Cave of Swimmers Tour Starts Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Progressive heavy rock duo Cave of Swimmers head out on a Southern tour the day after tomorrow, supporting their 2015 release, Reflection, and playing their first live dates of the year. Listening to Reflection, it’s kind of hard to imagine how Cave of Swimmers can manage to conjure such a full-band vibe on stage — actually, my first question is whether or not that process involves a laptop — but they’ve been at it a few years now, having gotten their start with a self-titled EP/LP in 2013 that was later picked up for a pressing through The Path Less Traveled Records, so it seems reasonable to assume that one way or another they’ve got it figured out.

And while we’re on the subject, if they do have a laptop with them, I acknowledge that for some that’s an issue or a strike against, but I do not feel that way. Rock and roll by any and all means necessary. Only time I might be bummed out is if someone stopped a show to check their email. Then it might be overboard. Unless it’s an art-piece, like, part of the show in a Tony Clifton kind of way or something like that. Then it would be brilliant. Context is everything.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, tour dates. Here they are:

cave of swimmers

Miami duo Cave of Swimmers is going on tour this Friday. They are known to put on a live show like no other. They are out of control and full of raw energy that is infectious. They have gained recognition throughout the country and have been invited all over Florida to open for national acts. Their most recent show took place in Gainesville on December 18 and opened for thrashers High On Fire and Crowbar. They’re also playing Psycho Las Vegas Music Festival 2016 in August.

Reflection Winter Tour
Feb 26 St Petersburg, FL @ The Bends
Feb 27 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Feb 29 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
Mar 1 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Mar 2 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
Mar 4 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Grotto
Mar 5 San Antonio, TX @ Faust Tavern
Mar 6 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
Mar 10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Mar 11 Metairie, LA @ The Babylon
Mar 12 Sarasota, FL @ Cabana Inn

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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Torche Announce US Tour with Kvelertak and Headlining Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Miami four-piece Torche and Norwegian noise-rock troublemakers Kvelertak have teamed up for a North American tour starting April 8 in Nashville. Kvelertak will headline (which, to be honest, surprised the hell out of me), but Torche also have additional dates on the itinerary on which they’ll headline as they continue to support last year’s Restarter (review here), their fourth album and first to be issued through Relapse Records. They’ve already toured in the US and Europe for it, and since they’ll head to France in June for Hellfest, more European appearances don’t seem all that unlikely, barring exclusivity or anything like that.

Either way, Torche are touring, and that’s never been bad news. The PR wire fills us in:

kvelertak torche tour

TORCHE Announces Headlining US Dates, Tour With Kvelertak

TORCHE has announced a slew of new North American dates beginning this coming April and May. The Miami stoner/sludge rockers will be directly supporting Norway’s Kvelertak on a nearly month-long tour throughout the US and Canada. On either end of the tour, TORCHE will also be playing two weeks of headlining dates in the US East and Southwest. Up-and-comers Wild Throne will support on the majority of the dates. Check out a full itinerary below.

TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide. Pitchfork called Restarter TORCHE’s “most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band “loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”

Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse at THIS LOCATION or streamed & purchased digitally via TORCHE’s Bandcamp page HERE.

***All Dates with Kvelertak & Wild Throne unless noted***

Apr 8 Nashville, TN The End*
Apr 9 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar*
Apr 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s^
Apr 11 Buffalo, NY The Studio @ Waiting Room*
Apr 12 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Apr 13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Apr 16 Washington, DC DC Brau (Festival)
Apr 17 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Apr 18 Quebec City, QC L’Anti*
Apr 19 Montreal, QC L’Astral
Apr 20 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Apr 24 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Apr 25 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Apr 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Apr 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Apr 29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Apr 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 2 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 3 Portland, Or Hawthorne Theatre
May 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater
May 7 San Diego, CA The Hideout*
May 8 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Bar*
May 10 Austin, TX Barracuda*
May 11 Dallas, TX Three Links*
May 12 Houston, TX Rudyard’s^
May 13 New Orleans, LA Siberia^

