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Sorry Penguin, sorry Cuttlefish—you’ll have to face the fact that Hammertorch may be the last great band to emerge from Murfreesboro’s waning rock revival. Falling somewhere between Ghostfinger’s instrumental virtuosity and Glossary’s Southern realist song-craft, the Torch’s 2007 EP, This Hammer Fell From The Sky, is filled with the boozy swagger and youthful energy that epitomized Bucket City’s formerly bustling music underground. Their live show is a rowdy, rockin’ affair—halfway between house party and honky-tonk—that would have been right at home during the halcyon days of the Red Rose Café.

Sean Maloney