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.