Monday, February 23, 2015

Torche VS Robots: Annihilation Affair [FREE video game] + new album Restarter & Tour

Torche was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks, Juan Montoya, Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith after the dissolution of Brooks & Montoya’s cult-favorite doom band Floor. Floor actually reunited in 2010 (sans Montoya) and released Oblation last year, which we named one of our top albums of 2014. Now Brooks and his fellow Torche-members have released their new album Restarter, and have created an interesting promotion to go along with it. The band and their label Relapse Records has developed a free video game to go along with the album.

In Torche VS Robots you can play as one of the band members in a single-player, side-scrolling game jumping and fighting robots to save a post-apocalyptic Miami while their new album Restarter plays in the background. You can download the game for free in the Apple Store or Google Play and there is a desktop version available as well. This is an interesting promotion and possibly one of the first of its kind - plus its fun to hear some good stoner sludge play in the background while you shoot at robots and try to not fall through the cracks. There are links to get the game below, as well as a link to their new album on Bandcamp, and you can check out dates for their tour after the jump.

Desktop Version: www.torchevsrobots.com

Apple Store Version: itunes.apple.com

Google Play Version: play.google.com

Stream Restarter here: torche.bandcamp.com

Torche tour dates:

March 4 Miami, Fl Churchill’s Pub #
March 6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
March 7 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree
March 8 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
March 9 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
March 10 Austin, TX Red 7
March 11 Dallas, TX Club Dada #
March 12 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone
March 13 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
March 14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
March 15 Milwaukee, WI The Cactus Club
March 16 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner
March 17 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
March 18 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
March 20 Detroit, MI The Pike Room
March 21 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
March 22 Montreal, QC Bar Le Ritz
March 23 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
March 25 Boston, MA Great Scott
March 26 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
March 27 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
March 28 Richmond, VA Strange Matters #
March 29 Washington, DC DC 9 #
May 2 Leipzig, DE Taubchental
May 3 Wroclaw, PL Asymmetry Festival
May 4 Prague, CZ 007
May 5 Munich, DE Ampere
May 6 Milan, IT Lo Fi Club
May 8 Barcelona, SP Rocksound
May 9 Madrid, SP Boute Live!
May 10 Lisbon, PT Musicbox
May 11 Bilbao, SP Kafe Antzokia
May 13 Zurich, SZ Dynamo
May 14 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthoff
May 15 Cologne, DE Underground
May 16 Berlin, DE Hafenklang
May 18 Nijmegen, NL Merelyn
May 19 Haarlem, NL Patronaat
May 20 Paris, FR Glazart
May 21 Antwerp, BE Kavka
May 22 London, UK Underworld *
May 23 Leeds, UK Belgrave Social Club *
May 24 Galway, IR Roisin Dubh
May 25 Cork, IR Craine Lane
May 26 Dublin, IR Grand Social
May 27 Belfast, IR The Limelight
May 28 Glasgow, UK CCA **
May 29 Manchester, UK Sound Control **
May 30 Bristol, UK Temples Festival
May 31 Nimes, FR This is Not a Love Song
June 1 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur

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