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MassConcerts Presents

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Torche, Code Orange

Fri, October 6, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Webster

$35.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Gojira
Gojira
Technical Death Metal band from Ondres (France) formed in 1996 under the name Godzilla (18).
They had to change to Gojira for legal reasons in 2001.
Joe and Mario have also a side-project on hiatus since 2005 called Empalot.

Line-up:
Joseph Duplantier - Guitar & Vocals
Christian Andreu - Guitar
Jean-Michel Labadie - Bass
Mario Duplantier - Drums
Torche
Torche
Stoner rock/metal band from Miami, Florida.

The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Floor, ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (who also played in the grindcore bands Shitstorm, Tyranny of Shaw, Adore Miridia, and the screamo band Tunes for Bears to Dance To). According to MTracks.com: "Their music has a unique, hard-hitting sound that provokes a wide range of emotions, and they have a large fan base throughout the world." They have toured with Mogwai, Isis, Pelican, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk, Boris, and High on Fire. Steve Brooks, however, has said that they don't consider themselves a metal band. In describing the band's sound, Smith said in an interview: "To me it's mostly a combination of everything we listen to collectively as a band. We take what we like from what we grew up on and use it as creatively as we can. I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests." In terms of touring, Brooks said Torche is getting more of a young crowd.

On April 8, 2008, the band released their second full-length, entitled Meanderthal. It was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Genghis Tron). It was met with critical acclaim, including that from Decibel Magazine who ranked Meanderthal #1 on their list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 as well as an 8.2/10 by Pitchfork Media. In an interview, Brooks said the band themselves came up with the album's concept in terms of artwork and packaging, along with Aaron Turner Brooks has also said that in terms of writing material, the band focuses on what they like, rather than worrying about a "backlash" from their fans.

Guitarist Stephen Brooks is one of the few openly gay musicians in the punk rock / metal scene. He did an interview round table in 2008 on thestranger.com with other openly gay musicians such as Brian Cook (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch), and Juan Velazquez of Abe Vigoda.

In late 2008 Juan Montoya left the band, a move credited to musical differences. Steve Brooks said "He is an amazing guitarist, but we are just not on the same page... but Torche will still carry on as a 3 piece band". As of 2010, Juan Montoya joined up with ex-Bloodsimple members Bevan Davies and Kyle Sanders, and Charlie Suarez of Sunday Driver to create the band "MonstrO" In an interview with Malia James, Brooks revealed that Montoya's departure was acrimonious, and involved physical violence between the two of them.

Torche embarked on tours with bands such as dredg in April 2009, and another with a reunited Harvey Milk. The band opened for Coheed and Cambria on their headlining tour alongside Circa Survive in spring 2010.

On January 14, 2011, it was announced on the Riverfront Times Blog that Andrew Elstner (Riddle of Steel, Tilts) will be joining Torche.

Current members:
Steve Brooks - guitar/vocals
Andrew Elstner - guitar/vocals (2011-)
Jonathan Nuñez - bass
Rick Smith - drums

Former member:
Juan Montoya - guitar (2004-2008)
Code Orange
Formed 2001, in Shorewood, WI, United States - Disbanded August 2003
(Not to be confused with "Code Orange Kids" Formed 2008)

Jesse Kasen (bass, backing vocals),
Ryan Rupp (drums),
Kris Russell (guitar, lead vocals),
Darin Yenter (guitar, backing vocals)
Venue Information:
The Webster
31 Webster St.
Hartford, CT, 06114
http://www.webstertheater.com/