Torche, Volt Direction

The four-pronged Floridian Riff Colossus that has steamrolled its way across the international underground. Led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks (formerly of doom dropouts Floor) and featuring the myriad talents of drummer Rick Smith, bassist Jonathan Nuñez and guitarist Juan Montoya, Torche unfurled their self-titled debut in 2005 via Richmond, Virginia's Robotic Empire. The glorious half-hour of blissed-out power-grooves, triumphant vocal harmonies and cosmic resonance within was variously hailed as "stoner pop," "thunder rock," and "doom pop," but a consensus was quickly reached within the Fourth Estate: Both the underground and mainstream press had their hands halfway down their pants just thinking about listening to Torche. The band was immediately lauded as giants among men, leaders among sheep, and powerbrokers of a deadly new sonic idiom founded upon Brooks' signature "bomb-string" detonation-detune. As Decibel magazine so righteously pointed out in May of 2005, Torche "carries on in the dizzying Sabbathian tradition of Floor, only potentially more bottomless and epic." Seven months later, the same publication would declare Torche as the # 7 album of the year in its annual top 40.

Volt Direction

Volt Direction is utterly electric. And it's not just because of the innate chemistry between founding members John Herguth and Alicia Testa. Shoegaze and synth-pop influences make for an undeniably compelling sound, featuring ethereal vocals, atmospheric constructs, and dance beats with an inescapable gravity all their own. Once you enter the sonic world of Volt Direction, you won't be able to leave—simply because you will not want to.

John Herguth brings a wealth of experience as both a writing and performing musician from his time with acts like Atlantic/Pacific, House & Parish, Neil Halstead, and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) solo band. In Volt Direction, he finally has a place to demonstrate just how adept his hand is at sequencing, synths, and percussion. His translucent vocals, gently buried in the soundscape, are a gorgeous, visceral detail.
Hailing from acts like Microfossils, Wands, and Out Like Lambs, herself a veteran of the electro-dance scene, complementing member Alicia Testa is the essential other half of the duo. Injecting her own developed sensibility of keys, vocals, and percussion, her other-worldly aesthetic winds in and out of the immense landscapes created by Herguth, adding light and dimension.
Don't be fooled by the immense patterns of pulsing rhythms and celestial sound—there are no computers creating these dimensions. All sounds are the product of the painstaking directing of actual hardware instruments; no computers are involved in the making or performance of these songs. Surrounded by a spontaneously erected jungle of carefully selected instrumentation, Volt Direction's live performances captivate audiences who often find they are dancing before they consciously realize that they've gladly given into the sound. Rooms erupt feverishly, where before there was only a sea of mild skepticism.

Volt Direction has spent the summer of 2015 sharpening their knives. Playing with touring acts that have landed in their hometown of Asbury Park, NJ, as well as by invitation at parties for the dream-wave and electro-dance scene, they're also currently writing for debut LP. With plans to tour this spring behind the new release, the band is slated to only gain momentum from this point forward. Get plugged into Volt Direction.



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