It all started on spring 2014 when drummer Samuli, guitarists Lauri and Janne joined together with bassist Tero. Early years the band focused on creating proper chemistry and rehearsed together playing both covers and some own material. During the first two years the band name was “Dice”. First live performance was played on a private event in October 2014.
From the beginning it was obvious that the main focus of the band is to make our own music and have gigs. Having uncompromising attitude and professional touch, but without losing the fun of playing music together.
In 2015 we had the chance to play our first real live show in Cantina Gringo, Pori. After that it was time to record the first EP, which was released a bit delayed. In the same time Niko stepped in as singer-guitarist. Lauri had filled the vocal spot earlier, but he decided to concentrate on guitar playing.
On 2016 was the time to release the delayed EP. Before it the group decided that the name Dice was too over-used and it would be better to have name that does not give you gazillion findings on a search engine. So the name Blowtorch was found. The origin of the name was when the group saw a spaceship crossing Pori and the afterburner had a flame looking a blowtorch. In reality that is bull**it, but it would be better if the real details will remain secret.
Band started to have more gigs and recorded the second EP on autumn 2016 and released it on March 2017.
The year 2017 was the year of changes. First on February the original guitarist Janne left the band due to the lack of time and different ambitions. Band continued as four-piece, but on November Samuli told that he was quitting the band. Luckily the band found quite easily Juhis to replace him. In the same time the group was forced to move from Samuli-controlled rehearsal place to a new site closer to Pori centre. Then after hard practicing we had an opportunity to introduce our new drummer to an audience.
However on April 2018 original guitarist Lauri told the others that he was moving out of Pori and had to quit the band. That obviously shocked the others and then we decided to have a funeral for Blowtorch. The then-called last gig was held on April 2018 in Annis, a culture house in Pori. The backdrop was place into the coffin and transported out from stage.
Time flew by and we were training with another guitarist, Joonas and even played together live once (private event). But that was not going very well. We had chance to have three real gigs during this fall and started to think things over. Seemed obvious that Joonas was not the type of guy we needed so we decided to ask Eetu (from Juhis's other band) to become our new guitarist. After the first rehearsal we all agreed that this is it. The new guitarist was found.
Then we talked about the upcoming gigs and decided that it was the time to dig the grave open and hoist the backdrop again as Blowtorch.
So this is it. The worlds fastest comeback. After exact 180 days back on track!
On November we released our new single, Celebrate (my suicide)
Then 2019 we made new material and had some gigs, first time even outside Satakunta on Bar Rock bear at Vantaa. On summer 2019 we started recording our first album which was named to "Hangoverdose". After many difficulties and delays the album is ready to be released on 2020. After that we will try to have some gigs, hopefully outside of Pori too. But first we will have a release party at Annis, 29th of February 2020.
... To be continued