Wednesday, August 15, 2012

0 Torche, Helms Alee, Lozen @ Highline

The mighty threesome of Torche, Helms Alee, and Lozen laid waste to eardrums last night at the sweltering Highline. As warm as it was, there was merely a complaint to be heard as the close to capacity crowd enjoyed every last second of the latest Infinite 25 show.

Tacoma duo Lozen treated the crowd to a nice mix of older stuff and material off their recently self-released gem Para Vida (SRG review is forthcoming) to rave applause. Helms Alee then took the stage, staved off some technical difficulties only to finish triumphantly. It doesn't get much better than that soaring Ben Verellen solo that comes towards the end of  the always too-short "Elbow Grease" off Weatherhead. What a song, gets me every time.

As far as Torche is concerned, I can think of very few current bands that have hit home in recent years like the Florida foursome. The band's newest effort Harmonicraft is a revelation of heavy riffs, killer bass tone, and superb drumming all supped up into some of the most ear pleasing pop songs released all year. It's like nothing I've heard prior, and I would be remissed if I didn't admit that I was a sucker for hooks and song writing as a whole. Torche does what they do very well, and its as refreshing as an  ice cold lager on a 80 degree Seattle afternoon.

Buy "Harmonicraft", "Weatherhead", and "Para Vida" NOW!

Here are some shots from last night courtesy of our good friend Melissa Bird:


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