Entries tagged with: Torche
Torche at MHoW (more by Justin Tyler)
Torche will hit the road with the UK's Part Chimp for a string of East Coast dates, according to recent tweets by the band. Though the full tour routing has yet to be revealed, the dates will include an appearance at Mercury Lounge on November 9th with Dirty Fences, and tickets go on sale at noon on 9/16.
US audiences have had limited recording-interaction with noise rockers Part Chimp, who released the bulk of their output on Mogwai's Rock Action Records in the UK. The band will share a split 12" with touring partners Torche in the near future though, according to Part Chimp member Iain Hinchliffe. More details are forthcoming. For now check out some Part Chimp video below...
Big Business at MHOW last week (more by Justin Tyler)
Big Business welcomes their Quadruple Single EP Tuesday via their own Gold Metal Records. The offering is the band's first with Scott Martin (Crom / 400 Blows) and is streaming in full below! Meanwhile, the Big Biz/Torche/Helms Alee triple threat is ongoing. Full tour schedule is below.
In related news, members of Crom serve in the great Despise You who will tour the East Coast for the first time ever this fall. Look for them at Shea Stadium on 9/11.
All tour dates and the EP stream, along with a video of Greg Gutfeld (Fox's Red Eye) discussing the mosh pit at MHOW, below...
photos by Justin Tyler, words by BBG
Torche (and wig) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Torche headlined a triple threat of massive riffery with Big Business and Helms Alee at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (7/20) as part of their larger tour together. For Helms Alee, the show was one of two that night with the band signing on for a late night show with The Austerity Program at The Charleston. The HydraHead trio of bands are currently in upstate New York and tour their way back to the West Coast by early August before splitting with Helms Alee and linking up with Thrones for more dates.
Big Business are currently touring in support of their new Quadruple Single EP out July 26th via their own Gold Metal Records imprint. Look for a full EP stream on Monday at BrooklynVegan.
Stream audio from part of Torche's set alongside more pictures of the band, Big Business, and Helms Alee below....
Helms Alee at Cake Shop (more by Markus Shaffer)
Similar to their labelmates Torche and Big Business, Helms Alee mixes the sweet with the blistering on their latest LP, Weatherhead. The Seattle band, which contains Ben Verellen of the much revered Harkonen, doles out booming riffs and catchy melodies in their hardcore inflected confections that will have you raising your clenched fist in celebration while you sing along. Weatherhead is currently on sale via Hydrahead with its official release date set for Tuesday, but you can exclusively stream it in its entirety here and now, below.
After a record release celebration with Akimbo, Brothers of The Sonic Cloth, and Norska on June 29th at Neumos in Seattle, Helms Alee will pick up a show in Austin at Red 7 on 7/6 before joining Torche and Big Business on tour in July. The trio will tag Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/20 and tickets are still available. OR, if you're feeling lucky you can try your hand at winning a pair AND a 2LP copy of Weatherhead at our Facebook!
All tour dates and that album stream is below.
Steve Brooks of Torche at The Charleston (more by Samantha Marble)
Torche will hit the road with Big Business and Helms Alee for a US tour that kicks off in Texas in July and swings into Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 20th. Ticket info is forthcoming. All dates are listed below.
The NYC date is a shade more than three months after Steve Brooks (Torche) will hit the same venue with his other outfit, Floor. They play MHOW on 4/13 with Magrudergrind & Hawks. Tickets are still available.
Torche recently announced that they are a trio no more!
Tilts vocalist/guitarist Andrew Elstner is joining the well-regarded stoner-metal band Torche. The latter group, which has members in Atlanta, Gainesville and Miami, has known Elstner since he was the vocalist/guitarist for Riddle of Steel. When that band ended a few years ago, it coincided with Torche splitting with guitarist Juan Montoya.That "jam session" is more than that, as the band worked out ten new songs for a forthcoming LP. No word on that record, but look for it soon.
"[Torche] singer/guitarrer Steve Brooks found out I was a free agent, and we've been in touch ever since," Elstner says. "He's also a big fan of Tilts too, so we'd been trying to coordinate a jam/hang session for a long time and scheduling has been tough."
That session finally happened this week in Gainesville, Florida -- and by all accounts, it went well.
