Torche Premiere “Minions” – First New Music Since 2012; Restarter Pre-Orders Available Now

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Torche have made the first new music from their eagerly awaited album Restarter (Feb. 24, Relapse Records) available, with the song “Minions” streaming now via YouTube (http://youtu.be/VZa3qlfSPzs).

Torche’s knack for merging huge infectious melodies with down-tuned, crushing sludgy rock shines on the nearly five minute song, which can also be heard via Soundcloud (

https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/torche-minions/s-8JCbr).

Restarter will be released on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital, with pre-orders beginning Dec. 8.  Two bonus tracks, “Harmonslaught” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mantasy,” will be included on deluxe editions.  Digital pre-orders are available now via iTunes (http://geni.us/RestarterDLX), Bandcamp (www.torche.bandcamp.com) with physical pre-order packages available via Relapse (http://www.relapse.com/torche-restarter).
Restarter track list:

  1. Annihilation Affair
  2. Bishop in Arms
  3. Minions
  4. Loose Men
  5. Undone
  6. Blasted
  7. No Servants
  8. Believe It
  9. Barrier Hammer
  10. Restarter

The album was recorded at the band’s Miami studio, Pinecrust, with bass player Jonathan Nuñez overseeing production and Converge’s Kurt Ballou once again returning to handle mixing.  In discussing the band’s approach to writing and recording Restarter, Nuñez shared his thoughts on the band’s musical evolution: “I feel that with time you kind of expand and hopefully progress.  Hopefully this record is a good reflection of that. I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft].  I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song.  You’ve got to move forward.  You can’t release the same record over and over.”

Tour dates:

Dates from Dec. 27 to Jan. 10 with Clutch and Lionize:

December 27     Cincinnati, OH     Bogart’s

December 28     Cleveland, OH     House of Blues

December 29     Sayreville, NJ     Starland Ballroom

December 30     Philadelphia, PA     Electric Factory

December 31     Washington, DC     9:30 Club

January 3     Atlanta, GA     Center Stage

January 4     Lake Buena Vista, FL     House of Blues

January 6     New Orleans, LA     House of Blues

January 7     Houston, TX     House of Blues

January 8     Dallas, TX     House of Blues

January 9     Tulsa, OK     Cain’s Ballroom

January 10     Austin, TX     Emo’s

Dates from Jan. 16 to 21 with Municipal Waste:

January 16     Winston-Salem, NC     Ziggy’s

January 17     Wilmington, NC     Ziggy’s by the Sea

January 18     Tallahassee, FL     Pug’s Live

January 19     Gainesville, FL     The Atlantic

January 20     Ybor City, FL     Crowbar

January 21     Miami, FL     Grand Central

Torche in Europe:

May 2     Leipzig, DE     Taubchental

May 3     Wroclaw, PL     Asymmetry Festival

May 4     Prague, CZ     007

May 5     Munich, DE     Ampere

May 6     Milan, IT     Lo Fi Club

May 8     Barcelona, SP     Rocksound

May 9     Madrid, SP     Boute Live!

May 10     Lisbon, PT     Musicbox

May 11     Bilbao, SP     Kafe Antzokia

May 13     Zurich, SZ     Dynamo

May 14     Wiesbaden, DE     Schlachthoff

May 15     Cologne, DE     Underground

May 16     Berlin, DE     Hafenklang

May 18     Nijmegen, NL     Merelyn

May 19     Haarlem, NL     Patronaat

May 20     Paris, FR     Glazart

May 21     Antwerp, BE     Kavka

May 22     London, UK     Underworld *

May 23     Leeds, UK     Belgrave Social Club *

May 24     Galway, IR     Roisin Dubh

May 25     Cork, IR     Craine Lane

May 26     Dublin, IR     Grand Social

May 27     Belfast, IR     The Limelight

May 28     Glasgow, UK     CCA **

May 29     Manchester, UK     Sound Control **

May 30     Bristol, UK     Temples Festival

May 31     Nimes, FR     This is Not a Love Song

June 1     Nantes, FR     Le Ferrailleur

* – w/Part Chimp and Henry Blacker

** – w/Kings and Henry Blacker

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