Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair Video Game Available Now


Screenshot from Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair

Torche band members have joined Mario, Gordon Freeman and Zelda, as the quartet become video game characters in Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair, with news coming via Crave (

The desktop based, single-player, side-scrolling game ( allows players to pick their favorite band member on a quest to save Miami from becoming a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  A mobile version will be released shortly.

Fans who play the game are eligible to win a prize pack that includes Restarter on vinyl, a t-shirt, two tickets to see Torche on tour and stickers.  To enter, contestants must upload a video to YouTube which shows them beating the game with the hash tag #torchevsrobots.  One prize pack per band member/character will be awarded with winners picked on Feb. 23.

Torche release Restarter, their Relapse Records’ debut on Feb. 24 and will return to the road for a headlining tour on March 4, with a hometown show at Churchill’s Pub in Miami.

Torche tour dates:

March 4     Miami, Fl     Churchill’s Pub #

March 6     Atlanta, GA     The Masquerade

March 7     Birmingham, AL     The Bottletree

March 8     Baton Rouge, LA     Spanish Moon

March 9     Houston, TX     Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

March 10     Austin, TX     Red 7

March 11     Dallas, TX      Club Dada #

March 12     Memphis, TN     The Hi-Tone

March 13     St. Louis, MO     The Firebird

March 14     Chicago, IL     Empty Bottle

March 15     Milwaukee, WI     The Cactus Club

March 16     Columbus, OH     Skully’s Music Diner

March 17     Cleveland, OH    The Grog Shop

March 18     Grand Rapids, MI     The Pyramid Scheme

March 20     Detroit, MI     The Pike Room

March 21     Toronto, ON     Lee’s Palace

March 22     Montreal, QC     Bar Le Ritz

March 23     Buffalo, NY     Mohawk Place

March 25     Boston, MA     Great Scott

March 26     Brooklyn, NY     St. Vitus

March 27     Philadelphia, PA     Underground Arts

March 28     Richmond, VA     Strange Matters #

March 29     Washington, DC     DC 9 #

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

All U.S. dates w/Wrong; Nothing appears on all dates except when noted with a #

Torche has previewed three new songs from Restarter: “Loose Men,” which Rolling Stone called “sunny” and Outburn called a “ridiculously catchy rocker” (, “Minions” (, a track Stereogum described as “a towering, walloping steamroller of a song” and “Annihilation Affair” ( which Spin dubbed “a thundering single” and went on to describe as  featuring “pulverizing eardrums with screeching, sludgy guitars, head-pounding percussion, and gut-wrenchingly aggressive vocals.”

Restarter will be released on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital, with pre-orders available now with songs “Harmonslaught” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mantasy,” will be included on deluxe editions.  Digital pre-orders offer an instant download of “Annihilation Affair” and “Minions” (, Bandcamp ( and physically via Relapse (

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