Touche Amore/Make Do And Mend
Split


3.0
good

Review

by fromtheinside USER (128 Reviews)
September 4th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An EP with 2 good songs per band, nothing more and nothing less.

Are Touche Amore crutch wielders to that of greater bands succumbing their own future and never allowing them the room to breathe in which they’ll find their own footing, or have they just bitten off more than they can chew for once? Yes, they share the title role with Make Do and Mend but after the magnificent split with La Dispute leading in Smoke Signals and Hideaways / Hand Me Downs and Cobwebs, where Touche Amore found the glorious spotlight, one can’t help compare the two efforts in hopes that there is a sense of progression and not just one-hit wonders abound. Ironically the answer to that question is a yes and a no. This is primarily due to the fact that the EP, seen in separate light, is good, if not great, but following the heavy wake of Searching For A Pulse / The Worth of the World it’s presence is quite futile.

The good news is that both Touche Amore and Make Do and Mend are at the top of their game here. Both bands present lyrical qualities that are top notch and each craft hardcore atmospheres to the finest degree. Except this is where the problem arises. Both bands have such opposite tactics to achieving this goal the split feels, for lack of a more suitable word, split. Touche Amore are gritty and heavy handed on the gut punches. Make Do And Mend, however, enter with such a poppier aspect that it disassembles the previous minutes, this is not to say that it outshines the first half, but merely does not keep the flow that was established much like La Dispute was able to do. While Touche are busy outraging, Make Do and Mend are busy cranking out party jams; both display excellent examples of the growth hardcore is personifying, but cement the balance between both bands styling’s - they do not.

When compared with the Searching For A Pulse… it’s clear to see why it was such a success; both bands tethered at the hip equaled each other even when they weren’t equals. They spoke for one another, shared the same agony and harbored the same execution technique; here there is a lack of understanding between the two bands. Forgive me for raising such comparisons but La Dispute and Touche Amore really raised the bar as far as splits are concerned. Sure, this is the way most splits are done, separate ideas brought to the table to be placed on one disc, but Searching For A Pulse… expanded the boundaries presenting the assumption that all bands should be a cohesive unit when working as one. It’s not that neither band aren't working together – per say, it is to say, however, that both bands are melding two contrasting styles as one, and where one EP succeeded this one does not.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2010


17920 Comments


you keep saying compilations when you should probably just say splits

fromtheinside
September 4th 2010


18203 Comments


cleaned up, thanks chan. i saw you grabbed the other split but not this one. hopefully you're busy with the felix culpa.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2010


17920 Comments


haven't listened to that yet although i did download it

i haven't heard make do and mend before but i will probably get this eventually. good review

liledman
September 4th 2010


3826 Comments


clean up that first sentence, otherwise good review man.

screw the splits, i want a new TA lp.

wittwright
September 4th 2010


679 Comments


I hope La Dispute's split with Koji is better than this one

crazyblinddude
September 5th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Sums up a lot of thoughts on this.

pmmets07
September 5th 2010


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I preordered this but haven't gotten the download link yet.

DoubtGin
September 5th 2010


6752 Comments


too much comparing imo

will check this out

fromtheinside
September 5th 2010


18203 Comments


gee it sounds like another split that came out this year that you went crazy for

I'M ABOUT TO RAGE

Slum
September 5th 2010


2579 Comments


That is one fuck of a first sentence

fromtheinside
September 5th 2010


18203 Comments


do you stalk me slum?

pmmets07
September 17th 2010


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a bit disappointed with this tbh. although hideaways is pretty badass.

DeadbeatDankity
November 12th 2010


149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I pretty much agree with all of the points you made.
Hideaways is my favorite on here.

pmmets07
November 12th 2010


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is actually awesome. all 4 songs are incredibly solid. mdam took a while but now i love them

wrecked
May 23rd 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont really get into the touche amore-songs, but hand me downs and cobwebs are great.

Rev
May 23rd 2011


9422 Comments


Still need this


Hideaways is boss though

pmmets07
May 27th 2011


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hideaways is my favorite Touche song

DarthMann
September 6th 2012


13815 Comments


mdams half is heaps better imo

ConsumerOfNut
January 10th 2013


154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like both sides of this split in comparison to the rest of each band's catalogue. The TA side has the rawness of their first LP, but with more aggression and better vocals, and the MDAM side is really raw for them, too. Hand Me Downs is awesome.



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