The much buzzed about eastside trio TORCHES set off northward on a tour to support their new album Heads Full of Rust four weeks ago with a AAA card, a big box of merch and a dream. Along the way they wrote down some notes about the scenery, sleazy clubs, friendly women and the vegan bounty of the Great Northwest. Road weary but stoked they share these tales with you, good readers of Radio Free Silver Lake. TORCHES is back home to play July 30 at the Echoplex with Seasons, Manhattan Murder Mystery, & Body Parts.
By Azad Cheikosman of Torches
Day One - LA to Santa Cruz: June 29, 2012
We’ve embarked on our first northwest tour and we couldn’t be happier. The ride proved to be pretty smooth until we got a flat tire ten miles outside of Santa Cruz. Luckily a guy who works for a state-run highway program came to our rescue. Timing was perfect because he arrived minutes before the AAA guy got there. Shortly after we were back on the road again and arrived in Santa Cruz to play our first show of the tour. Metavinyl is a really rad record store and not to mention a great and intimate place to play a show. The place is pretty small, but it’s cozy and the people who watched were kind seemed to dig what we were doing. We haven’t ended our streak of selling albums at shows yet, which is a good sign…for now.
Day Two – Santa Cruz to Humboldt: June 30, 2012
We were fortunate enough to be able to sleep in. I must have forgot to mention our friend Matt surprised us by showing up to the Santa Cruz last night. The only thing is…he didn’t make it to the show on time. It’s alright because we got some time to make a stop at Streetlight Records, the Boardwalk, and the beach. Now we’re on the road headed for Humboldt where Eric’s [Fabbro, the band's drummer] cousin lives. We’ll be staying the night in Humboldt before we head out to Portland in the morning. Tomorrow’s show takes place at Ash Street Saloon. At this particular moment in time we’re driving through the Redwoods.