"It's been sleep, eat, jam since I got here," Elstner says. "Surreal and awesome."- [River Front Times]
In also related news, Melvins (which features all members of Big Business) are playing some classic LPs over two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets are still available for June 6th featuring Lysol, Eggnog, and Houdini in its entrety, and June 7th featuring Bullhead & Stoner Witch (tickets).
Right next door to Floor on the same night, you can catch The Ocean at Public Assembly with East of The Wall & Flourishing.
All Torche dates and some video is below.
Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)
After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.
Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.
In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.
Phil of Kylesa at Public Assembly (more by Markus Shaffer)
Kylesa are having a great end-of-year thanks to many accolades for their 2010 effort Spiral Shadow. I'm sure they'll see many new fans in the audience while touring at the end of Dececmber and through most of January. Tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Santos Party House.
We asked Phillip Cope of Kylesa what he listened to in 2010. His list makes me think that maybe Beach House is the answer to world peace, or at least that Beach House is something that Broken Social Scene, Kate Nash, S Carey and Kylesa can all agree on (and an album that SPIN and Rolling Stone BOTH put at exactly #17 on their lists). His full list of favorite songs, most of them with video streams, below...
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Kylesa played Public Assembly on Monday, 10/25, with Hull, a one-off surprise show for the band during their current trek with High On Fire and Torche (Webster Hall pictures here, Torche pictures here).
Unofficially, the show marked the band's coronation of Spiral Shadow, their new LP out NOW on Season of Mist. Quite a few tracks from that LP were represented at the shindig, including my personal fave the crunch-y Built-To-Spill-esque "Don't Look Back". The band opened with the old fave "Hollow Severer" and closed with the Static Tensions burner "Scapegoat" complete with Philip Cope and Corey Barhorst on tribal drumming duties.
A big thank you go to all who attended and to the incredible Hull who came out of a live-show-slumber (they are currently writing their follow-up to Sole Lord) to debut some new material in their opening set.
More pictures, including shots of the very sweet merch, and some video courtesy of ((unartig)) and Chris La Putt (from both NYC shows), below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
The Aquarian: How was the Floor reunion for you?Floor has only one date left on their calendar, at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend (11/5 - 11/7, tickets), but Torche is still on the road.
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: It was great ...The Floor shows were the best Floor shows we ever played, and there was an audience. Normally, back then, we'd just be playing in front of the other bands or friends. The biggest audience Floor ever played for, too.
The Aquarian: I was at the Brooklyn show, and it was amazed to see people singing along and jumping around. I imagine it was cool to play for.
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: Yeah, it was pretty mindblowing. We're like, "What? Huh?" (Laughs)
The Aquarian: Do you feel like Torche has taken what Floor started and brought it to fruition?
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: It's a different beast. Floor was only going to go so far, I think. I played in that band for over a decade and it was just time to move forward ...I went full-force with this one, where Floor, we didn't really go full-force as far as touring and everything, until 2001. We did one little tour in '96, but none of us had the confidence. We thought it was pretty much a project, and some of us relocated and stuff like that, but we didn't really tour where we should have back then. It probably would have been a lot different for us. But Torche... is also a learning experience as we went along, but I've gone further with this band than I have with any other band, and I'm 36 years old. I'm still doing it. It's pretty awesome.
Torche played NYC for the second time in three months, and the third time in five months, when they played with High On Fire and Kylesa at Webster Hall Sunday night. Torche drummer Rick Smith was not at the Webster show due to a family emergency, and was replaced by former Kylesa skinsman and current Shitstorm/Capsule member Eric Hernandez.
On Monday, Torche appeared on Red Eye on Fox News (after cancelling their Generation Records appearance). On the show, Governor Mike Huckabee said he is a Torche fan.That video with more pictures, video and the setlist from Webster, below...
Torche at The Charleston earlier this year (more by Samantha Marble)
Everything goes in cycles and with one cancellation comes another addition. Like Walter Schreifels before them, Torche have cancelled their appearance at Generation Records "due to unforeseeable circumstances", but OFF! will play the store on 10/22 at 7 PM. Buy the 7" from the store "to get priority entrance" to the CMJ-time show.
In somewhat related news, Fun Fun Fun Fest is getting closer. Not long after CMJ, Off!, High on Fire, Kylesa and Floor (members of Torche) will all share a bill at the three day Austin Fest.
