Torche is a 3 piece "sludge metal" band from Miami, Florida who recently released their latest release entitled "Songs For Singles." Steve and Jonathan took some time out to answer some questions while out on tour with High On Fire and Kylesa. Thanks to them for some brief, yet informative and sometimes amusing responses!
1. State your name and role in the band.
Steve Brooks: Jack Black look alike, axe humper and howling dog. Jonathan Nuñez: el niño limpio.
2. You have a new EP coming out on September 21st called Songs for Singles on Hydra Head Records. Very interesting title, what's the significance of it?
Steve: I need to let the world know I'm not getting "any" on a
regular basis. Jon: What he said.
3. What was the mindset when entering the studio to record the songs?
Steve: Take everything as seriously as possible. No time for fuck
ups or mischief. Give yourself ulcers, but don't complain about 'em. Jon: Geedy Geedy Don't Stop!
4. Steve, you say "The lyrics are stream-of-consciousness, it’s like you’re in a dream and nothing makes sense. That’s why I don’t print the lyrics, actually. I don’t want anyone over analyzing every little stupid thing I say.” Does it ever make it hard to perform the songs live or record vocals in the studio without set lyrics?
Steve: No, 'cause I can always make up new shit and no one would
5. For the musicians on the site, how do you guys sit down and figure out how a song will be composed?
Steve: Woah, you should ask the other guys about that one. Jon: We like to stick to the key of "tasteful" ...at least I'd like to
6. You're on tour with High On Fire and Kylesa. How'd you pick those 2 bands as support?
Steve: We threw a bunch of names in a hat. Jon: We got really lucky with a box of cereal we bought one day, cereal is
7. How do you replicate your sound live with all of the technical composition you have?
Steve: Computers and Ipods.
8. Can you recall the moment when you knew you wanted to play music for the rest of your life?
Steve: I'm having that moment right now and it's making me wet. Jon: I'll get towels.
9. What's the one band that challenges you to go out and become a better musician?
Steve: The Shaggs.
10. What's the situation with Max Johnston and his status in the band?
Steve: We're a 3 piece band at the moment.
11. How has being in bands previous to Torche given a new perspective or helped guide Torche properly?
Steve: Learn your lessons the hard way. It builds character.
12. What bands should people on AP.net check out?
Steve: BEINGS! Jon: Yup
They always act this way in inteviews, they just don't see any value in them - which is totally fine - but if anyone reads this and think's they're being rude, they're not. They come from a very against the grain diy way of thinking so for them interviews are only necessary evils.
But anyway, I really agree with this bands position on lyrics/vocals. Just another instrument no more important than any of the others, and as long as they aren't embarrassingly bad, lyrics are never really that important. No one prints their guitar tabs in a cd booklet, why should bands be looked down on for not publishing lyrics? I think people sometimes put way too much focus on just the vocal aspect of music. Just enjoy the way it sounds and don't put so much focus on what's being said. This of course doesn't extend to lyrics of extremely low quality, akin to those of many of the shitty chug chug hairspraycore bands this site posts about.