“Slide” into This New Torche Song (Also: New Album Announcement and New Tour Dates!)

Art by Richard Vergez

Torche are re-lit: the band has announced that they’ll release a new album, Admission, this summer. It will be their first since 2015’s Restarter.

And while the group’s line-up has been slightly revamped — bassist Jon Nuñez is now handling guitar duties, while Eric Hernandez (Wrong) has taken over on bass (vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks and drummer Rick Smith maintain their usual roles) — Admission‘s first single, “Slide,” suggests the band’s fuzzy, laid-back, painfully catchy sound hasn’t changed much. In fact, I was surprised to learn that Hernandez wrote “Slide,” which Nuñez says the bassist brought to the band “fully realized and arranged.” ‘Cause a) a lot of times a band won’t let a new member contribute much their first go-’round (if ever), and b) Hernandez totally nailed the classic Torche sound (Nuñez, who also produced Admission, says he instructed Hernandez to “use the first three Gary Numan records as inspiration,” which certainly comes through here).

Listen:

Admission comes out July 12 on Relapse, and you don’t even need your parents to bribe anyone if you wanna pre-order it. The band also has a whole lotta live dates lined up for this summer! Get those below:

May 31 Chicago, IL Chicago Doomed and Stoned Festival
June 15 Denver, CO Electric Funeral IV
June 20 Calgary, AB Sled Island
July 26 Tampa, FL The Crowbar
July 27 Jacksonville, FL The Justice Pub
July 28 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
July 31 Washington, DC Black Cat
August 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
August 2 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar
August 3 Allston, MA Great Scott
August 4 Pawtucket, RI The Met
August 5 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
August 6 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
August 7 Wilmington, NC Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
August 8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
August 9 Orlando, FL Henao Center
August 10 Miami, FL Las Rosa’s
September 21 Asheville, NC Heavy Mountain
November 1-3 Gainesville, FL The Fest
November 9 Austin, TX Levitation

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