The Torches, “The Authority Of” LP
Hailing from Washington, DC, the Torches are a band that brings to mind another group of East Coasters — essentially, on The Authority of the Torches, they sound like a less-manic version of the World Inferno Friendship Society. Maybe a male-fronted Dresden Dolls?
Essentially, this is a folksy bit of gypsy music that — while punk-infused — is cabaret at its core. It’s also a little samey. The songs that stand out do so because they break from the album’s norm: the crazed shout-along of “Blood and Money” or when the clear vocals of Jill Palumbo manage to do just more than counterpoint Stephen Guidry‘s rasp on “Bourbon Street Row.”
All songs on The Authority Of could easily be immediately improved if the Torches removed a verse and a run-through of the chorus. The songs that work — mentioned above — do so because they hit, make their case, and go. If every track on the LP were like that, this would be a much tighter, and therefor enjoyable, record. As it is, it’s all right.
Worth noting is that the LP I received was on clear, and it’s like it was made out of crystal. It’s not some chintzy plastic-bottle, PET-looking piece of vinyl. This is astonishingly gorgeous in its plainness. You can buy the Torches’ newest LP from the Lujo Records store on either clear or black.
Listen to “Blood and Money” and “You, You Sucker” here.