Torche at The Charleston in May (more by Samantha Marble)
Torche will play their new LP, Songs for Singles, in it's entirety at an all ages in-store (in-basement) show at Generation Records on 10/25 at 5:30PM. That's one day after the band plays Webster Hall with High On Fire and Kylesa (tickets). Songs For Singles is out NOW via Hydra Head. Cop it. All dates below.
That in-store doesn't happen for over a month. Much sooner: a performance is going down at the store on Wednesday (9/29) with Fake Problems and Walter Schriefels (solo). The show is also all ages, and starts at 7PM.
Walter was supposed to play Generation Records in April, but the show was cancelled due to volcano. Walter's band Rival Schools, who recently opened for Weezer at Williamsburg Waterfront, is going out on tour with Gaslight Anthem next. Those dates include the September 30th show happening at Radio City Music Hall.
All Rival Schools and Torche dates below...
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Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.
Kylesa at Irving Plaza (more by Chris LaPutt)
Call it the "holy shit" tour. High On Fire will team up with Kylesa for a US tour that will include alternating support from Municipal Waste and Torche. NYC gets the look on October 24th at Webster Hall with the killer trifecta of High On Fire, Kylesa AND Torche. Ticket info is forthcoming. Get stoked.
Full tour dates for the trek are below, which include the previously announced date at Fun Fun Fun Fest as well as an appearance at The Fest 9 in Gainesville between Oct 29 - 31. Full The Fest 9 lineup is below. Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates, The Fest Lineup, and some videos are below...
words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
I don't know where you were on Friday night, but if it wasn't at the sold-out Boris and Torche show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I feel bad for you....If there is a US band that the diametric opposite of humorless/boring on stage, it's the touring-as-a-four-piece (do I smell a trend?) Torche. The Florida band supported Boris and Russian Circles at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (8/6) as part of the ongoing Blackened Music series - one of three killer metal shows going on that night: Cynic, Intronaut, and Dysrhythmia played Bowery Ballroom, and a later afterparty of Keelhaul/My America shindig at Acheron was a similary good time. The MHOW show doubled as a coming out party for the oft-delayed Boris/Torche split, out now on the venerable Hydra Head Recordings.
Torche's set was great. Melodic doom? If I had to guess, I'd say Torche might be the heaviest band playing in standard tuning. And if that's not standard tuning [ED: it definitely isn't], these guys play a lot of happy chords, but can still run a nasty bass line underneath for a giant cosmic explosion at the end. I'm not sure if a lot of bands not Boris ever used Boris' equipment, but Torche was allowed and it sounded great. My one complaint was the music could stand on its own without singing, maybe even profit from less.
Boris opened with "Farewell." The set was up and down in terms of slow beautiful Boris songs to fast crazy-as-hell Boris songs. I think sometimes the audience wanted more of the latter, but "Rainbow" with hired gun Michio Kurihara's guitar shredding and Wata's "16:47:52" were highlights for me. I was standing near Wata because I'm in love with her. She's so serious! I've seen Boris plenty of times and for some reason I always describe the sets as a lot of fun and Boris is not like U.S. metal bands-the members actually have a lot of fun. I don't know why I say these things because Wata, Michio and Takeshi are expressionless. Japanese metal stoicism?...
...When I see Boris play, I'm embarrassed for the entire U.S. metal scene. -[NY Press]
More pictures from MHOW below...
Rick Smith of Torche at MHOW (more by Justina Villanueva)
Torche closed out the room with an assist from a fill-in drummer in the absence of Rick Smith (who broke his hand while touring with his side project Shitstorm). Although Smith's theatrics were missed (you rarely ever see anyone standing and jumping down TOWARD the kit, save for Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle and a few others), the band played a well-executed set of bubblegum pop which contained one song from their upcoming split with Boris, and a ton of thundering but sugary classics. [BV at SXSW 2010]When Torche played the BV show at SXSW (and again at Beerland) sans drummer Rick Smith, it was all because of his pummeling work in Shitstorm, a grind side project. Now said grind venture that once shared a split with Magrudergrind (who are playing NYC on August 7th) and who now also feature Jonathan from Torche and Eric of Capsule/ex-Kylesa fame, will hit the road for a string of east coast dates.
Look for the band to brutalize NYC at The Acheron on September 1st alongside the fantastical Pollution (also see them at Acheron with Megasus and The Love Below!), Syphilitic Lust (playing another show with Coffinworm and Unearthly Trance), Curandera (who just played with The Body), and Divorce Money.
