Time is running out for Torche. The long-running stoner rock band will call it quits after their current tour with Meshuggah, according to founding guitarist and vocalist Steve Brooks.
Earlier this week, Brooks formally announced that he’d end his tenure with the band once their current run of shows concluded. At the time, it led fans to wonder whether Torche would continue without him. Yet it turns out the answer was already right in front of our faces.
A few weeks ago, a fan asked Brooks on Instagram to elaborate on his announcement to find out what the band’s fate would be. Brooks responded with a pretty definitive answer.
“We’re done. Only plan on reissuing out of print records some day. Moving on.”
Another comment from Brooks, found by The PRP, went a little deeper into the reasoning behind the band’s eventual end.
“I had adventures in this band I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise and made many friends through touring. At this point, I live in rural Oregon Coast and everyone else is in Miami. It’s a mission traveling across country to be crammed in a van for a month, worrying about money to cover all these expenses, possible theft, health/safety and depending on others to take care of our responsibilities at home is too much. The only enjoyable moments for me is onstage (30-80 minutes.) Come see us, if you can.”
It sounds like a lot of touring bands could very likely relate to Brooks’ reasoning. Touring can be a bear for everyone involved, but in his case having to travel across the country before even getting to embark on a tour sounds stressful.
So in the meantime, jam out on the band’s latest single “It Never Began” and revisit the five studio albums they released over the years. We’ll always have the music, even if we won’t be able to see them live for much longer.
Tonight is the first date of Torche’s final run, in which they’re opening for Meshuggah. Depending on when you catch them, you’ll either see Converge or In Flames on the bill as well. Check the dates below to see when they’ll be playing near you.
w/Meshuggah & Converge:
09/16 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/17 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
09/18 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
09/20 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
09/21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/23 Louisville, KY – Portal (no Meshuggah) (feat. JD Pinkus)
09/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09/25 Columbus, OH – Express Live
09/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/28 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
09/29 Chicago, IL – Radius
09/30 Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
w/Meshuggah & In Flames:
10/02 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
10/06 Reno, NV – Virginia St. Brewhouse (no Meshuggah)
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/08 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/09 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/12 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/16 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
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