Metal shows are havens for certain physical behaviors — headbanging, throwing
the horns, grasping for an invisible orange during a particularly juicy guitar
solo — smiling while you're playing is not one of them. But that hasn't stopped
Steve Brooks. Torche's ringleader doesn't just crack a hint of a happy face
during concerts but practically beams, as if the moment you're witnessing him
perform is the single most bad-ass thing he will ever experience and he's doing
his damndest to savor it.
enthusiasm aside, Torche does a few more things differently from your average
mausoleum-variety Metal group despite consistently touring with other Metal
bands and receiving oodles of attention from Metal press outlets.
Georgia/Florida-based warriors have concocted a Sludge-Pop sound that blends
deep-in-the-muck guitars with serious hookiness to great effect. They perfected
this formula on 2008's Meanderthal, which housed the apoplectic,
pounding tracks that still went down easy thanks to a scoop of sugar.
a 2010 A.V. Club interview, Brooks said, “We’re about as metal as bands
like the Melvins” — an apt way of characterizing Torche's
difficult-to-characterize M.O. The group released its third full-length, Harmonicraft, in April and
it carries on the crunchy and melodic qualities of Meanderthal.
If all this hasn't convinced you to
give these guys a hear-see, Brooks has also described his onstage mindset as
being the “same as if I was playing a party,” which is as good of a sales pitch
as you're going to get.
TORCHE performs at the Ballroom at Taft Theatre Tuesday, June 19 with guests Corrosion of Conformity, Black Cobra and Gaza. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.