Touché Amoré: Is Survived By
(Deathwish Inc., 9/24/13)
For better or worse, post-hardcore four-piece Touché Amoré understands the need to respond to fans of the genre’s insatiable appetite for content. On its third album, Is Survived By, the band blazes through 12 densely melodic numbers in about 30 minutes. Singer Jeremy Bolm’s delivery recalls the intensity of first-wave screamo vocal-cord shredders in I Hate Myself and Saetia, while the music is somehow bright, open, and assaulting.
The album’s lifeblood is Bolm’s lyrics, which come to the fore through slick production and give listeners a sense of the tension of being in such a band and the pressure of continuing to eke it out in a world that sees everything through the lens of the market. “Living fast in a passing phase,” Bolm yells on “Anyone/Anything,” a track in which the powerful chorus is emphasized with a crashing buildup to the breakdown: “I don’t know anyone / I don’t know anything / So stop expecting everything from me.” Fans of Fucked Up take note.