Capturing what Torche projects live is something guitarist Jonathan Nuñez wanted to convey on an album.
The metal band’s new album, “Admission,” does just that.
“I was very, like, kind of meticulous, like, wanting it to take you on a journey, where I feel the previous record was more of a consistent vibe and tone throughout,” Nuñez said. “For me, I wanted to hit a target where with the new record it captured what we had been doing live with our sets for years, which was, like, getting different songs from different releases and making it so when you’re at the show it kicks in and you’re energetic and it keeps that energy going.”
“Admission” is a collection of ideas that represent each band member.
“It’s a record where a lot of our personalities really come through, and there were some great collaborations, and everyone brought forth numerous ideas, and again, we just compiled what felt right and what really spoke to us in terms of what is a cohesive record,” Nuñez said.
It was important for Nuñez to captivate audience members so they would want to invest in the album.
“To me, it needed to really be the type of record where you see a band live, you’re excited, you pick up the record,” he said. “You go put it on, whether it’s CD or vinyl or even just streaming – honestly, nowadays, most people are streaming, and you can re-create that feeling you had. And it may be harsh sonically, and you just turn it up and it shouldn’t fall apart like a lot of modern recordings, which is a shame. I felt like I wanted to make something as you turn it up it doesn’t fatigue your ears but it sonically engulfs the listening space.”
Observing the audience reaction is something Nuñez finds pleasure in, whether it’s a fan who has attended numerous Torche shows or a first-timer.
“It’s cool to see how people are acknowledging and really enjoying the fact that the band is progressing and growing,” he said. “And sonically, it’s hitting harder than ever. The live sets are pretty much right off the new record, and there’s been a lot of excitement around it, so we’re stoked at the response live. … It’s been very gratifying, because this is, like, you’re enjoying the fruit of your labor from the point of, like, writing, recording, mixing, mastering, the artwork, waiting for it to be released, releasing the singles and then the album comes out and then you go on tour. It’s all really worked out, and it’s built in this upward stride that really makes it all worthwhile.”