Torche

Torche

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Stoner rock/metal band from Miami, Florida.

The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Floor, ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (who also played in the grindcore bands Shitstorm, Tyranny of Shaw, Adore Miridia, and the screamo band Tunes for Bears to Dance To). According to MTracks.com: "Their music has a unique, hard-hitting sound that provokes a wide range of emotions, and they have a large fan base throughout the world." They have toured with Mogwai, Isis, Pelican, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk, Boris, and High on Fire. Steve Brooks, however, has said that they don't consider themselves a metal band. In describing the band's sound, Smith said in an interview: "To me it's mostly a combination of everything we listen to collectively as a band. We take what we like from what we grew up on and use it as creatively as we can. I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests." In terms of touring, Brooks said Torche is getting more of a young crowd.

On April 8, 2008, the band released their second full-length, entitled Meanderthal. It was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Genghis Tron). It was met with critical acclaim, including that from Decibel Magazine who ranked Meanderthal #1 on their list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 as well as an 8.2/10 by Pitchfork Media. In an interview, Brooks said the band themselves came up with the album's concept in terms of artwork and packaging, along with Aaron Turner Brooks has also said that in terms of writing material, the band focuses on what they like, rather than worrying about a "backlash" from their fans.

Guitarist Stephen Brooks is one of the few openly gay musicians in the punk rock / metal scene. He did an interview round table in 2008 on thestranger.com with other openly gay musicians such as Brian Cook (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch), and Juan Velazquez of Abe Vigoda.

In late 2008 Juan Montoya left the band, a move credited to musical differences. Steve Brooks said "He is an amazing guitarist, but we are just not on the same page... but Torche will still carry on as a 3 piece band". As of 2010, Juan Montoya joined up with ex-Bloodsimple members Bevan Davies and Kyle Sanders, and Charlie Suarez of Sunday Driver to create the band "MonstrO" In an interview with Malia James, Brooks revealed that Montoya's departure was acrimonious, and involved physical violence between the two of them.

Torche embarked on tours with bands such as dredg in April 2009, and another with a reunited Harvey Milk. The band opened for Coheed and Cambria on their headlining tour alongside Circa Survive in spring 2010.

On January 14, 2011, it was announced on the Riverfront Times Blog that Andrew Elstner (Riddle of Steel, Tilts) will be joining Torche.

Current members:
Steve Brooks - guitar/vocals
Andrew Elstner - guitar/vocals (2011-)
Jonathan Nuñez - bass
Rick Smith - drums

Former member:
Juan Montoya - guitar (2004-2008)
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Torche Discography

Albums

robo 046 Torche Torche (Album) Robotic Empire robo 046 US 2005 Sell This Version
HYH-152 Torche Meanderthal (Album) Robotic Empire HYH-152 US 2008 Sell This Version
VOL 02929, VOL02929 Torche Harmonicraft (Album) Volcom Entertainment, Volcom Entertainment VOL 02929, VOL02929 US 2012 Sell This Version
RR3425 Torche Restarter (Album) Relapse Records RR3425 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

robo 068 Torche In Return (EP) Robotic Empire robo 068 US 2007 Sell This Version
HH666-178 Torche Healer / Across The Shields (EP) Hydra Head Records HH666-178 US 2009 Sell This Version
RCP009 Torche Meanderthal Demos Rotting Chapel RCP009 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Torche \ Boris (3) Torche \ Boris (3) - Chapter Ahead Being Fake (EP) Hydra Head Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
HH666-207 Torche Songs For Singles (EP) Hydra Head Records HH666-207 US 2010 Sell This Version
CHKLP-009 Part Chimp * Torche Part Chimp * Torche - Part Chimp * Torche (EP) Chunklet Magazine CHKLP-009 US 2011 Sell This Version
none Torche Harmonslaught Amnesian Records, Amnesian Records none US 2012 Sell This Version
DB015 Torche Pow Wow(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Whi) Decibel Flexi Series DB015 US 2012 Sell This Version
VEVC0034, V.E.V.C. 0034 Torche Keep Up / Leather Feather (EP) Volcom Ent. Vinyl Club, Volcom Ent. Vinyl Club VEVC0034, V.E.V.C. 0034 US 2013 Sell This Version