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 Warm Thoughts, Wife, Hesitation Wounds, Entry, Deadhead 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 melodic 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.


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

The band released their debut 7" demo on No Sleep Records in September 2008.[2] 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.[3] The album was met with generally positive reviews from critics including Sputnikmusic,[4],[5] and Alternative Press.[6] It also made its way onto multiple "Best Albums of 2009" lists.[7][8]

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.[9] 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."[10] 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.[11] 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, Fluff fest in Czech Republic and Ieperfest in Belgium.[12]

Across late February and March 2012 Touché Amoré toured with Pianos Become the Teeth and Basement. The United Kingdom tour features Basement supporting Touché Amoré for half the tour while Pianos Become the Teeth supported the other half.[13] In between the headlined February and March date, the band support Rise Against and Architects in a European tour.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

Is Survived By (2013–present)[edit]

After returning home from their first tour of Japan with Loma Prieta, the band hit the studio to record a new album in Los Angeles, CA at the Seagrass Studio with producer Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate, mewithoutYou, Smashing Pumpkins).

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. The opening track of the album, "Just Exist," on premiered July 30.

The first tour on the new album was a direct support slot for AFI followed by a European headlining tour with Self Defense Family and Dad Punchers (now Warm Thoughts). While in Europe the band recorded a second BBC Live on Radio 1 session featuring three songs from Is Survived By and "Gravity, Metaphorically" from the Pianos Become the Teeth split 7". The recording was released as "Live on BBC Radio 1 Vol 2" on 7" September 2014 on Deathwish Inc.

In 2014 the band toured the USA co-headlining with mewithoutYou. Performed at SXSW 2014. Returned to Europe with Birds in Row supporting. Headlined a Summer US tour with Tigers Jaw and Dads in support. Returned to Europe / UK to perform at Reading / Leeds festivals as well as Pukkelpop in Belgium. The band played Russia for the first time in August. In the Fall of 2014 the band did one final US tour in support of Is Survived By with Rise Against. They returned to Japan to tour with ENVY in October then finished out the year at The Fest in Gainesville, FL on Halloween Night.

In 2015 the band did limited touring but returned to Australia with Every Time I Die then toured Europe with Loma Prieta, Dangers, and Newmoon after performing at the 2015 Coachella Festival.

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)
  • "Gravity, Metaphorically" (2013)[20]
  • "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. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Touche Amore – ...To The Beat of a Dead Horse (album review)". Sputnikmusic. December 1, 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Touché Amoré – ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse [12-inch]". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  7. ^ "OverDefined – Best of 2009". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Brian – Best of 2009". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Touche Amore to track Deathwish debut in Feb.". LambGoat. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ Emma Garland (April 26, 2012). "Alter The Press!: Interview: Touché Amoré". Alter The Press!. Buzz Media. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Album of the Year Countdown: Number 6". Rock Sound. December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ "La Dispute and Touche Amore plan UK shows". Rock Sound. April 15, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Touché Amoré Announce UK Dates". Rock Sound. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rise Against European tour". Rock Freaks. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "Converge & Touche Amore Europe and UK TOUR – Winter 2012". WeReviewMusic. August 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "To the Beat of a Dead Horse – Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  18. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 20, 2012). "No Sleep to release Touché Amoré/The Casket Lottery split". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ Beringer, Drew (March 19, 2013). "Touché Amoré/Title Fight Split Planned for RSD + Song Clips". AbsolutePunk. Buzz Media. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ Kraus, Brian (January 8, 2013). "Touché Amoré release video for 'Gravity, Metaphorically'". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 

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