Full Shitstorm dates, and some video is below...
Boris @ Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)
As hypothesized, Boris will team up with Russian Circles for a NYC show on August 6th. It's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. What I didn't foresee? It's with TORCHE. Tickets are on sale, full tour dates are below. Um, I'm in.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
"After a lot of waiting, Torche were utterly enormous at The Charleston last night. Hope they raised some cash to replace their stolen gear." - HeavierThanAir
Torche with touring guitarist Matt @ The Charleston
In light of the recent jack move done on their van, Torche played a surprise intimate show last night (5/26) with Tournament and Passive Aggressor at The Charleston. The trio (previously a four piece) featured a touring guitarist, "Max from Miami", who helped further fill out the band's sound, and add to the general mayhem at the show (and make them a four piece again).
Torche plays NYC again TONIGHT (5/26), this time with Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive at Rumsey Playfield.
In addition, the pending Boris/Torche split FINALLY has a release date, July 16th. Current Torche dates and more shots from The Charleston are below...
Torche at Beerland during SXSW (more here)
After their recent van robbery in Chicago, Hydra Head Records said that, "Torche is already sorting out potential DIY gigs in the states...tentatively for Vermont, Providence, and Wilkes-Barre, PA". Add NYC to that list. Torche have scheduled a benefit show on May 25th show at The Charleston in Brooklyn with Tournament and Passive Aggressor! The band plays Rumsey Playfield with Coheed & Cambria the next day (5/26, tickets) and previously had 5/25 listed as a day off.
All dates, their recently-released video for "King Beef", and the full list of items missing from their van, below...
Torche at BV Day Party at Emo's (more by Samantha Marble)
When we woke up [Saturday] morning there was a frowny face text from Stevo saying Torche's van was broken into overnight while in Chicago, and piles of shit was stolen....needless to say, it hasn't been a good day for them. We're getting a full listing from them of what was stolen, but the quick rundown is that equipment, guitars, laptops, passports, personal belongings and, sadly, more was taken. They are out with Coheed and Cambria this month, and unfortunately had to cancel [last nights] show in Detroit, and are also forced to cancel the Canadian dates as well due to passports having been stolen. While C 'n C is in Canada, Torche is already sorting out potential DIY gigs in the states...tentatively for Vermont, Providence, and Wilkes-Barre, PA. We will have updates on these (presumably) basement shows the second we get them from the band...(which pretty much means we'll have an update for you an hour before they play the shows;)Frowny face indeed. If you would like to help out Torche, a paypal donations email address was set up: TLCforTorche@gmail.com. Torche is scheduled to be at Rumsey Playfield in NYC on 5/26 on that Coheed & Cambria tour (tickets), and Steve Brooks will be back in NYC a month (to the day) later at Europa with his old band Floor (tickets).
Many of you have emailed us and the band about donating to help the band through this stretch. You guys are all sweet and thoughtful, THANK YOU. The band ain't livin' large, and although this Coheed tour is a chance to play in front of a shitload of potential new fans, its still a very hand to mouth touring commitment for them. That's the round about way of saying that these boys could use any love right about now.
- [Hydra Head]
Floor at The Earl (more by Rich Gaccione)
South Florida's FLOOR were around for roughly 10 years and recorded well over a dozen times during their on-and-off existence... and only in the wake of their demise did underground audio followers finally take note...And now, that next level is RIGHT HERE IN NYC! Brooklyn Vegan & 1000Knives are pround to announce the return of Floor with Unearthly Trance on June 26th at Club Europa in Brooklyn as part of the Northside Festival! Tickets go on sale at NOON TODAY for this all-ages, early show (7pm doors), or get in with your Northside badge. It's gonna be a rager.
From the living rooms and basements of 1992 to the studios of 2001/2002, FLOOR had an incredible evolution from the GODFLESH and early-MELVINS-inspired sludge worship, to the unrivaled sugary doom/pop amalgamation which would eventually pave the way for TORCHE, HOUSE OF LIGHTNING and others. The changes in sound from recording-to-recording... against what would eventually follow, it becomes crystal clear that FLOOR were consistently operating on that fabled "next level". [Robotic Empire]
It's one of two shows the reunited Floor are going to play during their visit North. The first will take place one day earlier, 6/25 at First Unitarian Church in Philly with two great openers, Gods & Queens and Javelina.
