In 2019, the duo meet Dutch drummer Andries Hannaart. It’s love at first sight – a lightning bolt that falls on the drums, perfectly complementing a voice that chants, murmurs and spits, noisy guitar riffs, bordering on punk, powerful and bewitching bass lines and deep cosmic soundscapes.
Founded in 2016 in the Swiss city of Lausanne, Torpedo was originally Carole Obère, on vocals and guitar, Jérôme Diserens on bass and keyboard, and machines as only companions. The group drew its energy from its beginnings in an industrial, post-apocalyptic and rough universe approaching no-wave and kraut with a touch of punk, while clinging to the force of wild nature carrier of hope.
Fittingly, when conceiving their first album in 2018, the duo escaped from their urban and oppressive environment to hide in a small house on the Irish west coast. It was there, facing the Atlantic Ocean, to the sounds of the crashing waves and the wind whistling through the windows of a house haunted by – undoubtedly – tortured spirits, that Torpedo recorded their first album Sphynx – resounding with echoes of Sonic Youth, Siouxsie & the Banshees and hints of grunge.
Having become a trio, Torpedo has found the perfect balance. This is perhaps what prompted the group to record their second LP live (vocals, guitar, bass and drums) in early 2020. taking refuge in their locked-down location, in a newly confined world. This absurd external environment becomes fertile ground for the development of a powerful and saving work. Entitled Orpheo_ Nebula, the rock ‘n’ roll, noise and industrial piece built around six poetic texts, including our featured video, ‘HELL’, crowns an ultra-coherent artistic path. A sincere approach that grips the gut with each play, transforming the listening experience into a shamanic, introspective and overwhelming adventure.