who are we?


Carrying Torches was born just south of Chicago where suburban life meets farm country. The roots were seeded when singer/guitarist Justin Daniel of Dischord combined musical efforts with Jon Paul Gray from former pop punk group, Pilgrims. Mike Bass, punk metal bassist from The Unlawful joined the duo along with lead guitarist, Alex Jaskula. Later, Misty Okroi, formerly associated with Lighttribe was brought in on synthesizer. Carrying Torches released their six song EP "Ace of Wands" on May 19, 2017. "Sinking" was released as a single along with music video on May 1, 2017 followed by "Wishing Well" on May 29, 2017. "Trust Me Now" was released with a video on August 7, 2017. In September 2017, Carrying Torches was elected as Chicago's rising artist of the month by "The Deli" magazine.  The band is a unique blend of dark pop, alternative, electronica, indie and heartland rock. Carrying Torches entered the studio in November 2017.  The project also won first place in a Kankakee sponsored “Battle of the Bands-Winter Edition” to benefit the Anthony Rizzo foundation. Mike Bass left the project in March 2018, and the band is currently featuring Brennen Chouinard, formerly of Vaudevileins, Plains and Poundcake, on bass. “STRANGERS” EP was released on June 15, 2018, it was recorded at Comatose Studios and produced by Michael McGinnis. “Holding Back” was released on June 11, 2018 as the first single and video from “STRANGERS”. On November 9, 2018 “My Fav Part” was released as the second single from the EP along with video. On January 7, 2019 it was announced that the band received an award for best song “Strangers” from the STRANGERS EP, in the Kankakee Area Music Awards, which will be held April 19, 2019. The band is currently busy working on writing their third record and playing shows throughout the Midwest.