Part of what made Torche's last year's breakthrough album Meanderthal such an amazing, compelling listen was the collision of disparate styles and influences — singer/guitarist Steve Brooks was into death metal like Entombed and Deicide, while guitarist Juan Montoya brought to the band a love of My Bloody Valentine, Jawbox, and Cocteau Twins. They found common ground in the Melvins, whom Torche occasionally resembled both on the disc and live. But Montoya was asked to leave the band in late 2008 due to vague-but-ever-popular "personal and professional" reasons. How the band moves forward with Brooks firmly in charge is anyone's guess, but tonight's show should at least provide some answers.

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