Torche’s “Minions” will take over the world (in an ideal world)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM (PST)


I have no idea if this has to do with the Minions film coming out, but Torche’s “Minions” (their first new stuff in two years) is a sludge pop delight of huge guitars and big, semi-spoken melodic undertones. The band’s newest can be heard BELOW and proves that rock n roll has quite the pulse still. The Torche dudes’ RESTARTER can be preordered HERE.

From this to the recent Floor release, it’s been a gooey delight fest of fuzzy riff bombs lately for Steve Brooks fans.

Track listing for RESTARTER plus tour dates with my fave band Clutch and their groovy Jam Room style disciples Lionize are also below along with the new song, HERE.

Restarter track list:

  1. Annihilation Affair
  2. Bishop in Arms
  3. Minions
  4. Loose Men
  5. Undone
  6. Blasted
  7. No Servants
  8. Believe It
  9. Barrier Hammer
  10. Restarter

The album was recorded at the band’s Miami studio, Pinecrust, with bass player Jonathan Nuñez overseeing production and Converge’s Kurt Ballou once again returning to handle mixing.  In discussing the band’s approach to writing and recording Restarter, Nuñez shared his thoughts on the band’s musical evolution: “I feel that with time you kind of expand and hopefully progress.  Hopefully this record is a good reflection of that. I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft].  I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song.  You’ve got to move forward.  You can’t release the same record over and over.”
Tour dates:

Dates from Dec. 27 to Jan. 10 with Clutch and Lionize:
December 27     Cincinnati, OH     Bogart’s
December 28     Cleveland, OH     House of Blues
December 29     Sayreville, NJ     Starland Ballroom
December 30     Philadelphia, PA     Electric Factory
December 31     Washington, DC     9:30 Club
January 3     Atlanta, GA     Center Stage
January 4     Lake Buena Vista, FL     House of Blues
January 6     New Orleans, LA     House of Blues
January 7     Houston, TX     House of Blues
January 8     Dallas, TX     House of Blues
January 9     Tulsa, OK     Cain’s Ballroom
January 10     Austin, TX     Emo’s
Dates from Jan. 16 to 21 with Municipal Waste:
January 16     Winston-Salem, NC     Ziggy’s
January 17     Wilmington, NC     Ziggy’s by the Sea
January 18     Tallahassee, FL     Pug’s Live
January 19     Gainesville, FL     The Atlantic
January 20     Ybor City, FL     Crowbar
January 21     Miami, FL     Grand Central

Torche in Europe:
May 2     Leipzig, DE     Taubchental
May 3     Wroclaw, PL     Asymmetry Festival
May 4     Prague, CZ     007
May 5     Munich, DE     Ampere
May 6     Milan, IT     Lo Fi Club
May 8     Barcelona, SP     Rocksound
May 9     Madrid, SP     Boute Live!
May 10     Lisbon, PT     Musicbox
May 11     Bilbao, SP     Kafe Antzokia
May 13     Zurich, SZ     Dynamo
May 14     Wiesbaden, DE     Schlachthoff
May 15     Cologne, DE     Underground
May 16     Berlin, DE     Hafenklang
May 18     Nijmegen, NL     Merelyn
May 19     Haarlem, NL     Patronaat
May 20     Paris, FR     Glazart
May 21     Antwerp, BE     Kavka
May 22     London, UK     Underworld *
May 23     Leeds, UK     Belgrave Social Club *
May 24     Galway, IR     Roisin Dubh
May 25     Cork, IR     Craine Lane
May 26     Dublin, IR     Grand Social
May 27     Belfast, IR     The Limelight
May 28     Glasgow, UK     CCA **
May 29     Manchester, UK     Sound Control **
May 30     Bristol, UK     Temples Festival
May 31     Nimes, FR     This is Not a Love Song
June 1     Nantes, FR     Le Ferrailleur
* – w/Part Chimp and Henry Blacker
** – w/Kings and Henry Blacker


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