* = with Wild throne ^ = Torche only

June 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest

Torche, Restarter (2015)

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Floor Announce Florida Weekender

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Way I see it, the more Floor play, the better off the universe as a whole is, so while a couple home-state gigs might not seem like much — certainly not compared to the European and US tours they’ve already done in support of last year’s studio return, Oblation (review here), on Season of Mist — it’s better than nothing. Particularly notable for the three-night run is the fact that House of Lightning will provide support for each show, which means drummer Henry Wilson will be pulling double-duty, and while this post didn’t at all start out that way, it’s kind of become an excuse for me to post the video accompanying, which is a live set and spliced-in interview footage captured for Atlanta Public Television. If you have a minute, check it out, because it rules.

The PR wire lines on the dotted:

FLOOR announce Florida tour dates

Cult underground rock outfit FLOOR (Steve Brooks (also of TORCHE)- Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon – Guitar, Henry Wilson – drums) have announced their first US shows in almost 2 years. The dates, which begin on January 7, see the band playing Miami, Gainesville, and Winter Haven. More information can be found below.

FLOOR previously released new footage shot during their most recent US tour. The footage, shot live at The Bottletree in Birmingham, AL, by regional television show “We Have Signal” is streaming now.

FLOOR are touring in support of their first new album in over ten years. ‘Oblation’. The follow-up to their ground-breaking, cult-classic, self-titled album, ‘Oblation’ delivers on the highest of expectations. From start to finish, the drop-tuned, down-tempo trio mine the power of the riff, their signature melodies, and patented “bomb-string” attack. Instant FLOOR classics like “War Party”, “Sister Sophia”, “Find Away” and the title track prove beyond doubt that ‘Oblation’ is their legacy writ large and that the band is as vital as ever.

Jan. 7 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s (w/ Wrong, AC Cobra, MQN)
Jan. 8 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Jan. 9 Winter Haven, FL @ Jessie’s Lounge

Floor, Live on Atlanta Public Television

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Torche Announce First Headlining Dates of 2016

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


I don’t know, don’t you just feel good knowing that Torche are out there? Even if they’re not coming to your town this time around, it’s a pretty reliable supposition that they’ve been there before and they’ll get there again, and as they continue to support earlier-2015’s Restarter (review here), I’m just glad to know they’ll be kicking off the New Year doing what they do best in delivering boots to the collective ass of a live audience. Because they’re a fucking good band, and good bands should be playing live, as Torche are, rampaging through Europe (again?) next month before breaking for the holidays.

That’s your sports wisdom for the day, pointing out the obvious. If you need me, I’ll be in my zen rock garden.

Sadly, no, that’s not true. I neither have, nor spend time in, a zen rock garden. Even if I did, I’d just ruin it by bringing my laptop.

Here are the tour dates:

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TORCHE: Announces January US Headlining Dates

Miami stoner rockers TORCHE have just announced a short new run of headlining US dates beginning this January. The 10-day tour is set to kick off just five weeks after the band’s month-long European headlining tour concludes this November. After having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Europe over the past year, TORCHE will now bring their unique brand of rock to the US South for two weeks kicking off January 14. A complete listing of dates is available below.

TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide.

***All Dates With Jeff Carey and Day Old Man***
Jan 14 Savannah, GA Jinx
Jan 15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Hell
Jan 16 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway
Jan 17 Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia
Jan 18 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone
Jan 19 Birmingham, AL Saturn
Jan 20 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
Jan 21 Gainesville, FL The Wooly
Jan 22 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
Jan 23 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
Jan 24 Tampa, FL New World Brewery

Torche, “Annihilation Affair” official video

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Friday Full-Length: Cavity, Supercollider

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Cavity, Supercollider (1999)

