by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Touché Amoré has been quite the interesting band to follow over the past few years. Coming up around the same time as contemporaries like La Dispute, Balance & Composure, and Title Fight, the band released their wildly successful full-length Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me in 2011, which set Tumblr ablaze thanks to vocalist Jeremy Bolm’s uncanny ability to write the perfect hardcore one-liners to Photoshop over pictures of the band’s emotional, sweat-drenched live shows.
Despite the success Brightness has enjoyed, the buzz around Touché Amoré always seemed a little less potent than that of the likes of their aforementioned contemporaries. Sure, the album saw its fair share of success and grew the band’s fan base considerably, but the fear that the band may have already peaked was very real. However, recording with producer Brad Wood, the band set out to top their debut, and have succeeded in creating a follow-up that not only surpasses any of the band’s previous work, but completely shatters any and all perceptions to who this band is, and what they’re capable of.
Put simply, Touché Amoré’s time in the spotlight has come.
Despite releasing plenty of material in the form of EPs, 7-inches, and splits, …Is Survived By is just Touché Amoré’s third full-length, but from the opening drum hits on “Just Exist” to the calm, mellowed outro after the chaotic album-closing title track, they come off having the prowess and inventiveness of a band twice their age. Spanning from the chaotic (the aforementioned bookend tracks), to the melodic and barren (“Praise/Love”), the band’s musical scope has expanded considerably, thanks to the guitars provided by Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, which complement the pace of each track perfectly, and the ever-impactful drumming of Elliot Babin.
Touché Amoré recorded a Sonos Studio version of “Harbor.” Check it out below after the jump.
Touché Amoré will soon be announcing UK and Mainland European shows. Check out a message from the band below after the jump.