Kickoff US Tour w/ Boris TONIGHT!
Maybe it's the bunker-thick wall of sludge, maybe it's the doomy undertow, or maybe it's the hair-farming guitar whiz and gay frontman (peace to Judas Priest), but Torche aren't really a metal band, certainly not the pleasureless Ozzy kind, not with riffs this gloriously anthemic. Meanderthal is guitar pop for those who wish Foo Fighters had a pre-sellout period. The super chunky "Grenades," "Healer," and "Across the Shields" thrash out hefty hooks so flawless that Josh Homme just woke up in a cold sweat. - Joe Gross, Spin Magazine July 2008
Two months after the release of Torche's landmark, and critically acclaimed new album, Meanderthal (Hydra Head), and just off tour w/ Metallica-bros, The Sword, Torche is set to take on the mighty US of A once again as they embark on a seven-week, coast-to-coast trek around the country with none other than the mightiest of mighty, Japan's sonic wet-dream-come-true, Boris. Lock your doors, protect your loved ones, or jump directly into the fucking pit, because this is going to be unlike any tour that's happened since that time GNR, Metallica and Faith No More all hit the road together... man that was awesome.
More on Torche's "Meanderthal"
One night some months ago we had a dream that one of our favorite bands would be on one of our favorite labels and together would release one of the most satisfying records in the history of forever. And the heavens would part, the Billboard charts would collapse under the sheer sonic awesomeness, and the world would become a better place — a place where everyone had free health care and a money tree in their backyard and a hot trophy wife or strapping young houseboy or whatever. And that band, ladies and gentlemen, was Torche.
And wouldn’t you know it, that shit totally came true (we’re waiting on the health care, the money tree, the houseboy and the Billboard thing, but still). And that record is Meanderthal. Call it the band’s second official full-length (entrusted to us by our good friends at Robotic Empire) and follow-up to last year’s six-song mini-epic In Return. Call it the latest and greatest bomb-string stoner pop/thunder rock/doom pop classic from Torche mastermind Steve Brooks and his fellow hook heroes. Call it the sweetest, catchiest, hugest riff colossus since Sky Valley. Shit, call it Album Of The Year if you want. That’s what we’re going with, anyway.
Stream all of Meanderthal here!
1. Triumph of Venus
5. Speed of the Nail
7. Across the Shields
9. Little Champion
10. Without A Sound
11. Fat Waves
Jun 24 2008 Casbah San Diego, California
Jun 25 2008 The Clubhouse Tempe, Arizona
Jun 27 2008 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Jun 28 2008 The Mohawk Austin, Texas
Jun 29 2008 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Jul 1 2008 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jul 2 2008 Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
Jul 3 2008 The Social Orlando, Florida
Jul 5 2008 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 6 2008 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
Jul 8 2008 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Jul 9 2008 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 10 2008 Webster Hall New York, New York
Jul 11 2008 The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 12 2008 La Sala Rosa Montreal, Quebec
Jul 13 2008 Barrymore Ottawa, Ontario
Jul 14 2008 Lee’s Place Toronto, Ontario
Jul 15 2008 Tralf Buffalo, New York
Jul 16 2008 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 17 2008 Diesel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 18 2008 St Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
Jul 19 2008 Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 20 2008 The Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois (no Boris)
Jul 22 2008 The Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 23 2008 Granada Theater Lawrence, Kansas
Jul 25 2008 Marquis Theater Denver, Colorado
Jul 26 2008 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 29 2008 Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Jul 30 2008 Richard’s on Richards Cabaret Vancouver, British Columbia
Jul 31 2008 Hawthorne Theater Portland, Oregon
Aug 1 2008 Tonic Bar Reno, California (No Boris)
Aug 2 2008 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Aug 3 2008 Echoplex Los Angeles, California
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