ARTIST: TOUCHE AMORE

TITLE: 10 YEARS, 1000 SHOWS: LIVE AT THE REGENT THEATER

LABEL: EPITAPH

RATING: 9/10 

WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN

Back in February Touché Amore (TA) pulled off a spectacular feat, managing to line up their 1000th show with the exact date of their 10 year anniversary as a band, playing in none other than their hometown of Los Angeles. Sharing how their earlier material that would launch the band was inspired by frontman Jeremy Bolm’s distaste for the city, he now admits that it’s “the best place ever” and with a sold out Regent Theater the night had all the makings for something truly special.

What is inescapable across this release is that TA can not only embody Hardcore during their time on stage but fully apply this to a live recording without diluting their passionate performance. Hardcore shows are about the collective experience, sweat, stage dives, and screaming and with this record TA hasn’t settled with capturing the sound but brilliantly encapsulate the essence of the show, making this sonic barrage a delightful attack on the senses.

“TA can not only embody Hardcore during their time on stage but fully apply this to a live recording without diluting their passionate performance.”

Thankfully, 10 Years/1000 shows doesn’t suffer from the washed out sound that proves to be the downfall of most live recordings. “Bolm’s vocals are still very much at the forefront but the rest of the guys are far from drowned out. Elliot’s percussion never fails to hit the mark and the remaining instrumentation provided by Tyler (bass), Nick and Clayton (Guitars) still ride the line between cleaner tones and crunch but still sounds rich and manages to bite across older tracks like “home away from here” and “Harbour”. Helping to cultivate the “in the thick of it” feel this record flawlessly recreates moments of crowd participation with chants across “Flowers and You”, “The Great Repetition” and “Palm Dreams”, finding the balance between embellishing each song without taking away from the raw performance the guys are so well known for and again works to enhance this.

“brilliantly reimagines every era of a band that has worked to shape and define the modern hardcore scene.”

This mammoth almost 30 track record shouldn’t be dismissed just because it isn’t bringing any new material to the table, because it does something even better. 10 Years/1000 shows brilliantly reimagines every era of a band that has worked to shape and define the modern hardcore scene. Over the last decade TA has contributed 4 full lengths and over 10 eps to the hardcore legacy and at its very least this record is a celebration of theirs and a testament to their achievements.

 

 

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