Touché Amoré

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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,[1][2][3] melodic hardcore,[4] screamo,[3] emo
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels Epitaph, Deathwish, 6131, No Sleep
Associated acts Dad Punchers/Warm Thoughts, Hesitation Wounds
Website toucheamore.com
Members
  • 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, formed in 2007. The band consists of vocalist Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin. Alongside several EPs, they have released three studio albums: ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse in 2009, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me in 2011 and Is Survived By in 2013. Their latest album Stage Four is scheduled for release on September 16, 2016 via Epitaph Records

History[edit]

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

The band released their debut 7" demo on No Sleep Records in September 2008.[5] 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.[6] The album was met with generally positive reviews from critics including Sputnikmusic,[7] Punknews.org,[8] and Alternative Press.[9] It also made its way onto multiple "Best Albums of 2009" lists.[10][11]

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.[12] 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."[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] In between the headlined February and March date, the band support Rise Against and Architects in a European tour.[17] 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.[18]

The band toured in support of Circa Survive in late 2012.

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

Is Survived By (2013–2015)[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.

Stage Four (2016–present)[edit]

Touché Amoré will release its fourth studio album and Epitaph Records debut titled Stage Four on September 16, 2016.[20] The title of the album takes on a double meaning, hinting at both the fact it's the band's fourth full-length album and also the highest level of cancer staging—a reference to the fact that Bolm's mother died of cancer in 2014.[21] Coinciding with the album's announcement in June 2016, the band released the track "Palm Dreams" for online streaming.[21] The track is about Bolm realizing he will never fully understand why his mom moved to California in the 1970s. He elaborated: "I assume that because she was from a small town, her eyes were wide with the concept of Hollywood. I'm sure someone else in my family could tell me, but it wouldn't be her answer. If this song inspires anyone to ask the questions they've never asked their loved ones, I'd call it a success."[21]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Home Away from Here" (2011)
  • "Gravity, Metaphorically" (2013)[25]
  • "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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chemotti, Lucas (August 15, 2013). "Touche Amore Tell Us Why They'll Never Play Warped Tour". OC Weekly. Retrieved April 8, 2016. Touche Amore is a post-hardcore band that is changing what it means and sounds like to be a punk band, combing elements of '90s screamo and post-hardcore with an intense work ethic and never-ending tour schedule. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Ian (December 30, 2014). "The Year In Post-Hardcore: Has the New Wave Crested?". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 15, 2016. [the] so-called ["New Wave of Post-Hardcore"] were some of the most exciting bands going; Touché Amoré, La Dispute, Defeater, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Make Do and Mend were considered the core... 
  3. ^ a b "Touche Amore Interview". Blow the Scene. October 22, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2016. …To The Beat of a Dead Horse…is solid contribution to the West Coast punk and hardcore scene as Touche Amore transcend several subgenres, ranging from screamo to post-hardcore. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Touche Amore – ...To The Beat of a Dead Horse (album review)". Sputnikmusic. December 1, 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Touché Amoré – ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse [12-inch]". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  10. ^ "OverDefined – Best of 2009". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Brian – Best of 2009". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  12. ^ a b "Touche Amore to track Deathwish debut in Feb.". LambGoat. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ Emma Garland (April 26, 2012). "Alter The Press!: Interview: Touché Amoré". Alter The Press!. Buzz Media. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Album of the Year Countdown: Number 6". Rock Sound. December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ "La Dispute and Touche Amore plan UK shows". Rock Sound. April 15, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Touché Amoré Announce UK Dates". Rock Sound. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rise Against European tour". Rock Freaks. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Converge & Touche Amore Europe and UK TOUR – Winter 2012". WeReviewMusic. August 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ Morales, Christine (June 20, 2016). "Touché Amoré Announce New Album on Epitaph" (Press release). Epitaph Records. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c Gotrich, Lars (June 20, 2016). "Viking's Choice: Touché Amoré, 'Palm Dreams'". NPR. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ "To the Beat of a Dead Horse – Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 20, 2012). "No Sleep to release Touché Amoré/The Casket Lottery split". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  24. ^ Beringer, Drew (March 19, 2013). "Touché Amoré/Title Fight Split Planned for RSD + Song Clips". AbsolutePunk. Buzz Media. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  25. ^ Kraus, Brian (January 8, 2013). "Touché Amoré release video for 'Gravity, Metaphorically'". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 

External links[edit]