Touché Amoré- Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me (2011)

Posted: March 22, 2012 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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If you haven’t heard of Touché Amoré by now, you might be living under a rock. Forming in 2007, the LA natives already have 2 LPs and several other releases under their belt. They’ve toured with bands like Envy and Pianos Become the Teeth, and have featured guest vocals by Thursday’s Geoff  Rickly and Modern Life is War’s Jeffrey Eaton on previous records. They have an early-era and unbastardized scream/post-hardcore sound, not unlike what was heard in the 90’s, only with more of a melodic hardcore flavor than a spazzy, more musically-interesting one (think Swing Kids, Antioch Arrow, or Orchid). Since their inception, they’ve gotten quite big, and signed with Deathwish Inc. in late 2010. Through Deathwish, they released their latest album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me.

The element that stands out to me the most about Touché Amoré, their shining trademark, is vocalist Jeremy Bolm’s lyrics, which continues on this record. The delivery is satisfactory, and his way with words is certainly unique. On the opening (and catchiest) track, “Tilde”, it goes from a very gently-strummed clean guitar intro into faster, more vibrant riffing, full of life and energy. Other stand-out tracks include “The Great Repetition”, “Condolences”, and the final track “Amends”. Most of the band’s style features mellow, “clean” parts juxtaposed by a more aggressive sound that draws influence from hardcore-punk. In its entirety, the album only clocks in at about 20 minutes with 13 tracks, with most songs not even grazing the 2-minute mark. It’s quite a short listen, but that’s to be expected, given the genre.

Rating: Touché Amoré is a fun band; they are great live act, and it’s nice to see some bands writing lyrics that are mildly interesting coming out of the hardcore community (though they’ve been tagged as being part of a sort of screamo-revival, which gives them too much credit). If you want a more musically-interesting post-hardcore ride, check out Pianos Become the Teeth, though for Touché Amoré to come out of the hardcore scene and play this kind of music is quite bold. As far as this album goes, however, it’s something I’d want to listen to only once every few weeks (which could be said for this band in general). Despite your feelings regarding the genre, you might just want to take interest in Bolm’s lyrics. 3/5 kegs.



– Anthony John Czerwinski

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