Touche Amore/La Dispute
Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World


4.5
superb

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
July 27th, 2010 | 896 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP is another bullet to add to the resume that both La Dispute and Touche Amore build as they push the boundaries of hardcore further.

Two hardcore giants come together melding a fantastic EP that will appeal to several fans of the sub divisions within the growing genre. The split is a marvelous mix of post hardcore kindled with furious passion and ominous expressions that gratify all aspects of both bands. While Touche Amore loves dabbling with the more straight up style of hardcore the accompanying aesthetics of La Dispute are able to diversify their sound to a profound elegance often missing from …To the Beat of A Dead Horse. Likewise Touche Amore provide a rugged twist to the dismal bounce La Dispute find themselves carving their niche in from time to time. As soon as the compilation kicks off with “I’ll Get My Just Deserve” the justified balance between the two bands is met with melodic riffs soaring over the two leading vocalists trading off. This is a relative aspect to the split being its strongest trait - that is the dy-na-MIGHT interplay between Jeremy and Jordan.

The only unfortunate facet of the album is the fact that there is a supreme difference in its strengths between the two bands offerings. “How I Feel” is certainly the albums highlight with a heartbreaking centerpiece driving its controlled chaos. Of course this song is catered to Jordan Dreyer’s brilliant lyrics “Don’t we all just die? Don’t we all, don’t we all? When you look at the light, did it hurt your eyes?”, but these things serve La Dispute to shine brighter than Touche Amore on most accounts, and it doesn’t help that the aggression that Jeremy and company can display on the drop of a dime is also utilized to boost La Dispute’s tracks. This essentially creates a rift; although Touche Amore can and does hold their weight after their time has passed its nearly forgotten, especially when Jordan starts singing and Jeremy underlines with wrenching screams to accentuate “Why It Scares Me”, “And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute, I wanna know if the curtain drops”. This isn’t to say that the first half of the EP doesn’t have its fair share of awing moments; however a lot of these instances come with the aid of Jordan Dreyer. The epic breakdown that closes out “I’ll Deserve Just That” is breathtaking in its own merit, beautiful set-ups of instrumental cut offs highlighting the estranged voices, but it’s with the help of Jordan that the track reaches such a monument.

Of course these problems are not something that truly burdens the compilation because fans of either band will certainly find places to lay their abundant amounts of love. Touche Amore present all the grittiness that fans fell head over heels for on their breakout LP. Just as well, La Dispute is just as endearing in their aggressiveness as they were on Somewhere At the Bottom…. This in turn provides fine fashion since the coalescing of these two styles is damn well near flawless. Aside from the obvious, which was only an attempt to critique the disc at its core, the album is a perfect presentation of hardcore gliding on its beautiful modern vessel. The two bands weave a macramé of insightful styling across their groove shredding platform that keeps them lightly tethered to the genre. In short this EP is another bullet to add to the resume that both La Dispute and Touche Amore build as they push the boundaries of hardcore further.



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fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

EP rules. like the perfect blend of beauty and aggression.

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Bitchfork
July 27th 2010


7584 Comments


If it's an EP you probably shouldn't say album
And it's "post-hardcore" with a hyphen.

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ugh
yeah Josh this rules so get this.

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh thanks for reminding me i need called to arms as well.

crazyblinddude
July 27th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really good

sniper
July 27th 2010


19080 Comments


Oh fuck yes gotta get this now.

JesusChris
July 27th 2010


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where I caught my reflection, captured in glass. A perfect broken image of the future, envisioned in the past.

sniper
July 27th 2010


19080 Comments


So good to hear both these vocalists on the same tracks holy shit. Made my day for sure. Pos'd.

Skimaskcheck
July 27th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sahweet, need to get on getting this

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

GOODBYE, GOODBYE, GOODBYE!

the two of them on one track is pure bliss.

sniper
July 27th 2010


19080 Comments


4'd. How do splits work anyway, how can an album exist in the database without a band page?

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

there was one created. so they are essentially one band in the sense of band pages on Sputnik.

this also creates wishful thinking that they'll do more of these. and since this is damn near perfect I hope they do.

youresocute
July 27th 2010


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I LOVE touche so much on this.

EasternLight
July 27th 2010


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging the la dispute

sniper
July 27th 2010


19080 Comments


Digging this.

pmmets07
July 27th 2010


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both bands sound amazing. Want moar than 4 songs.

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thats what kills me about this. i wish they would have created more too.

botb
July 27th 2010


9755 Comments


shit i didnt realize this was out. i need this.

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pmmets07
July 27th 2010


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent review, btw.

fromtheinside
July 27th 2010


19029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thank you.



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