The Torch light up Hanley’s music scene with Sugarmill gig


Rising band The Torch are setting the local scene alight with their sheer talent and mature rock music.

Having only been together for a year, the Stoke-on-Trent-based Indie rock trio have risen through the ranks and are on their way to their first headline show at Hanley’s renowned venue The Sugarmill – no mean feat.

Singer and guitarist Owen Hodgkinson, aged 17, bassist Aaron Roden, 18, and drummer Oliver Wright, 18, first got together in February of last year.

Owen said: “We were a young group of musicians who found each other at the right time who needed an outlet for our creativity.

“There’s been a few line-up changes since that time but the band is still as strong as ever, and we hope we can prove that to everyone.”

Getting the opportunity to headline The Sugarmill is huge for a band in their infancy, but The Torch are excited about the upcoming gig.

“We’re thrilled to be headlining such a huge venue,” said Owen.

“It’s an iconic venue that every band should want to play at so it’s a great feeling knowing we’ve been given the opportunity.”

Owen divulged what the fans can expect from their headlining show:

“The fans can expect a lot of energy from the band.

“The music in itself had its roots in garage rock revival and punk mainly but with its own idiosyncratic traits mixed in, which make us distinctive in our genre of music. We hope the fans enjoy this night as much as we will.”

The Torch

Stoke-on-Trent is currently notorious for its musical prowess and there are bands itching to break through from the underground and into the mainstream.

Being in that position himself, Owen opens up about the city’s current roster and the future of the scene:

“I think there is a lot of talent in Stoke that goes unnoticed.

“Bands have been coming through from here for years who I believe deserved recognition on a much wider scale.

“If the music industry began to recognise Stoke as a great producer of musical talent then our city’s bands could go far, but we will have to wait and see.”

Already this year has proved to be a busy one for The Torch. They have been writing and refining their songs, in preparation for The Sugarmill show and the rest of the year.

“We expect 2016 to be a year of maturity for our band, gradually becoming more stable, playing out of the area much more and finalising our many new songs.

“If all goes well, we believe we should start to get wider recognition sooner or later this year, as our hard work deserves to finally pay off.”

Tickets for The Torch’s Sugarmill show on Saturday 19th March can be purchased here.

For more information about The Torch, check out their Facebook page.


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