick Scene" makes it clear that the new iteration of Floor is effectively a continuation of the sound established on their 2002 self-titled LP and continued briefly on the early recordings by main man Steve Brooks's other band, Torche. That may bum you out if the uglier sounds of 2004's Dove are your jam, but I'm digging the new stuff. Stream "Trick Scene" and the other three new Floor singles below and decide for yourself.
As previously mentioned, the band are also going on a North American tour in support of Oblation this May. The tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on May 5. No supporting acts have been announced yet, but you can buy tickets now.
Stream those four singles and check out the full set of dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Floor at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The reunited Floor has been generous with streaming tracks from their forthcoming LP, Oblation, due out April 29 on Season of Mist. True to form, the first two songs Floor let loose, "Find Away" and "War Party," are built on the bones of big, sludgy and melodic riffs. "Sister Sophia," streaming via AllMusic.com is no exception--it's a fun listen. Give it a whirl below.
Floor recently were interviewed by Converse x Decibel about the band's reunion and the new album -- check out the video below. The band will also be hitting the road soon, and a few dates have been revealed. No NYC show yet, but stay tuned and check out the current list of dates below
Meanwhile, frontman Steve Brooks' other band, Torche, recently played a one-off show at Saint Vitus -- did you go?
Tour dates are listed, along with video and song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Floor at MHOW in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Reunited Floridian sludge-poppers Floor released the first single from their long-awaited new album, Oblation, a few weeks back. They've debuted another today, titled "Find Away" (via Terrorizer). Like its predecessor, "Find Away" doesn't offer much in the way of surprises if you're familiar with frontman Steve Brooks's work; it's built on a big, muscular riff that provides major-key context for Brooks's somnambulant singing. But Floor isn't really about crazy formal experimentation, so that should be no object. Listen for yourself below.
Brooks's other band Torche are playing a previously discussed one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus Wednesday night (2/26) (presented by Noisey). The show's sold out, but you lucky stiffs who scored tickets are in for a treat -- the current two-guitar incarnation of Torche is a far superior live force to the one-guitar iteration that toured between 2008 and 2011.
Stream both "Find Away" and previous single "War Party" below...
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks back that Floridian sludge-pop progenitors Floor had announced plans to release an album called Oblation, their first since 2004's Dove (and the first since they reunited for the long term last year) this coming April. The band have now debuted a song from the album -- titled "War Party," but not to be confused with the GWAR album -- via Stereogum.
If you're a fan of Floor's two early-'00s LPs and guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks's work with his newer band Torche, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this song: huge guitar sounds, hard-fought grooves, and major-key melodies. Kurt Ballou (of Converge, etc.) recorded this album, and its sound is characteristic of his work; his production balances clarity, grit, and bass-rich heft.
Stream "War Party" below...
Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Pre-Torche sludge popsters Floor have a new album on the way and just played a one-off at Saint Vitus last week (1/29), and if that isn't enough for you, TORCHE will now also play a one-off at Saint Vitus on February 26, presented by Noisey. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Torche video below...
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
Hot Water Music at MHOW in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Hot Water Music will be playing a short run of Northeast holiday shows in December, bringing Torche and O'Brother along for the ride. Those dates include NYC at Webster Hall on December 14. They'll also be playing the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 12. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon, with a band presale starting Tuesday (10/15) at 10 AM. There is also an AmEx presale for the Webster Hall show starting Wednesday (10/16) at noon.
Drummer George Rebelo will be staying busy that month, as he'll also be playing with Bouncing Souls for their run of holiday shows at Asbury Park's The Stone Pony.
All Hot Water Music tour dates are listed, along with the poster for the shows, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
photos by Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe
Torche by Keith Marlowe
As discussed previously, Torche played the Invisible Oranges showcase during Northside Festival at 285 Kent on Friday (6/14). Backed by strong support from metallic Am-Rep lovers KEN Mode, blues-y riffers Lo-Pan and groove-leaning black metal badasses Inter Arma, the sold out show was a monster. More pictures from the IO showcase are in this post.
The IO show happened at basically the same time as Kylesa at Music Hall of Williamsburg , just a few blocks away and also part of the greater Northside Festival.
More 285 Kent pics are below.
photo by Caroline Harrison)
Torche @ 285 Kent, 6/14/2013
285 Kent has seen it's share of wildness over the years, but Friday night during Northside Festival was a different animal. Floridian bubblegum-sludge favorites Torche headlined the space along with KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma, one of only a handful of metal shows to grace the space (Pitchfork's Show No Mercy was another). More photos and video from the show are up at InvisibleOranges.
The show was one of two Inter Arma shows in Brooklyn, with the band also hitting Union Pool the next day as part of an Invisible Oranges event for Summer Thunder where they were joined by Anicon and Pyrrhon.
by Fred Pessaro
Inter Arma at IO-SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Limp Wrist. Torche. Kylesa. Contrast Attitude. Subhumans. Inter Arma. Mouth of the Architect. Does anything else need to be said about this weekend's massive lineup, Northside or otherwise?
We know my feelings on tonight's IO-presented Torche show (in a punk space!) and tomorrow's IO-presented FREE day show at Union Pool with Inter Arma, but tomorrow's Limp Wrist show with associated gay dance party afterword sounds absolutely unmissable, as does Sunday's more-punk-oriented Limp Wrist show at LPR.
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.
Torche at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Torche are here, bringing their woofer-shaking doom-pop along with metallic noise-killers KEN Mode and stoner-y groove merchants Lo-Pan as part of a string of dates together. Inter Arma opens the show tonight at 285 Kent (6/14, tickets or Northside badge gets you in) and will play a second show tomorrow at Union Pool (6/15) as part of the FREE Summer Thunder series with Anicon and Pyrrhon.
