Torche (pronounced "torch") is a metal band out of Miami, Florida, headed by Steve Brooks, who previously fronted Floor. They are characterized by their unique blend of sludge/stoner metal with pop sensibilities. As Brooks says: "I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests."
I saw these guys open for Corrosion of Conformity this past summer and was blown away. By far the best act of the night. Their ability to write and combine both crushing riffs and catchy melodies makes each of their songs instantly infectious. In this way they are a perfect fit for Sasquatch; "sunny day metal," if you will. Live they are on a whole 'nother level...I would count Brooks among the best guitarists currently active in the American metal scene. And these guys are funny as fuck and like to have a good time, and it's evident in their stage presence.
I'm still under 30 and I give massive shits about Primus, especially with additional dimensions. Although a late-night set would be the 1000 island in my jeans, I see the Bigfoot closing set as more likely. I don't understand why this is a bad thing because it will happen at 9:00 or 10:00 when the sun has set, and there will be far less looky-lous if it happens during a headliner.
THANK you. I'm nineteen and Primus is still heavily relevant for any music fan with even the slightest interest in alternative rock/the bass guitar. At least in my experience.
As far as the lineup goes, in comparison to last year, there are more names that immedietely stand out to me as acts I want to see. Which means that post-research they'll just be so many bands I want to see it's not even funny. Headliners are questionable, which everybody seems to agree with. Definitely safe bets, but I think one of Sasquatch's most consistent perks (especially in recent years) is its broad appeal, and I think they achieved that.
Anyone who's seen a post from me knows that I've been carrying a torche (sorry, couldn't resist) for heavier acts and more hip hop this year, so in that respect I'm immensely pleased.
1. Sigur Ros 2. Primus 3. Danny Brown 4. Vampire Weekend 5. Earl Sweatshirt 6. Death Grips 6. El-P/Killer Mike (performing back to back, I would hope) 7. Red Fang 8. Torche 9. Tame Impala 10. Devendra Banhart
Honorable Mentions: Grimes, Azaelia Banks, Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Tallest Man on Earth, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, Japandroids