Touche Amore - Is Survived By (Cover Artwork)

Touche Amore

Touche Amore: Is Survived ByIs Survived By (2013)
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There's no subtle way to put it: Touche Amore definitely hit it out the park. Jeremy Bolm and his posse have taken the time and care since 2011 to ensure that Is Survived By plays off as not only their most mature and heartfelt record to date. It's the record that could well define Touche Amore's l.
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There's no subtle way to put it: Touche Amore definitely hit it out the park. Jeremy Bolm and his posse have taken the time and care since 2011 to ensure that Is Survived By plays off as not only their most mature and heartfelt record to date. It's the record that could well define Touche Amore's legacy.

Bolm's candor, vulnerability and honesty is what makes Is Survived By explicitly profound. It's his diary laid bare for the listener. Poetry in motion. The power, honesty and emotional traction he creates with his gruff, hoarse and throaty delivery resonates like a powder keg lit afire. "Just Exist" rips on legacies and mortality and kicks the snowball of momentum that is Is Survived By off to near perfection. Touche ensure that various musical walks of life are brought out in so much of the album – which fans of Thursday and La Dispute will most probably recognize.

The post-hardcore vibe of old-school Touche is met with a more melodic touch as seen on "Non-Fiction," in which Bolm recites in spoken word over an Envy-like tapestry before barreling into the beautiful noise that Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt flex out of their guitars. They expound smartly, laying foundations for Bolm to run on, like on "Steps" which actually ramps up from the riffs on "Non-Fiction."

An album of love, life, relationships and one's purpose in the world is what best describes Is Survived By. The variety of punk, indie, hardcore and so many other musical influences are dosed in, as Touche fans would expect, but the closing title track sums it up pretty well.

Elliot Babin's pace on the drum kit is one of the best displays by a drummer in recent memory, guiding the passion and creativity of the band with a strong backbone. "Is Survived By" switches from a neat marching drum beat, to noisy fits of hardcore, back to a melodic lull before crashing once more into the boisterous nature that is Touche Amore.

When you leave this world, what will you be remembered for? That's Bolm's theme here. This record, no doubt, will be what fans remember this band for. It's fucking splendid.


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Amateurchemist (October 11, 2013)

I'm by no means a fan of the vocals on this album, but the lyrics are hitting me super close to home. Great musicians and some of the best and most emotional lyrics I've heard in a long time are enough to keep me coming back. Every time I finish listening, I want to start it again.

RiotRiot81 (September 28, 2013)

Gets better with every listen. Bravo!

exitenglish1208 (September 26, 2013)

record is stupid good. in a relatively shitty week this was a bright spot.

CincoDeMilo (September 26, 2013)

Different energy than the last record. I'm missing the fast minute long songs. That being said, this is just as good lyrically as anything they've put out and probably their most creative musically. Best track is definitely Non Fiction. Can't wait to hear these songs live.

Piata (September 26, 2013)

This is easily the album of the year. The opening is strong, the mid section is good but the last three songs absolutely demolish everything that came before it . The lyrics to Non Fiction are amazing, Steps adds momentum and Is Survived By drives it all home by making everything about the band and their fans.

Few groups can even attempt an album like this and Touche Amore did it near flawlessly. It's an instant classic.

danperrone (September 25, 2013)

good record, the middle sags a bit but "non fiction" into "steps" into "is survived by" is suuuuuch a great trio to end on

punkdude123 (September 25, 2013)

This band has never done anything impressive. Lyrics and music are just boring.

problematiclogic (September 25, 2013)

Variety? No, I don't hear that at all. They sound like a high school band who just found out what hardcore and emo music sounds like and have tried to combine the two with mediocre results. Bewildered by the hype.

eazyd2 (September 25, 2013)

i thought you was dead dante3000

there is lot more varaiton in this album the songs really fleshed out the vocals are still straight ahead as you except and i agree with retardo the dumming is off the fuckin chizzoook

killabeez666 (September 25, 2013)

Such a great band.

davebrave4 (September 25, 2013)

Dante, thanks for putting into words one of the elements that kinda bugged me about the last record.

dante3000 (September 25, 2013)

Is this record more varied than the last one? It had some real great moments but was a bit too bogged down in one note depression.

ak3punk (September 25, 2013)

Great album, their last one was brilliant too.

fattony (September 25, 2013)

Flawless from start to finish! This band can do no wrong.

FromAbove (September 25, 2013)

The last sentence nails it

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