Both shows are brought to you by InvisibleOranges, and you can win one of five pairs of tickets to 285 Kent. Details on how to win and related video are below
Weedeater at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
InvisibleOranges and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the Weedeater North American tour, which includes shows state to state throughout the summer (unfortunately no NYC, though). The band, who recently played Saint Vitus and Maryland Deathfest around Memorial Day, will share dates with ASG and Lo-Pan along the way. Full tour schedule is below.
Putting a bird in your ear: Torche 7" art
More sunny sludge from Torche, who have released the new track "Keep Up," which will be found on the fothcoming Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club 7. Stream it below and look for the 7" to surface in physical form in July.
As mentioned, Torche will perform at 285 Kent on June 14 with Lo-Pan, KEN Mode and Inter Arma as part of an Invisible Oranges presented Northside showcase. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Invisible Oranges have announced their inaugural Northside Festival showcase for June 14 at 285 Kent. The punk venue will return headliners Torche back to their roots, and they'll be joined by stellar support from KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma! Tickets are on sale or you can get in with your Northside badge The show is a stop on Torche and KEN Mode's tour, dates of which are listed below.
Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement regarding a day show on June 15 at a space TBA. Promises to be a rager. In the meantime, check out a Torche video below.
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
Torche at Saint Vitus (more by Harriet Roberts)
On a freezing and snowy Saturday evening (3/2), Torche played Saint Vitus with the garage-y Dirty Fences (who play Cake Shop tonight) and supercrew Argonauts (mems Burnt By The Sun, Municipal Waste, Revocation, East of the Wall). The sold-out show did not feature an appearance from Iron Reagan, who cancelled due to scheduling conflict. More pictures are available at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Turbonegro at House of Vans, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
No matter where you fall in the debates regarding their new vocalist, if there's one thing that's certain is that Turbonegro still put on a hell of a live show. So far the Norwegian band has mostly European shows in their calendar, a majority of which are in their home country. But the tongue-in-cheek band will hit the US in late May for a string of dates (including Punk Rock Bowling). While details are still emerging, look for Turbonegro at Irving Plaza on May 18 with guest Dirty Fences. Tickets go on presale Thursday (2/28) at 10AM, and regular sale the following day (3/1) at 10 Am.
Dirty Fences WILL play another show though and in the near future. Look for the band to be first of four at Saint Vitus on Saturday (3/2) where they'll join the previously discussed Torche, Argonauts, and last night's guests at StV, Iron Reagan. The show is sold out.
All Turbonegro dates are listed, along with video, below.
Argonauts at Union Pool, March 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Let's be honest, supporting Torche is not the most enviable of positions when you've got a sold-out show. It takes a band with balls to play right before them, and luckily the first of two openers for the sold-out show at Saint Vitus on March 2 has been revealed. Argonauts (mems of Revocation, East of The Wall, Burnt By The Sun, Municipal Waste) will play direct support to Torche, with more bands still to be revealed. As stated above, tickets are sold out, but as sponsors of the show, BrooklynVegan will be giving away a few pairs for free. Details on how to enter are below.
BV and Invisible Oranges are also proud sponsors of upcoming shows at Saint Vitus with Deafheaven / Sannhet, Acid King, and most imminently, two nights with YOB that kick off on Sunday (2/10). Tickets for all of those shows are still available.
UPDATE 6PM: Tonight's St. Vitus show (Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, A Truth) has been cancelled due to Nemo.
In related metal news, as we just updated in our list of Nemo-related cancellations, we thought we'd let you know that tonight's scheduled Gojira / Devin Townsend / Altas Moth show at Irving Plaza has been postponed till February 19. That's one day after their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Torche track stream and contest details are below.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Jonathan of Torche at Metro in Chicago, Oct 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to announce the return of Torche to NYC at Saint Vitus on March 2, a one-off appearance for the sunny sludge metal Floridians. Support is still TBA, but tickets are on sale.
In related news, 50% of Torche (namely Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith) also serve as part of the grind crew Shitstorm. THAT band will be involved in a whopper of a show in Miami.... the FIRST show in ages from the legendary Infest! That band, who are confirmed to reunite for Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas in May, will join Strong Intention, Magrudergrind, Insult, Shitstorm, Asshole Parade and Vaccine for the March 9 appearance at Churchill's in Miami. More details, including tickets can be found here.
All Torche dates and a stream of 2012 favorite Harmonicraft is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Incendiary at Knitting Factory, July 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)
Incendiary will open for the 87-demo lineup of Breakdown when the band takes the stages of Public Assembly on December 22. The Long Island hardcore crew will be joined by The Last Stand, Get Involved and Shell Shock, and tickets for this Brooklyn-Vegan-presented event are still available. Get 'em while you can! Flyer is below.
Following their dates together with Clutch, Mondo Generator will team with Saviours and Wino for a show at Saint Vitus on January 2. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below. As you may have read, Nick of Mondo Generator is back with his old bandmates on the new Queens of the Stone Age record.
An avalanche of new tracks today, including the new title track from the forthcoming "Harmonslaught" 7" by Torche, a new Ghost track (HERE), a new Suffocation track from their forthcoming LP, and last but not least a new Portal track. The latter will appear on the band's forthcmong new LP (!) Vexovoid, due via Profound Lore on Feb 19, 2013. Check out all of those new tracks below.
All streams and a listing of all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks (and last two of 2012) year are below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.