Touché Amoré

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Touché Amoré
Highfield - Touche Amore.jpg
Jeremy Bolm performing with Touché Amoré at Highfield Festival 2014
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2007 (2007)–present
Associated actsDad Punchers/Warm Thoughts, Hesitation Wounds, Entry
MembersJeremy Bolm
Nick Steinhardt
Clayton Stevens
Elliot Babin
Tyler Kirby
Past membersJeremy Zsupnik
Tyson White

Touché Amoré is an American post-hardcore band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. The band consists of vocalist Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin. Among other releases, they have released five studio albums: ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse in 2009, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me in 2011, Is Survived By in 2013, Stage Four in 2016, and Dead Horse X in August 2019. The last album is a complete re-recording of the first.


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."[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] In between the headlined February and March date, the band support Rise Against and Architects in a European tour.[19] 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.[20]

The band toured in support of Circa Survive in late 2012, and toured Europe and the UK with Converge in November/December 2012.[21]

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 (2016–2018)[edit]

Touché Amoré released their fourth studio album and Epitaph Records debut titled Stage Four on September 16, 2016.[22] 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.[23] Coinciding with the album's announcement in June 2016, the band released the track "Palm Dreams" for online streaming.[23] 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."[23]

After releasing Stage Four, the band spent the next several months touring and playing festivals to help promote their new album, which included shows with Balance and Composure and Hum, a U.S. Tour with Tiny Moving Parts and Culture Abuse, and festival performances at Sound on Sound Fest in Austin and The Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta. On October 5, the band announced that they will be doing a U.K./European tour with Angel Du$t in early 2017. The band went on a US tour with Thursday and Basement in spring of 2017.[24]

On April 19th, 2018, the band released a new single titled "Green", via Epitaph Records.[25]

Dead Horse X (2019–present)[edit]

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album, ...To The Beat Of A Dead Horse, the band re-recorded the entirety of the record and released it on August 9, 2019 under the name of Dead Horse X.[26]



Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


...To the Beat of a Dead Horse
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Label: 6131
Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Is Survived By
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Deathwish
Stage Four
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Epitaph
Dead Horse X
  • Released: August 9, 2019
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Notes: Complete re-recording of ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse

Live albums[edit]

  • 10 Years / 1000 Shows: Live at the Regent Theater (2018)

Extended plays and splits[edit]

Live EPs[edit]

  • Live at WERS (2010, Condolences)
  • Live on BBC Radio 1 (2012, Deathwish)
  • Live on BBC Radio 1: Vol 2 (2014, Deathwish)
  • Live on BBC Radio 1: Vol 3 (2017, Epitaph)


  • "Gravity, Metaphorically" (2013)
  • "Condolences"/"Available Flexi" (2015)
  • "Green" (2018)
  • "Deflector" (2019)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Home Away from Here" (2011)
  • "Gravity, Metaphorically" (2013)[30]
  • "Harbor" (2013)
  • "Palm Dreams" (2016)
  • "Skyscraper" (2016)
  • "Benediction" (2017)
  • "Green" (2018)

Compilation contributions[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 emocore band that is changing what it means and sounds like to be a punk band, combining 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... Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  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 sub genres [sic], ranging from screamo to post-hardcore.
  4. ^ DeVille, Chris. "12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival". Stereogum. Retrieved October 1, 2013. Sound: Screamo tantrums at breakneck speed
  5. ^ Staff (December 24, 2012). "The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013". Stereogum. Buzz Media. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "No Sleep Records". No Sleep Records. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  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 January 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Touché Amoré – ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse [12-inch]". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "OverDefined – Best of 2009". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Brian – Best of 2009". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  14. ^ "Touche Amore to track Deathwish debut in Feb". LambGoat. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  15. ^ Emma Garland (April 26, 2012). "Alter The Press!: Interview: Touché Amoré". Alter The Press!. Buzz Media. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Album of the Year Countdown: Number 6". Rock Sound. December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "La Dispute and Touche Amore plan UK shows". Rock Sound. April 15, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  18. ^ "Touché Amoré Announce UK Dates". Rock Sound. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  19. ^ "Rise Against European tour". Rock Freaks. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Converge & Touche Amore Europe and UK TOUR – Winter 2012". WeReviewMusic. August 21, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Morales, Christine (June 20, 2016). "Touché Amoré Announce New Album on Epitaph" (Press release). Epitaph Records. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  23. ^ a b c Gotrich, Lars (June 20, 2016). "Viking's Choice: Touché Amoré, 'Palm Dreams'". NPR. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  24. ^ "Tours: Thursday / Basement / Touche Amore (US)". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  25. ^ (April 19, 2018). "Touché Amoré "Green"".
  26. ^ "NEWS: Touché Amoré share re-recorded version of 'Suckerfish'!". DEAD PRESS!. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  27. ^ "Touche Amore Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  28. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 20, 2012). "No Sleep to release Touché Amoré/The Casket Lottery split". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  29. ^ Beringer, Drew (March 19, 2013). "Touché Amoré/Title Fight Split Planned for RSD + Song Clips". AbsolutePunk. Buzz Media. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  30. ^ Kraus, Brian (January 8, 2013). "Touché Amoré release video for 'Gravity, Metaphorically'". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 8, 2013.

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