Back in 2005, when Torche unleashed its debut helping of thunderous doom-pop, guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks’ former band, Floor, was dead and buried. Never again would Brooks’ former and present groups compete for his time and attention. Well, never say never. Floor dropped Oblation last April. Suddenly, “a few reunion gigs” became a time-consuming reality, with Brooks balancing two bands’ write/record/tour cycles. It’s a juggling act Torche has been at since 2008 when members started moving away from the group’s Miami home base. Restarter, the band’s fourth LP, packs in all the familiar elements, but does so with a looser, more somber tone and sullen mood. The members of Torche will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on them.
Jonathan Nuñez: The undisputed king of character. Many of the records, films and photographs that had the biggest impact on me were made using analog tape or film. The way it manipulates what’s being captured onto it makes everything more real and familiar. I highly appreciate everything achieved before digital technology. Even in today’s world, combining analog technology with digital technology makes for a better end result, in my opinion.