Touché Amoré

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Touché Amoré
Highfield - Touche Amore.jpg
Jeremy Bolm performing with Touché Amoré at Highfield Festival 2014
Background information
Origin Burbank, California, U.S.
Genres Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore,[1] emo, hardcore punk, screamo
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels Deathwish, 6131, No Sleep
Associated acts Stricken, I Got Shot in the Face, Tip-Toe Charlies, Thriller, La Dispute, Make Do and Mend, The Casket Lottery, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Self Defense Family
  • Jeremy Bolm
  • Nick Steinhardt
  • Clayton Stevens
  • Elliot Babin
  • Tyler Kirby
Past members
  • Jeremy Zsupnik
  • Tyson White

Touché Amoré is an American post-hardcore band from Burbank, California that was formed in 2007. The band consists of vocalist Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, with Tyler Kirby on bass guitar and drummer Elliot Babin. They have released three studio albums and several EPs. They released ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse in 2009 and their second album Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me was released in 2011. On September 24, 2013, their third full length, Is Survived By, was released.

Touché Amoré are noted for their honest and confessional lyrics,[2] for fusing influences from Converge, Raein, La Quiete and Pg.99[3] and for being a part of screamo revival.[4][5] The band has also been credited as being a part of a self-proclaimed group of post-hardcore bands called "The Wave", with fellow post-hardcore bands Defeater, La Dispute, Make Do and Mend and Pianos Become the Teeth.[6] But Bolm considers The Wave as less specific and also includes bands Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Former Thieves and Into It. Over It.[2]


Formation and debut album (2007–2009)[edit]

The band released their debut 7" demo on No Sleep Records in September 2008.[7] After a few west coast tours, the band went back into the studio to record their full length entitled ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse. The album was recorded at Earth Capital studios in January 2009. The LP was released in June 2009 on both 6131 and Geoff Rickly of Thursday's Collect Records, both of whom were in a partnership in the release. The album was released only on LP format and Digital.[8] The album was met with generally positive reviews from critics including Sputnikmusic,[9],[10] and Alternative Press.[11] It also made its way onto multiple "Best Albums of 2009" lists.[12][13]

Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me (2010–2012)[edit]

Touché Amoré's second studio album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me was released on June 7, 2011 through independent record label Deathwish Inc. The band worked with producer and engineer Ed Rose at his Black Lodge Recording Studio in Eudora, Kansas.[14] Bolm considers the album lyrically to center around the deterioration of relationships and finding comfort in the distance from home while touring, also saying "it [the album] became relative to everything that was going on at that moment."[2] The album received praise from multiple reviewers, as well as being placed Number 6 on Rock Sound's annual "Album of the Year" chart at the end of 2011.[15] Immediate promotion for the album's release in Europe lead to being the main support band for La Dispute with Norwegian hardcore punk band Death Is Not Glamourous also supporting. The tour started July 27, 2011 and finishing August 12 and coincided with both La Dispute's and Touché Amoré's appearances at Hevy Festival in the United Kingdom and Ieperfest in Belgium.[16]

In December 2011, when American Nightmare did reunion shows Touché Amoré supported. Jeremy Bolm stated they only managed to get the support slot because they had the same booking agent. Bolm also spoke about just how much of an influence American Nightmare were on the band "American Nightmare were one of the first big influences we had when Touché Amoré started."[2]

Across late February and March 2012 Touché Amoré toured with Pianos Become the Teeth and British band Basement. The United Kingdom tour features Basement supporting Touché Amoré for half the tour while Pianos Become the Teeth supported the other half.[17] In between the headlined February and March date, the band support Rise Against and Architects in a European tour.[18] Touché Amoré performed a new song at live shows whilst touring Europe. The song was tentatively titled C Beat and is titled based on it being in a drop C tuning.[2] In May 2012 Touché Amoré recorded and a released a live extended play called Live on BBC Radio 1. The EP contains four recorded tracks and features Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute as guest vocals on one of the tracks.[5]

The band toured as support with Circa Survive in the Fall of 2012.

It has been announced that the band will be touring Europe and the UK with Converge (band) in November/December 2012.[19]

Is Survived By (2013–present)[edit]

On June 27, 2013 the band unveiled their album title and the September 24, 2013 release date. Is Survived By was released on Deathwish Inc. Produced by Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate, mewithoutYou, Smashing Pumpkins). Deathwish released the opening track of the album, "Just Exist," on July 30. They are currently managed by David "Beno" Benveniste's Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group.

A collaborative split with Self Defense Family, Self Love, was released in 2015 and contains songs that the two bands wrote and recorded together with producer Will Yip.



Studio albums[edit]


Music videos[edit]

  • "Home Away from Here" (2011)
  • "Pathfinder" (2011)
  • "Gravity, Metaphorically" (2013)[23]
  • "Harbor" (2013)

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • "Available" (originally by The National; compilation album A Comp for Mom) (2014, No Sleep Records)
  • "Lounge Act" (originally by Nirvana; tribute album Whatever Nevermind) (2015, Robotic Empire)


  1. ^ Kraus, Brian (June 22, 2014). "16 Modern Precursors of Melodic Hardcore". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 27, 2015. Before the likes of Defeater, Touché Amoré, the Ghost Inside, Counterparts, Being As An Ocean and many more became the new faces of melodic, emotional hardcore, there were upperclassmen who were setting the stage. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Emma Garland (April 26, 2012). "Alter The Press!: Interview: Touché Amoré". Alter The Press!. Buzz Media. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ben Patashnik (September 14, 2010). "Touche Amore / La Dispute Split – Hear It Here Now". Rock Sound. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gotich, Lars (August 17, 2011). "pg. 99: A Document Revisited". NPR. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Chris Epting (May 30, 2012). "Touché Amoré Singer Jeremy Bolm Discusses the Band's Upcoming 'Live on BBC Radio 1' EP (SONG PREMIERE)". Noise Creep. AOL Music. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stanley (September 10, 2010). "La Dispute Interview: Features: Caught In the Crossfire". Caught in the Crossfire. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "6131 Records teams up with Collect Records (Geoff Rickly from Thursday) to release Touche Amore LP,". Punk News. March 23, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Touche Amore – ...To The Beat of a Dead Horse (album review)". Sputnikmusic. December 1, 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  10. ^ "Touché Amoré – ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse [12-inch]". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  12. ^ "OverDefined – Best of 2009". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Brian – Best of 2009". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  14. ^ a b "Touche Amore to track Deathwish debut in Feb.". LambGoat. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Album of the Year Countdown: Number 6". Rock Sound. December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "La Dispute and Touche Amore plan UK shows". Rock Sound. April 15, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Touché Amoré Announce UK Dates". Rock Sound. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rise Against European tour". Rock Freaks. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Converge & Touche Amore Europe and UK TOUR – Winter 2012". WeReviewMusic. August 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ "To the Beat of a Dead Horse – Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  21. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 20, 2012). "No Sleep to release Touché Amoré/The Casket Lottery split". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ Beringer, Drew (March 19, 2013). "Touché Amoré/Title Fight Split Planned for RSD + Song Clips". AbsolutePunk. Buzz Media. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kraus, Brian (January 8, 2013). "Touché Amoré release video for 'Gravity, Metaphorically'". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 

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