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 and aims for a record release in spring 2018.