Brooklyn Vegan interviews Steve Brooks from Torche

"You recorded some new material for the upcoming 12" for Hydra Head. Is there any material that didnt make it on to the 12" or Meanderthal that you are working on for the next release? When can we expect a new record?

The two extra tracks on the 12" EP were written and recorded in a few days last September before we went back on tour. We did a few covers too, but decided not to release 'em. We discovered playing other peoples songs aren't our thing. We prefer the original to any covers we attempt to do. haha. We're currently writing material for the next LP, which will be out sometime next year.

What were the circumstances behind Juan Montoya's departure? Amicable? Creative differences?

It was personal and professional between Juan and the other members of the band. So, unless you're in the band or touring with us, most people wouldn't understand. Our relationship with him was unhealthy, so we let him go. Juan's a talented and lovable guy otherwise, so we hope he finds a band that's more on his page." Read the full interview here

Check out Torche on these dates and also pick a copy of Healer/Across the Shields at the Hydra Head Shop. Pre-order is up now.

2/28 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Atlanta Metal Festival) w/ Harvey Milk
4/3 Portland, Oregon @ Hawthorne Theater w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/ 4 Bellingham, Washington @ Nightlight w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/ 5 Seattle, Washington @ Neumo’s w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/ 7 Salt Lake City, Utah @ Avalon Theater w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/8 Denver, Colorado The Marquis Theater w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/10 Minneapolis, Minnesota @ Varsity Theater w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/11 Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudville Mews w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/12 Chicago, Illinois@ Empty Bottle w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/13 Pontiac, Michigan @ Eagle Theater w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/15 Boston, Massachusetts @ Middle East Downstairs w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @Theater of Living Arts w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/17 Lancaster, Pennsylvania @ Chameleon Club w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/18 Baltimore, Maryland@ Sonar w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/19 New York, New York @ Highline Ballroom w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES
4/21 Raleigh, North Carolina @ The Brewery w/DREDG, MAPS & ATLASES