Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"Miami purveyors of hard rock, TORCHE, have announced the beginning of production on their forthcoming as-of-yet-titled LP today. The band will be self-producing the album in hometown studio, Pinecrust, and delivering the finished recordings to Kurt Ballou of Converge for mixing. Look for the new album to be released on Volcom Entertainment in the spring or early summer of next year.
Next month, the band will release a limited-edition split 12" via Chunklet with Part Chimp that will be available at the bands' recently-announced tour stops and online. The TORCHE side of the split features three Guided By Voices covers and the album cover features artwork by the world-renowned sci-fi illustrator Trevor Claxton.
TORCHE Tour Dates w/ Part Chimp:
Nov. 05 Durham, NC - Motorco
Nov. 06 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Nov. 07 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Nov. 08 Pawtucket, RI - The Met Café
Nov. 09 New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
Nov. 10 Washington, DC - DC9
Nov. 11 Charlotte, NC - The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Nov. 12 Atlanta, GA - EARL"
UPDATE FROM THE STUDIO:
We're moving along with the recording smoothly so far. More soon!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
07/08/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon *w/ Helms Alee
07/09/11 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree *w/ Helms Alee
07/11/11 Tampa, FL The Orpheum *w/ Helms Alee
07/12/11 Miami, FL Churchill’s *w/ Helms Alee
07/14/11 Atlanta, GA The Earl *w/ Helms Alee
07/15/11 Greensboro, NC *w/ Helms Alee
07/16/11 Washington D.C. Rock and Roll Hotel *w/ Helms Alee
07/17/11 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar *w/ Helms Alee
07/19/11 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church *w/ Helms Alee
07/20/11 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *w/ Helms Alee
07/21/11 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs *w/ Helms Alee
07/22/11 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place *w/ Helms Alee
07/23/11 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop *w/ Helms Alee
07/24/11 Newport, KY The Southgate House *w/ Helms Alee
07/26/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *w/ Helms Alee
07/27/11 Indianapolis, IN The Hoosier Dome *w/ Helms Alee
07/28/11 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge *w/ Helms Alee
07/29/11 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock *w/ Helms Alee
07/30/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room-Street Stag *w/ Helms Alee
07/31/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater *w/ Helms Alee
08/02/11 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas *w/ Helms Alee
08/03/11 Boise, ID Neurolux *w/ Helms Alee
08/04/11 Seattle, WA Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room *w/ Helms Alee
08/05/11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre *w/ Thrones
08/06/11 San Francisco Slim’s *w/ Thrones
08/07/11 Los Angeles The Troubadour *w/ Thrones
08/08/11 San Diego, CA Casbah *w/ Thrones
08/09/11 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch *w/ Thrones
08/10/11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad *w/ Thrones
08/12/11 Dallas, TX Club Dada *w/ Thrones
08/13/11 San Antonio, TX Korova *w/ Thrones
08/14/11 Austin, TX Red 7 *w/ Thrones
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Tilts vocalist/guitarist Andrew Elstner is joining the well-regarded stoner-metal band Torche. The latter group, which has members in Atlanta, Gainesville and Miami, has known Elstner since he was the vocalist/guitarist for Riddle of Steel. When that band ended a few years ago, it coincided with Torche splitting with guitarist Juan Montoya.
"[Torche] singer/guitarrer Steve Brooks found out I was a free agent, and we've been in touch ever since," Elstner says. "He's also a big fan of Tilts too, so we'd been trying to coordinate a jam/hang session for a long time and scheduling has been tough."
That session finally happened this week in Gainesville, Florida -- and by all accounts, it went well.
"It's been sleep, eat, jam since I got here," Elstner says. "Surreal and awesome."
He adds, "I've been looking forward to this for a long time as I'm a huge fan. But I can be shy in a new situation so it wasn't like 'instant awesome.' We'd all hung out a coupla times before, but there needed to be a couple warm-up days before everyone felt 100% comfy I think."
In Torche, Elstner will be playing guitar and contributing back-up vocals -- "and possibly a lead vocal or two," he says. He'll also be moving to Atlanta in March.
"St. Louis, my friends, my family, my bandmates in Tilts -- everyone has been super supportive and crazy excited as I am," Elstner says. "It's been humbling and awesome. No matter how it all ends, I'm having a good time now, spoiled with the musicians in Tilts and Torche alike. I'm very, very lucky."
- Annie Zaleski / River Front Times