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Torche



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Hometown: Miami, FL (USA)

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Miami has earned its fair share of notoriety over the last 30 years, but most of it has been nothing to brag about: The Liberty City Riots, the Mariel Boatlift, and the Cocaine Wars of the early 1980s recast the formerly sleepy beach town/retirement colony as a lawless urban hellscape crowded with pimps, powder queens and cutthroats, where liquor–store shootouts, revenge bombings and police corruption threatened to drown the tourist trade in an ocean of blood, booze, and yayo. But now the peace–loving citizens of Miami finally have something they can hoist high as an enduring emblem of cultural and civic pride (besides KC & the Sunshine Band, Gloria Estefan and 2 Live Crew, obviously.)

Enter Torche, the four–pronged Floridian Riff Colossus that has steamrolled its way across the international underground. Led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks (formerly of doom dropouts Floor) and featuring the myriad talents of drummer Rick Smith, bassist Jonathan Nu√Īez and guitarist Juan Montoya, Torche unfurled their self–titled debut in 2005 via Richmond, Virginia‚??s Robotic Empire. The glorious half–hour of blissed–out power–grooves, triumphant vocal harmonies and cosmic resonance within was variously hailed as ‚??stoner pop,‚?Ě ‚??thunder rock,‚?Ě and ‚??doom pop,‚?Ě but a consensus was quickly reached within the Fourth Estate: Both the underground and mainstream press had their hands halfway down their pants just thinking about listening to Torche. The band was immediately lauded as giants among men, leaders among sheep, and powerbrokers of a deadly new sonic idiom founded upon Brooks‚?? signature ‚??bomb–string‚?Ě detonation–detune. As Decibel magazine so righteously pointed out in May of 2005, Torche ‚??carries on in the dizzying Sabbathian tradition of Floor, only potentially more bottomless and epic.‚?Ě Seven months later, the same publication would declare Torche as the # 7 album of the year in its annual top 40.

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Reviews

Torche Keep Up b/w Leather Feather [7-inch]

Torche

Keep Up b/w Leather Feather [7-inch] (2013)

Volcom Entertainment

Torche Harmonicraft

Torche

Harmonicraft (2012)

Volcom

Torche Harmonslaught [7-inch]

Torche

Harmonslaught [7-inch] (2012)

Amnesian

Big Business / Torche / Helms Alee live in Philadelphia

Big Business / Torche / Helms Alee

live in Philadelphia (2011)

live show

Torche / Part Chimp Split [12-inch]

Torche / Part Chimp

Split [12-inch] (2011)

Chunklet

Baroness / Torche live in Chicago

Baroness / Torche

live in Chicago (2010)

live show

Torche Songs for Singles

Torche

Songs for Singles (2010)

Hydra Head Records

Torche Meanderthal

Torche

Meanderthal (2008)

Hydra Head

Pelican / Torche live in Brighton

Pelican / Torche

live in Brighton (2008)

live show

Torche In Return

Torche

In Return (2007)

Robotic Empire

Torche Torche

Torche

Torche (2005)

Robotic Empire

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