“You never know a person until you know their fears.” With that said, its safe to claim the worth of listening to the lyrics for Torches‘ bits of wisdom – and thats a pretty good one. Their twelve-track debut album Heads Full Of Rust is quite a solid introduction to the Los Angeles local (ok, South Pasadena) dwellers, especially given that these guys (and lady) manage themselves. The album is also graced by engineer, David Newton (The Henry Clay People, Happy Hollows) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Silversun Pickups, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and with those stats alone, you know you won’t have to tread lightly.
Azad Cheikosman’s gentle voice guides the melancholic theme while the electric guitar pickups give their tracks a radiance that floats the subdued mood. The single, “I Want Something” shuffles along but its slight repetitiveness is unique to the album. Instead, their dreamy tunes are relaxing enough to unwind with but plenty catchy to make for some great sing-a-long jams. With focused instrumental build-ups like in the title track, “Heads Full Of Rust”, Torches define their aptitude for their devices and how to unite them in an utterly charming style. “Whine” and “Dead Face” both capture the sleepy town concept perfectly with calm yet progressive melodies that sweep you through a graduated series of parallel strings and echoing hums. Their overall use of spring reverb and varying tonal characteristics are strong elements that carry throughout the album, complimenting the lyrical theme of an unbounded search for fulfillment. The raw claps of “Lights Go On” positively shape the track’s ruminative manner while the eagerness of “Out Of The Desert” charges with the chorus, “throw up my fists into the air screaming someone let me out of here!”
Never getting too tender or harsh, Torches perfectly exemplifies indie rock. From self management to manipulating shuffled percussion with falsettos and channeling dreamy surf rock guitar sequences, this trio has composed an extraordinary debut album.
Torches are amidst a West Coast tour but will be returning home soon, read more to see their tour dates.
July 5 @ Le Voyeur Café – Olympia, WA
July 7 @ Private Party – Seattle, WA
July 8 @ The Comet – Seattle, WA
July 10 @ The High Dive – Seattle, WA
July 14 @ DAYTROTTER – live in studio session – San Francisco, CA
July 14 @ The Make Out Room – San Francisco, CA
July 30 @ The Echoplex w/ Seasons, MMM, and Body Parts – Los Angeles, CA
August @ The Hog Roast. Mike James’ Party – Los Angeles, CA
August 25 @ The Satellite! – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17 @ Fontana’s – CMJ FESTIVAL