Album Review: Touche Amore – Is Survived By

With their second album ,Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me, Touche Amore put out a great, fast, punk record. While it was a nonstop ride with no song longer than two minutes, that album felt as though it was missing something. Being leaders of the post hardcore genre alongside local bands such as Balance and Composure, Tigers Jaw, and Title Fight, Touche Amore plays emotionally charged music that has an edge to it. On their newest album, Is Survived By, Touche Amore identified and solved that missing piece.

Is Survived By is an astoundingly creative and well written album with a meaningful narrative about personal transformation. Common themes that are present in every song. On the album opener “Just Exist,” vocalist Jeremy Bolm screams, “So much to consider, and too much to grasp. To swallow mortality is enough of a task, and leaving your mark is just too much to ask. I’ll just bow my head and leave out the back.” Bolm takes us through his anxious thoughts, and shows us how truly scared he is of leaving behind everyone and everything he knows and not being remembered. Taking us through his thoughts, Bolm eventually comes to the realization that the people around him and the things he does (namely in this band) define his life and keep him metaphorically alive. This is evident when he emotionally delivers the lines: “This is survived by who held me up, this is survived by who sang the song, and that sense of purpose has made it all worth it, so write a song that everyone can sing along to, so when you’re gone you can live on, they won’t forget you.”

In addition to the raw emotion behind the concept of this album, the music is powerful and fast. Keeping with their punk roots, the Touche Amore has progressed musically. With driving guitars that are layered with high leads and some really tight drums, the music matches Bolm’s heaviness. The album really picks up with the catchy “Anyone / Anything”, and the heaviest song on the record,  “DNA.” Just about the only slow part, and definitely the most reflective, “Non Fiction” pulls the listener in with a head nodding riff, until a build up with spoken word leads the song into a wall of sound and Bolm closes out by screaming “With time we’ll all be gone but how you lived can live on.”

Stream the album below, or pick it here.

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