Torche Share "Annihilation Affair" via Pitchfork; Restarter Pre-Orders Available Now

Torche, the Southeastern quartet whose effortless knack for combining lush melodies with heavy music have turned out some of the most inspired albums over the last decade, share new song “Annihilation Affair” via Pitchfork (   

The song comes from the band’s forthcoming release, Restarter, out Feb. 24 via Relapse Records. Bass player and Producer Jonathan Nuñez said of the new album: “I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft]. I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song. You’ve got to move forward. You can’t release the same record over and over.”

The band offered up the first listen to their new music with the December stream of “Minions” (, a song Nuñez told Rolling Stone was a “classic Torche song” and went on to call a “heavy, melodic crusher.”

Restarter will be released on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital, with pre-orders available now with songs “Harmonslaught” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mantasy,” will be included on deluxe editions.  Digital pre-orders offer an instant download of “Annihilation Affair” (, Bandcamp ( and physically via Relapse (

Restarter track list:

  1. Annihilation Affair
  2. Bishop in Arms
  3. Minions
  4. Loose Men
  5. Undone
  6. Blasted
  7. No Servants
  8. Believe It
  9. Barrier Hammer
  10. Restarter


Tour dates:
Dates through Jan. 10 with Clutch and Lionize:


January 6     New Orleans, LA     House of Blues

January 7     Houston, TX     House of Blues

January 8     Dallas, TX     House of Blues

January 9     Tulsa, OK     Cain’s Ballroom

January 10     Austin, TX     Emo’s


Dates from Jan. 16 to 21 with Municipal Waste:


January 16     Winston-Salem, NC     Ziggy’s

January 17     Wilmington, NC     Ziggy’s by the Sea

January 18     Tallahassee, FL     Pug’s Live

January 19     Gainesville, FL     The Atlantic

January 20     Ybor City, FL     Crowbar

January 21     Miami, FL     Grand Central

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


* - w/Part Chimp and Henry Blacker

** - w/Kings and Henry Blacker

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