And it's one of two shows that the great Unearthly Trance has in store for NYC, including June 3rd as part of the Tones of Death monthly shindig (which includes Gnaw, Bubonic Bear and Sin of Angels this week, May 6th). For more on that show, head to the Facebook invite.
Floor at Eruopa is an earlier show, so you should be able to make it across town to catch at least part of BV's other show that same night at MHOW, with Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM and ZAZA. Tickets are up, or try to use your Northside badges.
Floor are supporting their recent mega-boxset, out NOW on Robotic Empire.
Show flyer for Europa and some video from their show at The Earl on 4/3, below...
Floor at The Earl in Atlanta (4/3/10)
Floor is slow-thudding metal royalty... Know the following: South Florida is the asshole of the music world. It is almost impossible for a band to make it hailing from this sequestered swamp. But Steve Brooks and Anthony Vialon did it. For better or for worse, they trudged along with different drummers and made an honest stab (a refreshing stab if you will) at the burgeoning doom/sludge market of the early '90s. Bands will wear their loves on their sleeves, and the whole Black Sabbath thing is okay, but when you factor in geographical isolation receding into the "guitar bomb" and pop nuances into some real macho music, you know you have something special at hand...The above review comes from Floor's reunion show at Churchhill's Hideaway Pub in Miami on 3/27, one of a few shows that the band played as part of a celebration of the recent release of the Floor boxset (out now on Robotic Empire). Although, we don't have any pics from Miami, we do have shots from all of the others including Common Grounds in Gainesville, FL (4/2, care of Rich Gaccione) and TWO at The Earl in Atlanta (4/3 & 4/4, courtesy Rich Gaccione and Anthony Childs respectively). Pics from those show are below.
And it is with great pride that I can say that I was there. There to witness the stacked amps and unrelenting fog machine as Churchill's Hideaway Pub got a taste of the building blocks it is built upon... [The show started with] Brooks and Vialon on double axes with founding drummer (and awesome local artist) Betty Monteavaro on drums for a solid half-hour set. Sludge mayhem that was as unpolished as what they committed to vinyl in the early '90s. Delicious and crucial. Followed by a second set featuring next-in-line drummer Jeff Sousa tearing through the No Idea Records maroon Dove LP. A highlight was most certainly their fogged-out rendition of "Namaste." And then, as the piece of resistance, was a short break followed by drummer Henry Wilson aiding the cause as the band ripped through the "full-length" album, opening with crowd pleaser "Scimitar" in its full guitar-bomb goodness. - [Miami New Times]
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Mike Hill, who wasn't the only guitarist in Tombs at SXSW...
While I was thrashing my rear off between the two stages at Mohawk on 3/17, Samantha Marble was also nodding away at the Relapse showcase at Red 7 down the street. She managed to capture shots of Kill The Client, Howl, Mammoth Grinder, Graves of Valor, and Tombs who were playing with a second guitarist (!) before scooting back to Mohawk to catch High on Fire (like I did). Ah, the lure of the Pike is just too great.
High on Fire's new album, Snakes For The Divine is out NOW, and the band is hitting the road with Bison BC, Priestess, and Black Cobra is celebration. Tickets are still available for the 4/9 date at Gramercy.
Tombs are scheduled to team up with a dream team of heavy music greats on 6/12, as Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, and Black Anvil will team up at Europa as part of a BV/Osiris production. Tickets are on sale monday (3/29) at noon.
More photos from Relapse & High on Fire are below...
words & photos by BBG, Off! photos by Brian Reilly
Steve Brooks of Torche is all smiles
OK, guilty as charged. Though there were a zillion other incredible bands all rockin across Austin at that exact same moment, but I chose to see Torche a SECOND time at Beerland on 3/18 (the first was at the BV Day party). The party was called Kill Your Idols and its lineup proved to be much more eclectic, featuring various strains of punk (old school, indie, bratty, garage, post) amongst the lineup with bands like Off! (featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks, Mario of Earthless & others), Gun Outfit (80s Sonic Youth-y style post-punk currently on Post Present Medium, owned by Allen Spunt of No Age), Audacity (super bratty punk featuring Damian Edwards of Crystal Antlers), and Charlie & The Moonhearts (garage-y melodic punk).