Probably Cavity‘s most remembered work owing in no small part to a Hydra Head reissue in 2002, Supercollider first appeared three years earlier in 1999 on Man’s Ruin Records, with different artwork but a no less vicious roll, feedback-soaked riffing developed over the course of a tumultuous seven years since the band’s inception in 1992. By the time they got around to Supercollider, third of the four records they’d release before calling it quits after 2001’s On the Lam, bassist Daniel Gorostiaga was the only remaining founding member of the band, but their lineup changes had brought on board players who would and had already helped to shape the style of heavy for which Miami has since become known, a shared lineage with their contemporaries in Floor finding the roster of guitarist/vocalist Anthony Vialon and drummer Henry Wilson (both known for their work in that band and featured in the reunited trio now active) on board for these 10 tracks, along with Gorostiaga and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Weinstein. The stew they’d concoct over the 41 minutes of Supercollider showcased a hook early in its opening title-track but was ultimately more sinister in its purposes on subsequent pieces like “Damaged IV” and “Last of the Final Goodbyes.”

And as much as Cavity‘s impact these years later on Miami heavy stems from the people who were a part of its lineup and their ongoing contributions — Wilson went on to form Dove after Floor, and now also plays in House of LightningVialon is back in Floor, whose guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks (also Torche) also did a stint in Cavity, as did Holly Hunt drummer Beatriz Monteavaro, former Torche guitarist Juan Montoya, and both guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafa Martinez of Black Cobra, among many others — that’s not to understate the actual influence their music had. One can hear the roots of much of what came after in Cavity‘s earlier work, and even bands like Kylesa and Mastodon, who are both from a ways north, in Georgia, owed Cavity a debt in their early days. Supercollider is more heavy rock and less punk than some of what Cavity did, but it still retains an ethic and penchant for meanness, staring down the listener, and its blend has remained its own over the 16 years since its release.

Some form of Cavity, whatever lineup it might be, are due for a reunion — and there have been talks of such for the last several years — but until we get there, a revisit to Supercollider will have to do. Hope you enjoy.

This weekend is my grandmother’s 100th birthday. A hundred fucking years. More life than you or I can imagine. I’ll be heading down to Jersey to celebrate with family and then back up on Sunday, so the writing that I might otherwise be doing to get ahead of the game on Monday is pretty much out of the question. She may or may not know who I am when I get there, but you’d best believe I’m gonna be there anyway. Some things you don’t miss.

So look for a new podcast on Monday. We’re due anyway. That and whatever news comes up will have to suffice.

Tuesday, a track premiere from DoctoR DooM, and hopefully a review of some Anathema vinyl if I can find time to write it — those reissues; they’re awesome — and Thursday, a track premiere from boozy rockers Plainride. I’ll also have a Freedom Hawk review sometime next week in addition to the Anathema, but I’m going to start preparing the Quarterly Review this coming week ahead of getting those posts up — 10 reviews a day for five days — the week starting June 27, so if I keep it a little more sparing on actual posts up next week, three or four a day instead of five, or six, that’s why. I’m not just lazy; I’m working on other stuff.

Speaking of, the job is going well, if you’re wondering. It doesn’t look like they want to shitcan me, which is important, and I was able to bring the little dog Dio to the office twice this week, so I mark that a win. Looking like they’re going to send me to San Francisco next month as well to write about a conference on semiconductors that runs from July 14-16, so you know I’ll be parlaying that to a visit to Amoeba Music and hopefully Aquarius Records too, the two of them comprising something of a record-buying Mecca I’ve been fortunate enough to stop through on more than one occasion in my life. Would be cool to find a show to hit as well. Mammatus play on July 9 with Trans Am. Just missed it. Timing is everything.

Alright, it’s just after 6PM and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person still in this office building, so time to get the hell out and go sit in traffic for an indeterminate amount of hours. I hope you have a great and safe weekend, wherever you’re at, and I hope you please take some time to check out the forum and radio stream.

