Few and far between are the bands that manage to successfully transcend multiple genres of music. Touche Amore’s amalgamated mash of the hardcore punk ethos and old-school screamo* sensibilities have seen them gain a sizable following in the underground scene.
The band’s self-titled demo/7″ showcased what they had to offer, with their youthful, hot-blooded rage grabbing listeners by the hair and making them take notice. The band’s eagerly anticipated debut LP, …To the Beat of a Dead Horse, was an exercise in outright belligerence and complete catharsis.
… To the Beat of a Dead Horse epitomized forward thinking hardcore, as the band spliced in screamo influences a la pg. 99, as vocalist/lyricist Jeremy Bolm’s barbed, uneven yelps barreled along in stark contrast to the band’s usage of jangling guitar riffs. Touche Amore proved that being ‘heavy’ did not necessitate the inclusion of endlessly distorted riffs and in the process, provided one of the more creatively chaotic albums of 2009.
Fast forward two years, and Touche Amore have debuted “Tilde”, the first track off their sophomore album, “Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me”. After being drip fed with new songs through the band’s respective split EPs with Make Do And Mend and La Dispute, fans were more than stoked to finally listen to some full-length material – to date, the newly released song has already accumulated some 16000 plays.
The song begins sedately, with a few simple chord changes and a strangely subdued melody before fading to some light strokes on the hi-hat. That, however, is as mellow as the song gets and before you know it, Pandora’s (musical) box gets smashed open and out bursts forth the frantic, almost manic guitar work from guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt. Drummer Elliot Babin seems intent on destroying his drum kit before the song ends, as he lays into his kit relentlessly.
However, it is only when Bolm yells out the first lines of, “I’m parting the sea between brightness and me,” that listeners will truly feel the raw emotion and energy emanating from the collective efforts of the entire band. Bolm’s voice is clearer and more consistent on “Tilde” as compared to the band’s previous releases. Far from being a disservice to the band, it actually adds to the music because Bolm’s lyrics are intelligent, poetic and very much a delight to listen to.
His lyrics are poetic along the lines of La Dispute, albeit far less dramatic and more forceful, a prime example being the song’s closing line of, “If actions speak louder than words/ I’m the most deafening noise you’ve heard/ I’ll be the ringing in your ears/ That will stick around for years.” The song is remarkably memorable, catchy and is sure to appease fans until the album is release in June.
In fact, the only criticism I have of the song is that its relatively short runtime of one minute and twenty-nine seconds is far too short, leaving listeners craving for more. But then again, that isn’t a bad thing, is it? It’s hard to dislike a band that has been touted as having immense potential AND actually fulfilled that early promise… and then some. That’s Touche Amore in no uncertain terms and you know what, if there’s going to be any sound ringing in my ears (ooh, lyric reference), it would be my honour to have Touche Amore as long-term guests. Roll on June 7th 2011, I’ll be waiting.
You can check out the song here – http://soundcloud.com/deathwishinc/touche-amore-tilde
*For clueless readers, screamo does not refer to Attack Attack! or Asking Alexandria. For examples of old school, real screamo go check out Funeral Diner, Saetia, Off Minor, City of Caterpillar and Hot Cross.