Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor
Anticipation for the return of the heavy rock and post-metal leanings of Florida’s groove-laden heavyweights TORCHE is growing to quite the fevered pitch, especially after today.
The Miami quartet drop a bomb of multifaceted informative proportions as they reveal details of their upcoming studio album, delivering a single and video from it, and announced a U.S. tour. ‘Admission‘ is the band’s fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2015’s well-embraced ‘Restarter‘, and it is set to arrive July 12th from Relapse Records.
With the revelation of the album details, TORCHE also deliver a new single, “Slide“, by means of official video. The song is the first contributed composition to the band from new bassist, Eric Hernandez, who joins guitarist and vocalist Steve Brooks, guitarist Jon Nuñez (formerly bass) and drummer Rick Smith in TORCHE.
Smith spoke about the song and its origins saying:
“’Slide’ is one of the first songs Eric came to the table with, fully realized and arranged. Eric is a total beast of a songwriter. I suggested he use the first three Gary Numan records as inspiration and he came back at us with some melodically sound material that nailed the Torche vibe.”
Smith’s description of the bassist having “nailed” said vibe is no exaggerated claim, as the song’s magnetic allure exudes traits of classic TORCHE. At the same time, it builds upon the act’s nature of crafting powerful grooves and airier tinges into their music, boding well for what is to come with ‘Admission‘. This was something guitarist Joe Nuñez was happy to address, commenting:
“This album is more revealing of who we are. I think the core of the band is happier and more inspired than we have been in some time, and we’ve got somebody new who’s excited to be a part of it. It’s just refreshing. It feels right. It feels real.”
01. From Here
04. What Was
05. Times Missing
08. Extremes Of Consciousness
09. On The Wire
11. Changes Come
The new song arrives as TORCHE announce their first wave of tour dates, including performances at this year’s Chicago Doomed & Stoned Festival, Electric Funeral Fest IV, Sled Island Fest, Heavy Mountain Festival, The Fest, and Levitation Festival.
Tickets for all non-festival dates will be on sale as of Friday, May 17th at 10:00 A.M. (EST). Find all dates and ticket info HERE.
– TORCHE Tour Dates 2019 –
May 31 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Doomed & Stoned Festival
Jun. 15 – Denver, CO – Electric Funeral IV
Jun. 20 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Fest
Jul. 26 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
Jul. 27 – Jacksonville, FL – The Justice Pub
Jul. 28 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Jul. 31 – Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
Aug. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Aug. 02 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
Aug. 03 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Aug. 04 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Aug. 05 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
Aug. 06 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Aug. 07 – Wilmington, NC – Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
Aug. 08 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 09 – Orlando, FL – Henao Center
Aug. 10 – Miami, FL – Las Rosa’s
Sep. 21 – Asheville, NC – Heavy Mountain Festival
Nov. 01-03 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest
Nov. 09 – Austin, TX – Levitation Fest