Listening to TORCHES, there’s a certain nostalgia that seems to surround their guitar tones, casual melodies and driving percussion. Not to say that their sound is simply mimicking what’s come before, but the mixture has a timeless quality — this is a band playing clever, guitar-driven indie rock with intertwining guitar hooks, catchy harmonies and an undeniable understanding of how to bring the two together. The first single from their upcoming EP, “When You Gonna?”, is the perfect embodiment of that combination. Littered with electronic remnants and built upon a solid foundation of guitar layers, this short but driving track is a solid taste of what to expect from If The People Stare.
Hailing from Los Angeles, the band is celebrating the EP’s release on 5/6 with a show at The Echo. If you’re in town, be sure to check it out!