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From The Desk Of Torche: Open Mindedness

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.

OpenMind

Rick Smith: I try to stay involved in as many kinds of music as possible. I grew up deeply immersed in different underground sub cultures, going through phases where I was diehard about one thing or the other for periods of time. It’s foolish to think back on a time for me when metal was law, and if I was caught dancing to hip hop or electronic music, I was no longer considered to be truly “into” metal. The world is filled with amazing music, the realm of sound is absolutely limitless. The day I decided I could get into anything regardless of what others think was the day that doors to a world of endless possibilities opened up to me.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Mountains

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.

Mountains

Steve Brooks: Growing up in a flat city like Miami, there’s no view unless you’re in a tall building or bridge. I never liked that. I want a reason to look up other than covering my eyes from the blinding, scorching sun. Mountains, man. I’m a mountain kinda man.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Miami

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.

Miami

Rick Smith: Miami sits sandwiched between the Everglades to the west and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches to the east. Then you’ve got the Florida Keys directly to the south, which is another world in itself. A combination of natural beauty, culture, talented people and nightlife, there seems to be no place in the states that feels quite like it. The term Miami “heat” isn’t just referring to our tropical climate, but to the magical energy that the city and its inhabitants possess.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Lightning Bolt

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.

LightningBolt

Rick Smith: When I first heard of Lightning Bolt, I was blown away. This was around the time they released their second record, Wonderful Rainbow. They seemed to be exactly what I was looking for in a band. The music was more high energy and aggressive than lots of metal bands, but lacked the pretentious, no-fun attitude. They also didn’t subscribe to the fashion trends of punk rock, but were seemingly more punk rock than anyone. The art was unique and colorful, with a playful vibe. The live experience was similar to being at a crazy rave in a parallel universe where fuzzed-out bass guitar played at maximum volume out of a wall of colorfully painted speakers coupled with out-of-control break beats blasting away at your face was the new Nirvana. Their energy is unreal, and anyone who wasn’t a fan before seeing them could not deny how fun and powerful they are, even if they ultimately decided it wasn’t something they’re into. Lightning Bolt are life affirming and inspiring to me on so many levels, and I consider them to be one of the most important bands of my time.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Indian Food

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.

Indian

Jonathan Nuñez: The flavors and spices are explosive. It’s hard to turn an Indian buffet down while on tour, even when it’s the first meal of the day. Eight out 10 times, it’ll put the rest of your day in slow motion, probably isn’t ideal for some of the guys in band, and if you are like me, you tend to over do it. Deliciously incredible!

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From The Desk Of Torche: “How To Tour In A Band Or Whatever” By Thor Harris

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.

Thor

Andrew Elstner: Something I do literally before every tour is re-read How To Tour In A Band Or Whatever by Thor Harris. You can find it pretty much everywhere after a simple Google search. Sometimes, I’ll read it again while on tour. For touring musicians, there are a few sources of knowledge that are absolutely fundamental. You must watch Spinal Tap, then, watch it again. You must read Crazy From The Heat by David Lee Roth; this book is invaluable. And you must read Thor Harris’ advice for touring. A few of my favorite entries follow … “Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck up you fucking dick. Goddamn.”

Fuck. Yes. This first rule strikes like a bolt of lightning. Bandmates both current and former will admit, I can be a real dickhead when it comes to calling you out for whining and/or complaining. I have my faults, too. But then I get all meta and wonder if me complaining about your complaining is in itself, a complaint? Am I “fixing” it? Maybe I just need to work on my delivery. Either way, this truth hurts and complaining is fucking exhausting whether on tour or anywhere in your life in general. Fix it, or shut up. “Respect public space in the van. Don’t clutter, you Fuck.” Oh! Feel the burn. For anyone with OCD tendencies, this one will really hit home. I realize that no one is cluttering on purpose and everyone is guilty at some point, but do not underestimate the emotional impact of both a well-maintained and an absolutely busted van interior. Clean that shit up; all the sudden it seems easier to breathe, yeah? Pretty amazing.

“Don’t evaluate your whole life while you’re sitting in a janitor closet waiting to go on. You think you’re above having shitty days at work? Shut up and do your goddamn job.” Wack! Like a slap to your stupid, tour-tired dome. This one above all really crosses all work/life boundaries. Have some perspective on your situation, focus on the positive because there is always something positive. If you can’t think of anything positive, harden the hell up and get to work playing music for chrissakes.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Grilled Cheese

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.

GrilledCheese

Andrew Elstner: The greatest grilled-cheese sandwich on the face of the earth is at the Borough Market in London. I’m not the first to write about it, nor is this my first time writing about it. Inside the market, you’ll find the Kappacasein stall where this legendary sandwich is served. My friends Claire and Paul, who run U.K. band p.r. company A Badge Of Friendship, introduced me to it. We showed up starving, walking past piles of meat pies and pastries, thinking big, “I’m seriously going to eat one of those meat pies, too.” The line was big at the Kappacasein stall as folks lined up for their two big bruisers: the toasted cheese and the raclette. The raclette is simple, but insane. You need a raclette machine to properly do it. It’s basically a unit that holds a giant half wheel of cheese that has a moveable flame bar that sits over the top of the flat side of the wheel, melting and caramelizing the shit out of the first half inch or so of cheese. That cheese and the crispy edge bits are scraped off onto a plate of cooked new potatoes, with gherkins and pickled onions on the side. Holy shit. It looked and smelled amazing. Nearby though, the uncooked toasted cheese sandwiches sat waiting to be ordered. Sourdough bread, three kinds of cheese piled foolishly high, spiked with minced onion and leeks. You order your sandwich, they mash it onto a panini maker and out comes the greatest grilled cheese on earth and maybe one of the top-five sandwiches of all time. I’m not exaggerating. Melty, salty, tangy, oily, onion-y and a good crunch from the bread without it being a total mouth slicer, laced with a crunchy caramelized cheese crust all around the edges. Super filling, but you still cry when it’s gone.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Good Days

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.

GoodDay

Jonathan Nuñez: I really like good days. Having them, remembering them, and participating in them. You just can’t beat a damn good day. Even when you have a partially good day or night, you forget about the shitty parts prior to when things got better/good/great. Cheers to good days.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Cool Weather

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.

CoolWeather

Steve Brooks: So, you know, I grew up in Miami. Most of the year is humid, wet and miserable. I don’t have the body to be naked in public, so layers are the way to go. Then, I moved to San Francisco, and it’s cool all year long. Gimme that fall and spring feeling.

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From The Desk Of Torche: Cats

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.

Cats

Steve Brooks: They’re not easy, and I like a challenge. Cats are individuals, cuddly, independent and always put a smile on my face. You don’t have to walk a cat, and cleaning a litter box beats picking up a huge, soft, stinking pile of dog shit. I do love dogs, though, just hate the drama and neediness. I speak to both species in some kind of “high cutesy voice” language. I have no idea what I’m saying, but they do.

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