Torche

Album: Songs For Singles (2010)

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Biography

The group was formed in 2004[1] 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 and Tyranny of Shaw, and the screamo band Tunes for Bears to Dance To).[2] 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." [3] They have toured with Mogwai, Isis, Pelican, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk and Boris.[4] Steve Brooks, however, has said that they don't consider themselves a metal band.[5] 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." [6] In terms of touring, Brooks said Torche is getting more of a young crowd. [7]

On April 8, 2008, the band released their second full-length, entitled Meanderthal. It was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Genghis Tron). [8] 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[9] as well as an 8.2/10 by Pitchfork Media[10]. 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[11] 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. [12]

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 to create his new band called "MonstrO"

Torche embarked on tours with bands such as dredg in April 2009[13], and another with a reunited Harvey Milk. The band opened for Coheed and Cambria on their headlining tour alongside Circa Survive in spring 2010.

It has been rumored that Max Johnston, formerly of Miami indie act Pygmy, has joined the band full-time as Juan Montoya's replacement on second guitar. Johnston has done several tours with the band as their second guitarist and as guitar tech.