New Torche – “Healer”

We mentioned being blown away by the heavy stoner goodness of Torche this past CMJ. Well, the Steve Brooks-fronted Miami/Atlanta quartet’s superb, Kurt Ballou-produced second full-length Meanderthal — a mix of math angles, Melvins-esque sludge, and full-on turbo-powered pop hookery — is out today. So we’re mentioning ‘em again. As far as the pop songs go, one of our favorites is “Healer” and its windswept, Superchunk-on-Foo Fighters propulsion. Foos, you ask? No, we’re not fucking with you.

Torche – “Healer” (MP3)

If that’s not heavy enough, take a listen to how “Amnesian” collides with the title track: The entire album’s streaming here.

Meanderthal is out via Hydra Head. We can’t say this enough: Try to catch them live. They have a number of shows coming up with Philly legends Stinking Lizaveta and a few less with doomy Austin Road Warriors the Sword:

05/07 – Little Rock, Arkansas @ Downtown Music %
05/08 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s %
05/09 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Lola’s #
05/10 – Memphis, Tennessee @ Hi Tone #
05/11 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Exit/In #
05/12 – Covington, Kentucky @ The Mad Hatter #
05/13 – Detroit, Michigan @ The Magic Stick #
05/14 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ravari Room #
05/15 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel #
05/16 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ First Unitarian Church #
05/17 – Brooklyn, New York @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
05/18 – Cambridge, Massachusetts @ Middle East #
05/20 – Raleigh, North Carolina @ Lincoln Theater #
05/21 – Savannah, Georgia @ The Jinx #
05/22 – Tallahassee, Florida @ The Beta Bar #
05/23 – Gainesville, Florida @ Common Grounds #
05/24 – Orlando, Florida @ The Social #
05/25 – St Pete, Florida @ State Theater #
05/26 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Lenny’s #
05/27 – Birmingham, Alabama @ Bottle Tree #
05/28 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana @ Spanish Moon #
05/29 – Houston, Texas @ Rudyard’s #
05/30 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ One Eyed Jacks %

% w/ Stinking Lizaveta
# w/ The Sword and Stinking Lizaveta

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