Two originals, two covers, and several minutes worth of riveting indie-punk catharsis. I’m talking of course about the new Split featuring Touché Amoré and The Casket Lottery. Both bands stepped up to the plate to satisfy fans until a new full-length drops (which for TCL is very, very soon).
For fans of the thrashier fare, Touche Amore’s two tracks don’t stray far from what you’re used to. The brand new track “Whale Belly” shows them developing an angrier approach or at least so it feels. The song rocks back and forth like a ship between furious drumming and Jeremy Bolm’s ferocious yell. The second offering, a cover of The Replacements‘ “Unsatisfied,” is a more structured piece, relying on a more surf-esque guitar tone and an alternating drum pattern to give the song a bouncier fiber. Ultimately it is satisfying in the sense that both tracks are an appetizer-sized portion of material for fans to munch on while they wait patiently for new TA, but for the time being they honored The Replacements in a confidently executed cover and intense new original.
Flipping to the other side of the coin, The Casket Lottery. As largely underrated as they are, they offer a stark contrast to their hardcore counterparts. The new track “White Lies” is a fun number with an avant-garde ready intro complete with a spacey guitar lead, driven by sterling silver vocals that drive the many hooks in the chorus. It feels a tad short but is still completely satisfying and shows their continuing progression. The real gem on their side though is their cover of Beach House’s “Myth.” To be covering a band much younger in age than they are is startling, but knowing they can pull it off gracefully is an impressive feat. The dream-pop track differs a modest amount from the former track, but it shows their flexibility as a band during the song’s beautiful transitions, in and out like a kaleidoscope.
Ultimately a solid release from both bands, it gives fans what they want and allows both Touche Amore and The Casket Lottery to experiment with new sounds and ideas – realistically a healthy relationship for an all-around happy music scene.