Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Record label: Deathwish Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk
All the E's: exciting, excellent, and emotive... Rock Sound went just a little bit batshit over LA quintet Touché Amoré’s debut album when it hit the UK late last year. That excitement wasn’t based on kneejerk hyperbole, and this excellent follow-up simply underlines their brilliance. Still raw, impassioned and frenetic, on ‘Parting The Sea…’, vocalist Jeremy Bolm frequently sounds like he’s about to choke up internal organs as he eloquently bares his soul and personal self-doubt.
For bands whose songs rarely exceed two minutes, the use of space is crucial. Touché Amoré, then, are masters of writing miniature epics, infusing the raw intensity of hardcore with melodic, vintage emo influences. Their songs are stripped to the bare bones; no lyric is wasted, no instrumental segment is drawn out and no chorus is repeated. Yet despite their concise, streamlined approach to song writing, there’s something decidedly large about Touché Amoré’s music that is capable of putting you through the motions and leaving you breathless.
Review Summary: There goes Touche Amore, bringing the windmills againAs far as hardcore albums go, Parting the Sea Between Brightness And Me doesn’t pull any stops. In the vein of their contemporaries, its still hardcore with some metallic riffs and vague emo influence thrown in. You’ll hear the same driving riffs punctuated by pretty interludes you’d expect from a band that plays with acts like La Dispute and Comadre, and the same vocal intensity to boot.