Torche: "Playing blues-based leads makes us feel weird - we're not into that!"

Torche guitarists Jonathan Nuñez [left] and Steve Brooks [right] (Image credit: Alvino Salcedo)

“We’ve had a few different guitar players come in. I look over there, and it’s Jon this time,” Torche vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks says - in his matter-of-fact way - about seeing founding bass player Jonathan Nuñez on the other side of a six-string whenever they hit the stage. 

Lineup changes are business as usual for the Miami-formed foursome, but Brooks admits this latest shift has led to the occasional memory lapse: “I’ve got to stop saying he’s my bass player.”

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.