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Stream: Torches, ‘Staring’

by Kevin Bronson on March 20, 2014

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That tastiest bit of Torches’ 2012 album “Heads Full of Rust” was the propulsive rocker “I Want Something,” an insistent plea to find some semblance of meaning in a scene populated by dressed-up affectations masquerading as art. (At least, that’s how we read it.) The trio’s lineup changed last year, and the core duo of singer-guitarist Azad Cheikosman and drummer Eric Fabbro (who are joined live by bassist Adrian Acosta) is again wrestling with existential crises. The new single “Staring” is “about not caring about other people’s perceptions of you. It’s about going your own way,” Cheikosman tells Interview magazine, where the song premiered. The atmospheric rocker is the first song to emerge from a new album, release date TBA, produced by David Newton (the Little Ones, the Soft Pack, the Henry Clay People, et al). Cheikosman calls the new record “more dance-oriented.” Which is OK since, considering how we dance, it is imperative that we don’t care about other people’s perceptions of us.

||| Stream: “Staring”

||| Live: Torches, along with Moving Units, play the Roxy Theatre on March 28.

||| Previously: “When You Gonna” and “I Want Something”


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jerry March 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

They sure have a lot of songs about staring at people or being stared at. Lurky and paranoid…

Twig March 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Damn, I heard an earlier versiion of this with a badass girl vocal. Why’d they remix that out? not the same.

Kevin Bronson March 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

That’s almost a cheap shot, but I’ll publish it

Marla March 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

High hopes for this band! They stand out from many of the bands in LA. That girl was good, but didn’t she leave awhile ago? I’ll be seeing them at the roxy next week!

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