Representing the End of All Forms of Oppression;
Religious, Political & Emotional.
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responsible for some of the most dense sounds in the
producer responsible for some of the most emblematic extreme
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Stoner pop? Beach Boys-like doom? Whatever
I don't really
consider us black metal in any sense of what black metal is.
despair, hate, irony, death,
loss, betrayal, etc
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gorgeous acoustics & the
ugliness of noise rock.
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speak out against false metal
The man behind the voice of some of the most underrated
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THE PAX CECILIA:
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Cheese sandwiches and
progression in hardcore.
"We are happy fun-loving dudes."
"Money, time and blood go straight down the drain."
pop? Beach Boys-like doom? Whatever!
based pop doom stoner psychedelic quartet Torche is about to
become the biggest musical export from the city since Miami
Sound Machine erupted onto the music scene way back when Gloria
Stefan had a boyish hairdo and couldn’t afford an island.
Well, not really but you know. The band’s initial two releases, their self titled debut along
with the quality confirmation release In Return (both on
Robotic Empire), did two things; got some heads scratching with
critics struggling to categorize them properly and gained them massive numbers of converts; from your truly all the way to the boys
from Mogwai who not only release Torche’s music in Europe but
have taken them out on tour a couple of times. With an upcoming
new album titled Meanderthal on Hydra Head Records about
to be unleashed, we are all assured to hear a lot about this
great band in the upcoming weeks. Drummer Rick Smith and
guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks answered our questions. Read on
and spread the word.
- Music is not about reviews, but I don't think I have ever seen
any even slightly negative about your music. The decision is
pretty unanimous, care to comment?
Rick: Ohhh! I've seen some pretty
bad ones out there! Hahaha... I do see lots of pretty great
reviews out there though. Definitely more good than bad and I'm
pretty excited to see so many people really getting into what we
Steve: Yeah, we're totally awesome!
- In Europe you are signed to Rock Action, which is managed by
the guys from Mogwai, how did this come about?
Steve: We toured with Mogwai a couple years ago and they dug us.
Somehow it was mentioned from Andy (Robotic Empire owner) and
they worked out releasing our records in Europe on Rock Action.
- Your music pairs disparate extremes; on one hand you have this
pop hooks which are married to guitar oriented heaviness, how do
you find a balance between the two?
Rick: 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.
Steve: It's rock music, simple. I don't analyze what we do too
much. I just enjoy what we've created.
- Your last few months have been pretty productive for the band;
a tour finished with Jesu, Capsule and Fog. What was the response
like regarding the difference in sound
between the bands?
Rick: The audiences varied a lot on
the tours but for the most part they were all pretty
open-minded. I think all the bands had pretty good responses
from the audiences. The Capsule part of the tour was set up by
the band as a quick effort to play shows up to Salem where we'd
record our new record at Godcity (Kurt Ballow’s Studios).
Capsule are all close friends of mine that I grew up with and
I'm a big fan of their music as well so I thought it'd be a
great time to take them out on tour with us.
Steve: The audience response was great. We had a blast and I got
to tour with one of my musical heroes Justin Broadrick.
- You just finished recording your new album Meanderthal at God
City Studios in MA, when can we expect it? How does it differ
sonically compared to your previous releases?
Rick: The record should be out in
April I believe on Hydrahead Records. I think the new record is
my favorite that we've recorded so far. It definitely is
different from our past material but I think it still sounds
like Torche. I really don't wanna go into detail about how it
differs from past releases just because I'd like for people to
be surprised by it. I always think it's a bad idea to give
people expectations to grasp upon before listening to a finished
product. The recording process was good for me... recorded all
my drums to tape and got them done in 2 days. I couldn't really
tell you how most of the other sessions went because as usual I
disappeared once I was done! Hahahahahaha...
Steve: Kurt Ballou handled production for this LP. It's was good
to work with someone different this time around. It was a little
stressful, but the results are good. It's very much us. We're
all very happy and proud of Meanderthal. Hopefully others will
dig it as well.
- You guys hail from Miami, not exactly a hotbed of heavy music.
Is there a heavy music scene in your area?
Rick: There's a very small heavy
music scene in Miami. It's super hit or miss down here. There's
never any telling whether or not a show will have a good
attendance. Miami is a lot better if you're into dance music,
going to clubs, or into hip hop.
- Man, if there is anything I like about Miami is the food,
being Peruvian I am a fan of cebiche and arroz con mariscos, of
course it's killer. Have you tried any Peruvian food?
Rick: I have tried Peruvian food
and it was great! In Miami there's tons of Cuban food and not
too much Peruvian though...
- Of all the ethnic foods, which is the best in Miami? Recommend
me a restaurant?
Rick: I have no idea really...
there's a lot of places to eat ethnic food. Haitian, Cuban,
Indian, Italian, etc... My two favorite places to eat in South
Florida are actually just outside of Miami. One of them is
Vegetarian Delight in Margate off of 441 and Hallandale Beach
Blvd. Great Jamaican all vegan cuisine there and the portions
are great! My other favorite is Woodlands which is an Indian
Restaurant in Plantation on University off of Commercial. They
have a great all vegetarian lunch buffet ‘till 3:00pm almost
every day of the week at a great price too.
- Doesn't the weather and the heavy traffic gets to be a bit too
much down there? (it's heavy in Tampa, but the traffic is OK)
Rick: Yeah traffic does suck here
but I know how to avoid it now after living here 23 years!! And
I don't mind the weather too much... it's better than being in 0
degree blizzards!! Summertime does get pretty hot though.
Humidity here sucks too!
Steve: Well, I just moved to Atlanta. Traffic is bad up here,
but the drivers are more courteous. Miami drivers are horrible.
I hate Florida weather, too humid and warm. I don't enjoy
freezing cold either, but I'm a fan of cool weather. Atlanta is
pretty perfect for that. All 4 seasons.
- There are two latin guys in the band, has this multi ethnic
factor had any influence in the mechanics of Torche?
Rick: Well, there are actually
three of us! I come from a Puerto Rican background. Jon is Cuban
and Juan is Columbian. I have no idea if our ethnic backgrounds
really effect our songwriting and influences in anyway though...
probably does without us even noticing it!
Steve: I think our brand of Rock is more of a mixture of
American and European influence.
- I am always looking for obscure gems, please list some/all of
your favorite albums.
Rick: There's so many. I'd have to
say my two all time favorite bands/musicians would probably have
to be Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine. Those aren't very
obscure at all though. If you're looking for an obscure gem,
check out "Crystal Logic" by Manilla Road. Great classic styled
heavy metal record from the early 80's! I also listen to Rauh a
lot which is some awesome experimental noisecore stuff. Other
heavy stuff I listen to a lot lately would be Revenge (Canada),
Zouo (Japan), C.F.D.L. (Japan), World (Japan), Insect Warfare
(USA). As far as other stuff goes I've been into the following
records lately... Japancakes "Loveless" (they cover the entire
MBV record!!!), Gary Numan "Replicas", Jimi Hendrix
(EVERYTHING!), Vaz "Dying To Meet You", Bowery Electric "Beat",
Jay Reatard "Blood Visions", Modest Mouse "Interstate 8", SPK
"Auto Da Fe".... the list could go on forever!
- What's next for the band?
Rick: New record, more songs, more
tours, more fire!!!