Touques

Touques

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We're an indie post-punk rock band blending dark Gothic-noise and Beatles-esque pop melodies.

Biography

THE TOUQUES
(Verbally expressed as: “The Two-ks”)

The Touques started when college friends Julian Chang and Christian Laursen moved from Canada to work for the same company in the USA. They met Michael Livernash by putting up posters at The University of Reno Nevada in 2005.

The three jammed with various local musicians for a year and decided to record an album. Mike’s friends suggested trying out The Hangar Studios in Sacramento, California. In 2007, the indie/pop record “Mustard Pickle Gun” was released. Unfortunately, from working, living and playing in the band together, various disagreements brewed between Julian and Christian. As the result, Christian quit the band and moved back to the East Coast.

Shortly after, through some strange circumstances, Julian and Mike met Jordan Morrison. Jordan added a darker and more abrasive element to the Touques. This was apparent on their second album, "Invader", released the following year. Amidst the countless practice sessions, the trio finally found a way to blend noise-Goth with Beatles influenced pop. Meanwhile, Mike struggled with scheduling time to play in a band, take classes and work for an art studio. Finally, in 2009, he decided to leave the band to concentrate on his art degree.

Through a friend’s friend, the band met Elliott Olson. With his steady driving beats, Elliott managed to keep the Touques’ rhythm section strong. Combined with the developed cohesiveness of Julian and Jordan’s songwriting, Elliott helped to create a new set of tunes for the Touques. Some 4-track demo recordings were made before the three went to record their self-titled EP at The Lion’s Den in Sacramento. The band plans to tour as much as they can before heading to Montreal, Québec to record their full-length album in 2010.

Shows:

01/20/2006 – Walden’s Coffeehouse – Reno, NV
02/24/2006 – Club Underground with Love's Proxy – Reno, NV
03/04/2006 – Fritz's Bar and Grill with Think in French – Reno, NV
05/06/2006 – Walden's Coffee House – Reno, NV
05/13/2006 – Zephyr Bar with Drinking with Clowns – Reno, NV
05/19/2006 – The Hacienda with Love's Proxy, – Reno, NV
06/18/2006 – Walden's Coffee House – Reno, NV
07/11/2006 – Satellite Cocktail Lounge – Reno, NV
08/05/2006 – Donner Summit Lounge – Donner Summit, CA
08/12/2006 – Fritz's Bar and Grill with The Metroids – Reno, NV
08/19/2006 – Walden's Coffeehouse – Reno, NV
08/26/2006 – XOXO Bar – Reno, NV
08/30/2006 – Record Street Café – Reno, NV
09/09/2006 – Club Underground with The Copied Copied & Gabriel Traverso – Reno, NV
09/14/2006 – The Hacienda – Reno, NV
09/16/2006 – Donner Summit Lounge - Donner Summit, CA
10/07/2006 – Club Underground with The Sunjul and Humble B – Reno, NV
10/21/2006 – Zephyr Bar with Gabriel Traverso – Reno, NV
10/28/2006 – Tahoe Underground - Stateline, CA
11/16/2006 – XOXO Bar Mister Vague and Meric Long (The Dodos)– Reno, NV
12/15/2006 – Club Underground with The Sunjul – Reno, NV
01/19/2007 – XOXO Bar with The Good Citizen and The Sunjul – Reno, NV
02/02/2007 – Zenbu with With Love's Proxy and Silver Griffin – Squaw Valley, CA
02/24/2007 – Club Underground – Reno, NV
03/09/2007 – Club Underground with Humble B and The Good Citizen – Reno, NV
03/31/2007 – Satellite Cocktail Lounge with Buster Blue and The Good Citizen – Reno, NV
05/11/2007 – Se7en – Reno, NV
08/03/2007 – The Loose Moose with Silver Griffin and Love's Proxy – Reno, NV
08/15/2007 – Open Ground Skatepark – Reno, NV
09/14/2007 – XOXO Bar with The Copied Copied – Reno, NV
09/29/2007 – The Green Room with Xenophobes – Reno, NV
10/13/2007 – Se7en – Reno, NV
10/13/2007 – Rocktoberfest – Reno, NV
10/23/2007 – Satellite Cocktail Lounge with My Messenger and Point Juncture WA– Reno, NV
10/28/2007 – KRZQ 100.9 FM Unplugged – Reno, NV
11/03/2007 – Comma Coffee with Coolhands and The Sunjul – Carson City, NV
12/29/2007 – Satellite Cocktail Lounge with Name Followed By Number and Think in French – Reno, NV
01/05/2008 – XOXO Bar – Reno, NV
02/06/2008 – KTHX 100.1 FM Unplugged – Reno, NV
02/07/2008 – Nevada Museum of Art – Reno, NV
05/10/2008 – Fil Fest @ Fritz’s – Reno, NV
05/23/2008 – House of Shields – San Francisco, CA
05/24/2008 – Grant & Green – San Francisco, CA
05/25/2008 – Mama Buzz Café with Foxtails Brigade and No School Fridays – Oakland, CA
05/28/2008 – Johnny B’s – Medford, OR
05/29/2008 – Tiny Tavern – Eugene, OR
05/30/2008 – Red and Black Café – Portland, OR
05/31/2008 – King Street Bar & Oven with Delta Blues and Spirituals – Seattle, WA
06/01/2008 – Café Venus / The Mars Bar with Gunbunny – Seattle, WA
06/03/2008 – The Royal with Paul Mauer and The Nextdoor Neighbors – Olympia, WA
06/14/2008 – Reflections – Reno, NV
06/21/2008 – Satellite Cocktail Lounge with Finn Riggins and Saint Lawrence – Reno, NV
09/18/2008 – Se7en – Reno, NV
10/14/2008 – Vixen with Mathematicians – Sparks, NV
11/08/2008 – Abby’s Highway 40 – Reno, NV
01/07/2009 – Red Rock w

Discography

Mustard Pickle Gun - 16 song CDLP – released September 2007
Lycanthrope EP - 4 Song CDEP - released February 2008
Invader - 10 Song CDLP - released September 2008
The Touques EP – 4 Song CDEP – released September 2009

Set List

1. TASTY
2. HRPM
3. GREAT OCEAN EXPLORER
4. GOODBYE MONSIUER
5. 4
6. ROY STAMPLER
7. REBEL NO GUN
8. HORNS FOR HORNS
9. MADISON AVENUE
10. ISOLATION