The Obelisk Forum

The Obelisk Radio

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Holly Hunt Confirm Upcoming Tours with Mono and To Live and Shave in LA

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Far be it from me to tell you your business, but if you’re not listening to the heaviest thing possible right now, you might want to put on some Holly Hunt. The instrumental Miami two-piece of guitarist Gavin Perry and drummer Beatriz Monteavaro took a minute to confirm upcoming tours with To Live and Shave in LA and Mono, one almost right into the next, and that’s really all the excuse I’ve needed this afternoon to run through their Bandcamp and revel in the crash and tonal overload they proffer like some kind of forklift for riffs.

To wit, their 2014 split with likeminded onslaught specialists Slomatics, which you can hear below. You’re probably well hip to these cats, and that’s cool, but sometimes a reminder is just the thing, and this is hitting the spot for me, so hopefully your experience is similar. Dates, links and audio follow:

To Live And Shave In LA / Holly Hunt – tour 2015
Sat May 23rd – Atlanta @ 529
Sun May 24th – Nashville @ Betty’s
Mon May 25th – Dayton @ Canal Public House
Tue May 26th – Chicago @ CLVBRECTVM
Wed May 27th – Detroit @ Trinosophes
Thu May 28th – Cleveland @ Now Thats Class
Fri May 29th – Rochester @ Monty’s Crown
Sat May 30th – Boston @ Deep Thoughts
Sun May 31st – NYC @ Palisades
Mon Jun 1st – Philadelphia @ Vat
Tue Jun 2nd – Baltimore @ The Bank
Wed Jun 3rd – Richmond @ Auxiliary
Thu Jun 4th – Chapel Hill @ Nightlight

Mono / Holly Hunt – North American Tour 2015
Jun 9, 2015 | Rock & Roll Hotel | Washington, DC
Jun 10, 2015 | Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, PA
Jun 11, 2015 | The Ballroom at The Outer Space | Hamden, CT
Jun 12, 2015 | LPR – Le Poisson Rouge | New York, NY
Jun 13, 2015 | Middle East Downstairs | Cambridge, MA
Jun 14, 2015 | La Tulipe | Montreal, QC
Jun 15, 2015 | Ritual Nightclub | Ottawa, ON
Jun 16, 2015 | Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
Jun 17, 2015 | Majestic Cafe | Detroit, MI
Jun 18, 2015 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL
Jun 19, 2015 | The Rave Bar | Milwaukee, WI
Jun 20, 2015 | Cedar Cultural Center | Minneapolis, MN
Jun 23, 2015 | Wonder Ballroom | Portland, OR
Jun 24, 2015 | Neumos | Seattle, WA
Jun 26, 2015 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
Jun 27, 2015 | Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA
Jun 28, 2015 | Casbah | San Diego, CA
Jun 29, 2015 | The Crescent Ballroom | Phoenix, AZ
Jul 1, 2015 | Club Dada | Dallas, TX
Jul 2, 2015 | Red 7 | Austin, TX

Holly Hunt & Slomatics, Split (2014)

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Shroud Eater Premiere “Face the Master” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 17th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

shroud eater

Oh, it does feel good to hear Shroud Eater crushing it once again. The Miami-based trio of guitarist/vocalist Jeannie Saiz, bassist/vocalist Janette Valentine and newcomer drummer Davin Sosa will release a new single, Face the Master, April 7 on Primitive Violence. It’ll be the first new Shroud Eater since 2013’s murder-prone Dead Ends EP (review here), which of course followed 2011’s debut full-length, ThunderNoise (review here) and their 2009 demo (review here), and while it’s just two songs and done in under seven minutes, it reestablishes the three-piece’s momentum, which seemed to be building to a tipping point coming out of Dead Ends, before the lineup change. Some East Coast tour dates following the Face the Master release won’t hurt in that regard either.

