Touche Amore has blown me away as a band since I first discovered them opening up for Thursday in 2009 at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. I walked in a little too late. They were finishing up their set with “Honest Sleep” and I remember being shocked that this band I was unfamiliar with had 25+ kids on stage screaming as loud as they could.
I was hooked. I haven’t looked back since.
See, I’m a fan of Thursday and the reason behind my obsession is not only timing (I was 12-13 when I picked up Full Collapse), but the urgency in what’s being said when I sing along. I had not found a band that had sounded so urgent in a long time. Hearing Touche’s first demo was similar to the experience I had when I first heard Full Collapse. I knew it was special.
Touche Amore has since released 3 outstanding full-length records. They’ve each grown in maturity on exponential levels. I’ve shared moments from time to time with Jeremy Bolm, singer of Touche Amore, and expressed how blown away I was at the level of maturity coming out with each release. “Is Survived By” is one of my favorite records if you’d like to check it out.
3 years later and we’re months away from the release of album four titled “Stage Four.” The album is about the loss of Jeremy’s mother to cancer.
I remember struggling with the fact that I follow Jeremy on social media and witnessed some very personal posts. Posts saying goodbye to his mother. Posts at her funeral. It felt too personal.
Yet, this album is the ultimate heart on his sleeve. I can’t imagine the experience of opening up on a topic this personal. But I do know that it will help countless people cope with something they’re going through and that’s a beautiful thing.
This song Displacement is one of the most personal things I’ve ever heard. Check it out and pre-order the album. I have a feeling “Stage Four” is going mature in exponential terms once again.