Los Angeles post-hardcore quintet Touché Amoré tap into a ferociously effective sound: mournful atmosphere, plodding rhythms, angsty screams, and very direct lyrics. Frontman Jeremy Bolm proudly wears heart-on-sleeve like the screamo greats before him, while his band matches his mood or otherwise moves in the opposite direction. Take "Harbor," for instance, from the group's third album, Is Survived By.
To start, the guitar, bass, and drums sound beamed in from a Godspeed You! Black Emperor record. But as Bolm burns his throat in the quest "to have direction, to feel complete," the pacing picks up and the song sounds triumphant. Hints of Cursive, Converge, Pg. 99, and At the Drive-In emerge in the process, as we hear what amounts to a damn romantic perspective writ large via screech and shred.
As for the Ryan Sanders-directed video above, it's a simple but effective setup: the band in front of an unadorned wall, and the entire scene hit with well-curated projections. Underwater scenes, billowing smoke, sparks, naked bodies, cityscapes, the moon, and more accompany Touché Amoré as they deliver the goods. Witness them repeat the feat on the road (dates below). Is Survived By arrives today, September 24, via Deathwish Inc.
Touché Amoré, Is Survived By track list:
1. "Just Exist"
2. "To Write Content'
3. "Praise / Love"
4. "Anyone / Anything"
8. "Blue Angels"
9. "Social Caterpillar"
10. "Non Fiction"
12. "Is Survived By"
Touché Amoré tour dates:
September 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
October 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
October 4 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's (w/MLIW)
October 5 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
October 7 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub*
October 8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
October 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent
October 10 - New York City, NY @ Webster Hall*
October 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts*
October 12 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
October 13 - Oneonta, NY @ Hunt Union Waterfront
October 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo*
October 15 - Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts*
October 17 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live*
October 18 - Austin, TX @ ACL (The Mohawk)*
October 20 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre*
October 22 - Los Angeles @ Fonda*
October 23 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
October 25 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater*
October 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
October 27 - Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St.
October 28 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst*
October 29 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory*
October 30 - Arcata, CA @ Humboldt University
October 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre*
November 1 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market*
November 2 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*