IN 2004, vocalist Steve Brooks and guitarist Juan Montoya formed the anthemic stoner metal four-piece Torche out of the ashes of their previous band, Floor. Their unique blend of doomy heft and and sludge textures, set in a loose pop structure, makes for some of the most memorable metal coming out of the Southeast.
Dropped tuning and wrecking ball guitars build muscle on 2015’s critically-acclaimed fourth studio album, Restarter. That record’s success lies in the band’s unpredictability—right when they set their hooks in, looping you into the familiarity verse-chorus-verse, they’ll spill all the song’s guts across noisy guitar racket in an entrancing mix.
For a band so often defined as “un-metal metal” (despite growing up listening to the stuff, Brooks has said he doesn’t consider Torche a metal band at all), a stop in Savannah, where bands have been deconstructing the genre for years, seems perfectly appropriate.
Hardcore digital musician Jeff Carey, who employs a gamer keypad, strobes, and a joystick to create his music, will be a fascinating opener, along with the sludgy, doomy Day Old Man from Atlanta.
Thursday, January 14, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., $15