But mostly, it’s just a joy to have Shroud Eater back, the efficiency of their neo-sludge on display in the 2:44 “Face the Master,” which culls its lyrical basis from the 1979 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Salem’s Lot, shroud eater face the masterand moves swiftly from destructive thrash to a slowed-down, harmonized finish worthy of whatever ’90s comparison you’d want to attach to it. The subsequent “House of Endings” is a little longer and more straightforward h-e-a-v-y rock, but spacious and huge-sounding as it rolls into a drawling solo in the second half that leads to a grueling semi-deconstruction, the resonant rumble being the last remaining element to fade out. The hope, of course, is that Face the Master precedes more to come from Shroud Eater either later this year or in 2016, but even if this is it for now, I doubt many who take the time to listen will be complaining.

The video for “Face the Master,” which I have the pleasure of premiering, was put together by Valentine and, like the song itself, features retooled clips from Salem’s Lot asking whether or not your faith is enough.

So is it?

Shroud Eater, “Face the Master” official video

Miami, Florida’s SHROUD EATER will release their two-song EP, Face The Master, April 7th, 2015 on regular and special-edition cassette via Primitive Violence Records & Visual, as well as a digital download. In celebration of the EP’s release, the band will also be embarking on an eight-day trek up and down the east coast in support of the release.

SHROUD EATER continue to deliver crushing alms to the altar of heavy. Their newest two-song offering, FACE THE MASTER, which was recorded by Davin Sosa and Aric Meerbott at Guzu Recordings, Miami, Florida and mixed and Mastered by Jay Matheson at The Jam Room in Columbia, SC, is a face-ripping romp in vicious tones, gritty vocals, and unexpected turns that have come to define the scuzzy Shroud Eater sound. Riding high off 2013’s highly acclaimed EP Dead Ends and re-energized with a new lineup, Shroud Eater has borne comparisons to metal behemoths like Kylesa, High on Fire, and Acid King, all while forging their own dynamic sound in the metal landscape.

4/22 – Savannah, GA @ THE JINX
4/23 – Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
4/24 – Philly, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
4/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
4/26 – Washington DC @ TBA
4/27 – Wilmington, NC @ TBA
4/28 – Charleston, SC – “Tunnel of Lust” House Show

Jean Saiz: guitar, vocals
Janette Valentine: bass, vocals
Davin Sosa: drums, vocals

Shroud Eater on Thee Facebooks

Shroud Eater on Bandcamp

Shroud Eater’s website

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Torche Release Restarter Today on Relapse

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


I’ve seen some pretty interesting reactions to Torche‘s Relapse debut, from people digging the return of their sheer sonic heft and melodic range, to being caught up wondering at the slower average pace of the material compared to some of what Torche have done before. Wherever you land on the subject, Torche‘s Restarter (review here) is out today and the response to its arrival seems generally positive. Fortunate since they’re about to spend probably the next 18 months on tour supporting it, and it’s already been hyped with, among other things, a video game, which I’m sorry to say I sucked at viciously. Like, horribly. Embarrassingly bad at it.

Today’s actually a pretty big release day, with stuff out from TorcheRuby the HatchetCrypt Sermon and others, so if you’ve got money to burn, there’s plenty of kindling around. The announcement of Restarter‘s materialization came down the PR wire thusly and brought with it a trailer for Torche‘s upcoming “Annihilation Affair” video, which you can find below:

torche restarter


Torche release Restarter, the hard rock outfit’s fourth album and Relapse Record’s debut, today. The critically acclaimed collection is streaming in its entirety via Soundcloud (

The band will unveil an animated video for “Annihilation Affair” during the week of March 9. A teaser for the clip, which was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Monster Magnet, Stone Sour), can be seen here.

Restarter 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.

Upcoming headlining shows from Torche:

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 #

Fans of the band can try their skills at Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair (, a single-player game featuring each of the Torche band members as characters trying to save the city of Miami from destruction bent robots.

Torche, “Annihilation Affair” video teaser

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