Friday, September 6, 2013
Artist of the Day: Touche Amore
Touche Amore's earlier material is quite raw and fast with almost no accents of technicality. Sure, there are calculated parts and some sense to the madness, but Is Survived By takes the band to a whole new level. It's a difference between night and day when compared to Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me. The songs feature a strong dissonance carried by jangly guitars and persistent reverbs. It's a strong evolution from their split with Pianos Become the Teeth, showcasing the band's songwriting more than their aggression. "DNA"'s frantic drumming frenzy is characteristically heavy, while "Anyone/Anything" shows a more upbeat, mid-tempo shade that the band has never explored before. "Social Caterpillar" is sure to be a new fan favorite which is a three-minute journey through all colors of the band, past and present.
Frontman Jeremy Bolm's vocal approach is more calculated as well, with slight variations on his trademark throat-shredding. Bolm's vocals are less harsh, half-sung in parts throughout the record which has already drawn connections to La Dispute's Jordan Dreyer in opener "Just Exist." It adds a different flavor to the songs, which already sound more emotional due to the noodled guitars that paved through each weaving musical piece. Overall, the band's progression culminates in the three-song combo of "Non Fiction," "Steps" and "Is Survived By." Quite possibly the best songs the band has ever written, the members tear through the fastest parts of the record and juxtapose them with heartfelt interludes that will cement this album as one of the strongest albums of the year.
Touche Amore's Is Survived By will be released on September 24th through Deathwish, Inc, and you can preorder the album here. We will have our full review of the album up in the coming weeks, so be sure to listen to the released singles again to get psyched for this emotional rollercoaster. You're going to love it.