Touche Amore
Is Survived By


4.1
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
September 18th, 2013 | 541 replies


Release Date: 09/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is Survived By is awesome. Listen to it.

What Touché Amoré accomplish with Is Survived By is extraordinary. After the disappointing lasting appeal of Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, the band seems to have set out to write a statement, a record that has enough depth to warrant coming back to it after their trademark and incredibly catchy brand of fast paced and intense “wave” hardcore initially hooks you. Whereas previously they were content with not exploring their sound to any great extent, allowing their pulsing rhythms and tempered aggression to carry nearly entire records alone, on Is Survived By they branch out, with the band taking their sound farther than they ever have before.

It could be that the change is sparked off by the band borrowing more heavily from fellow “wave” band La Dispute, as Jeremy Bolm takes a bit more of the bouncy cadence Jordan Dreyer utilizes and adopts a similar storytelling persona for a good portion of the record. The interplay between Bolm and the rest of the band is far more interlocked as well, as through his strained and passionate screams and yells the band find the correct ebb and flow to pace themselves. As usual, drummer Elliot Babin is the highlight, often making a song his own with his incredibly eclectic drumming, as he frequently switches from insanely fast punk rhythms interspersed with drum fills that he has no business being able to fit to his brutal and crushing mid-tempo delivery. The guitarists have also taken steps to ensure a greater variety with some gorgeous guitar tones and fantastic intertwining playing reminiscent of old emo stalwarts You and I and Hot Cross.

The strength of the record is the fact that the songs feel more like songs now. Shedding the restrictions of just being a ‘hardcore’ band, Touche let songs reach heights that they never have by allowing themselves room to jam a section out, to let a particularly cathartic moment play for longer than a few seconds. “To Write Content” features a middle section that slows and perfectly punctuates a sad tale of artistic depression that would have never found home on previous records. “Non-Fiction” is a slow-burner that once again brings legitimate comparisons to older emo bands like Julia and Joshua Fit For Battle, rising deliberately until the band finally reaches that musical climax they've always hinted at. This sort of twist on the formula helps keep Is Survived By from the stagnant sound that had mildly plagued them earlier, and makes the entire record sound more honest and expressive as a result.

Their weaknesses are mostly covered up by all of this, as the far expanded songwriting helps to hide Bolm's mostly monotone delivery (although this time it never becomes as contrived as it had been on Parting…) and the often hilariously obvious and cheesy lyrics. This is a band that is so comfortable in their sound that they didn't have to change much to take a huge step forward-Touché Amoré have created their most ambitious and complete album without sacrificing anything that made people fall in love with them in the first place. Whether or not you’re a fan of their earlier, grittier material or their newer, more polished recordings, Is Survived By is a massively engaging and surprisingly triumphant record, and you cant expect anything but for them to continue to add to their ranks of love-moshing fans with an album that is just so damn solid.

”So write a song that everyone can sing along to
So when you’re gone you can live on
They won’t forget you"




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

You can STREAM the album on our COMPETITOR WHO WE DESPERATELY HATE's website

http://pitchfork.com/advance/224-is-survived-by/

Killerhit
September 18th 2013


5254 Comments


Sweet job as usual.

dimsim3478
September 18th 2013


5327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeeeeeeeeeeah this rules glad you saw the light Hanson

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

Listened to this for like 6 hours straight last night. So much better than Parting and even To the Beat

EaglesBecomeVultures
September 18th 2013


5269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ctrl+f "wave"

Digging: Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

only used it twice how cool and varied am i :cool:

ti0n
September 18th 2013


1569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my thoughts exactly. this is without question their most complete work to date.

Digging: The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

Wadlez
September 18th 2013


4651 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just can't go higher

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 18th 2013


13404 Comments


haaaaaaaansooooooooooooooon

mindleviticus
September 18th 2013


8326 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I loved parting the sea

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 18th 2013


10621 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9 | Sound Off

Ugh his vocals are just so awful though

Cygnatti
September 18th 2013


21888 Comments


mindles digs this band, will czech.

Digging: Chansey - Natural Cure

zxlkho
September 18th 2013


3472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

rules hard

ti0n
September 18th 2013


1569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

vocals awful? go listen to la dispute first

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 18th 2013


10621 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9 | Sound Off

Or I could just listen to this and come up with that opinion without comparing him to any other vocals

Cygnatti
September 18th 2013


21888 Comments


la dispute is kinda gay, but not as gay as everyone claims.

sniper
September 18th 2013


19080 Comments


i bet this sucks

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 18th 2013


13404 Comments


sucks eggs ha ha ppl used to say that

treeqt.
September 18th 2013


11014 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

la dispute is kinda gay, but not as gay as everyone claims.
b nice

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sniper
September 18th 2013


19080 Comments


that's not the preferred nomenclature dude



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