Off! (by Brian Reilly)
Hey All!I missed Off! at this show (Brian was there though), but caught them later at MWTX (pics for the latter still to come). Their short blasts of riffy 80s punk rock bliss were awesome. Hopefully this band is real, and not just a one off project. I arrived at the show in time to see Gun Outfit who featured some excellent song-writing but lacked in the live show department; I'd be curious to hear their full-length. Audacity were unhinged with energy -almost irritatingly so. Charlie & The Moonhearts struck a balance between the two with both fun stage energy and catchy songs. Torche, well they whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Keith Morris has a new band.......OFF! which is made up of Steve McDonald from REDD KROSS on bass, Dimitri Coats from the BURNING BRIDES on guitar, Mario Rubalcaba formerly of HOT SNAKES,CLIKITAT IKATOWI,ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT and currently in EARTHLESS on drums, & Keith on vocals.
Add OFF! to your friends & check out their upcoming shows @ SXSW in Austin,Texas!
More pics and some video of Torche performing "Tarpit Carnivore" (my favorite Torche jam) are below...
"Emo's Jr. is way too tiny to handle [Torche and] their enormous sludge, enormous hooks, enormous energy, enormous crowd." - Rolling Stone.com
Landmine Marathon (by Tim Griffin)
While Fucked Up and six other bands were causing a ruckus on the bigger stage at Emo's (3/17), the BrooklynVegan day party began early and STRONG with a hot blast of Kill The Client at noon on the indoor stage. The newly Relapse-d and semi-local (partial Austin/Dallas) grinding four piece was a metallic triple-espresso to kick start the day.
Trophy for busiest metal band goes to The Atlas Moth, who booked a whopping seven shows in Austin during SxSW. Their trek began with Emo's and a killer set from their new album A Glorified Piece Of New Sky. Jovial singer Steve was all smiles at the show, and the band's epic sound echoed throughout Emo's.
Philadelphia's Javelina followed The Atlas Moth with their positively pummeling sludge filth, keeping momentum going. Bands like Buzzoven, Eyehategod, and others come to mind when listening to this quartet, but their driving sound is decidedly more punk rock in it's gallop but just as "fuck you" in it's 'tude. A big thank you goes out to the band, who also went on to fill in for the broken Nebula at Red 7 on Saturday (3/20). They rule, and can't wait to see them again on Wednesday (3/25) at Cake Shop with Howl, Sea of Bones, and Flourishing.
Though the band spent a good hour circling Emo's, Dark Castle did manage to squeak into the venue and be only a touch late for their designated set time. Again the Florida duo impressed. Dark Castle's sound is positively mammoth, and through the large PA at Emo's they sounded bigger than ever.
Salome was similarly massive, and I felt fortunate to have the band booked for their only unofficial appearance at SXSW. With the band having issues unloading gear due to street closures and general parking malaise, it seemed like vehicular frustration bred more stage-side fury. The trio's sludge doom caused numerous screams of joy and lots of recitations of the word "amazing". Agreed, and I truly believe that Salome was one of the best bands at SXSW this year.
Grace Perry may have been given the dubious ranking of one of the "hottest chicks in metal" according to Revolver (even though I agree), but don't think that Landmine Marathon's success is attributable to anything but hard touring. This band's strength is in the live show, which was firing on all cylinders at Emo's and leading to circle pits, including one with Perry on vocals! Video of that is below.
Withered's icy blasts were the antithesis of Torche's pop bliss, but the band were as sinister and powerful. I caught them again at Mohawk later that night (pics coming). I was honestly worried about Withered and Dark Castle's lighting rigs, and their ability to translate on stage during the day time, but I forgot about the most important part of those bands: both have intense and kinetic live shows, whether with or without a fancy stage setup.
Torche closed out the room with an assist from a fill-in drummer in the absence of Rick Smith (who broke his hand while touring with his side project Shitstorm). Although Smith's theatrics were missed (you rarely ever see anyone standing and jumping down TOWARD the kit, save for Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle and a few others), the band played a well-executed set of bubblegum pop which contained one song from their upcoming split with Boris, and a ton of thundering but sugary classics. The band closed with my favorite Torche track ever, the sickeningly heavy "Tarpit Carnivore" from their killer In Return EP.
More pics and some videos from the show are below...