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Touché Amoré / La Dispute

Touché Amoré / La Dispute: Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World [7-inch]Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World [7-inch] (2010)
No Sleep Records

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Touché Amoré and La Dispute provided a couple of 2008's best records that I hadn't heard until early this year. TA dropped their self-titled demo 7" while LD put out the powerful Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. LD's brand of post-hardcore combined with TA's brutally hon.
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Touché Amoré and La Dispute provided a couple of 2008's best records that I hadn't heard until early this year. TA dropped their self-titled demo 7" while LD put out the powerful Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. LD's brand of post-hardcore combined with TA's brutally honest lyrics and crushing sound was something that made me think twice about not listening to hardcore-type bands for a year or two and sent me off to listen to what I hadn't. Upon hearing that the two were joining for a split, I was eager to hear what they had planned. Let's not mince words: This split, albeit under 10 minutes overall, is likely one of the best 10 minutes you can spend listening to music this year.

Side A, 'Searching for a Pulse,' is Touché Amoré's contribution. The two songs both clock in at under two minutes each, but so do most of the songs in their catalog. Both tracks are brilliant, lyrically and musically. "I'll Get My Just Deserve" is pretty standard TA in terms of sound, but the lyrics are more personal than usual. A new voice comes into the song and if you know the band on the other side of the album, it's instantly recognizable as La Dispute's frontman makes an appearance on both songs on this side of the album--as does TA's singer on LD's side--and they do not disappoint. In fact, they fit perfectly. The next song is not as sonically typical as the first. It sounds pretty and almost post-rock-influenced despite the vocals. The slow beginning to the second song, "I'll Deserve Just That," builds up to an overflow of emotion and anthemic guitars and another great feature from the guy from LD. "Honest Sleep" is my favorite song in their catalogue, but this might be even better. It's almost too good to just be on a 7"; in fact, both of these songs are.

Side B is La Dispute's part of the split. For a band that I've found stunning lyrically more than musically, they bring both to the table here. This isn't to discount their music, which I love through and through, but the lyrics are genius. That's what I've always loved about them. On this split, we start with "How I Feel," which is a bit of a change of pace from them. It's a concise song: short, sweet, and to the point. The second song triumphs over the first on this side, too. Maybe I'm focusing on the lyrics too much in this review for both bands, but to be honest, I find them both awesome in that department. "Why It Scares Me"'s premise is great: "Have I been taking my emotional cues from a script I wrote at 16?" the singer asks. And throughout the song he questions his motives for everything and whether or not emotion and memories are all worth it. "And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute--I want to know if a curtain drops." What a perfect way to go out on this split.

Basically, go out, support some amazing bands and an awesome label, pick up this split, and proceed to have a blast listening to this for only 10 minutes... Then hit repeat.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Touché Amoré - Parting the Sea Between Brightness and MeTouché Amoré - ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse [12 inch]Make Do and Mend - End Measured MileJoyce Manor - Joyce ManorTitle Fight - ShedBalance and Composure - SeparationRefused - The Shape of Punk to ComeThe Menzingers - Chamberlain WaitsLa Dispute - Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and AltairBomb the Music Industry! - Vacation

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twoheadedboy (March 20, 2012)

one of the best things i've ever heard.

literamaniac (October 7, 2010)

I love this split. I just got the MDAM split and so far I'm loving it ("Hideaways" has been one of my favorite TA songs for quite a while)

That being said, "I'll Deserve Just That" is seriously tied with "Honest Sleep" for my favorite TA song. "Hideaways" is also mind-blowing. This band never disappoints.

alpod4 (September 2, 2010)

I think La Dispute's side clearly wins but TA's songs are great as well. and like somebody already said, their songs on the Make Do and Men split are better.

seth_uber_alles (September 2, 2010)

I saw touche amore a few weeks ago, they are pretty corny.

Chubbyfresh (September 1, 2010)

Can you be politically correct and wear a buzum shirt?

endtroducing (September 1, 2010)

@froggerwithmylife: xenophobic?

Get a life.

froggerwithmylife (August 31, 2010)

Name your band something in english you goddamn hippies

inagreendase (August 31, 2010)

Great split, but will Touche Amore and Make Do And Mends be even better?

Probably. But I thought this was only pretty good. From hearing them live, I prefer TA's songs on the MDAM split to these. And the MDAM songs kill.

you_voxing_bastards, I feel your pain. Mightily.

quickattack (August 31, 2010)

Excellent. Both bands, but especially La Dispute.

you_voxing_bastards (August 31, 2010)

i want to see them with envy so fucking bad but the nyc show is the same night as gaslight/fake problems/menzingers, which i already have tickets to. agh.

Chaos_is_Goose (August 31, 2010)

Both bands are getting stale

Kursk64 (August 31, 2010)

Great split, but will Touche Amore and Make Do And Mends be even better?

Fox is betting.. it will

Rastid (August 31, 2010)

I should also add that this is a great review.

Rastid (August 31, 2010)

This might be the best split I have ever purchased.

robalobadob (August 31, 2010)

I love this split. I love these bands.

I'm going to see them with Envy in Seattle in October. And it's going to be incredible.

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