Is Survived By

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Is Survived By
Is Survived By.jpg
Studio album by Touché Amoré
Released September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Genre Post-hardcore, screamo, emo, melodic hardcore
Length 29:05
Label Deathwish (DW151)
Producer Brad Wood
Touché Amoré chronology
Touché Amoré / Title Fight
(2013)Touché Amoré / Title Fight2013
Is Survived By
(2013)
Stage Four
(2016)Stage Four2016
Singles from Is Survived By
  1. "Just Exist"
    Released: July 30, 2013

Is Survived By is the third studio album by American post-hardcore band Touché Amoré. The album was released on September 24, 2013 through Deathwish.[1] The full track listing and artwork was revealed on July 17, 2013.[2] The album's first single, "Just Exist", was released on July 30, 2013.,[3] and a music video for the song Harbor was released on September 25 the same year. It was produced by Brad Wood and feature guest vocal appearances by Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure, and Julia Blake of synth-pop band Vow.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Absolute Punk 98%[6]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[7]
The A.V. Club A-[8]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[9]
Exclaim! 9/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 8/10[11]
Popmatters 8/10 stars[12]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic 4.1/5[14]

On its release, Is Survived By received favorable reviews from music critics, with a 87/100 from review aggregate metacritic indicating universal acclaim. Citing the album's mature and personal lyric and vocalist Jeremy Bolm performance as the album highlights, it also received praise for the more mature ambitious approach to the bands songwriting, noting the expanding song lengths and musical variation as a sign of Touché Amorés growth as musicians.

Writing for Alternative Press, Scott Heisel wrote that "Is Survived By feels claustrophobic in the best way possible", and that "These breakdowns aren't musical; they're psychological.".[7] David Anthony of the AV Club noting the band's musical evolution "Is Survived By is a transitory record for Touché Amoré, but it doesn’t suffer from this designation. As the band inches toward hardcore’s ceiling, it’s not abandoning the style. Rather, it’s merely embracing the malleable aspects"[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just Exist" – 2:17
  2. "To Write Content" – 2:57
  3. "Praise / Love" – 1:01
  4. "Anyone / Anything" – 2:39
  5. "DNA" – 2:08
  6. "Harbor" – 3:04
  7. "Kerosene" – 1:42
  8. "Blue Angels" – 1:31
  9. "Social Caterpillar" – 3:03
  10. "Non Fiction" – 3:05
  11. "Steps" – 2:38
  12. "Is Survived By" – 3:30

Personnel[edit]

Is Survived By personnel adapted from liner notes.[16]

Touché Amoré

  • Elliot Babin – drums, piano
  • Jeremy Bolm – vocals
  • Tyler Kirby – bass, vocals
  • Nick Steinhardt – guitar
  • Clayton Stevens – guitar

Guest musicians

  • Julia Blake (Vow) – additional vocals on "Blue Angels"
  • Jon Simmons (Balance and Composure) – additional vocals on "Steps"

Production

  • Brad Wood – production, engineering, mixing
  • Hans DeKline – mastering

Artwork

  • Nick Steinhardt – art direction, design
  • Ryan Aylsworth – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Touché Amoré announce new album, ‘Is Survived By’". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  2. ^ "IS SURVIVED BY - OFFICIAL COVER ART & TRACKLIST". Touché Amoré. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Touche Amore stream new song, "Just Exist"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Is Survived By Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Collar, Matt (September 24, 2013). "Is Survived By - Touche Amore : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Beringer, Drew (September 24, 2013). "Absolute Punk review". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Heisel, Scott (September 17, 2013). "Touché Amoré - Is Survived By". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anthony, David (September 24, 2013). "The AV Club review". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ T. Sharpe, Christopher (September 25, 2013). "Album Review: Touche Amore - Is Survived By". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Zorgdrager, Bradley (September 20, 2013). "Exclaim review". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Cohen, Ian (October 4, 2013). "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ezell, Brice (November 27, 2013). "Touché Amoré: Is Survived By". Popmatters. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Watson, Ross (September 11, 2013). "Touché Amoré – Is Survived By". The Skinny. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ Hanson, John (September 18, 2013). "Review: Touche Amore - Is Survived By". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/touche-amore-iis-survived-byi-103241
  16. ^ Is Survived by (Media notes). Touché Amoré. Deathwish Inc. 2013. CD booklet. DW151.