September 6, 2012

Hear New Sound: Touché Amoré's "Whale Belly"

An endless stream of material even when they always seem to be on the road is part of what makes 2011 Breakthrough Artist honorees Touché Amoré one of hardcore's best and most gratifying next-gen bands. Last summer, they've delivered the album that would later be named the second best of the year here on AS with the self-reflective declaration Parting the Seas Between Brightness and Me, and more recently, they brought their incredible live sound to take home on vinyl with a 7" of tracks recorded inside the BBC Studios. The other reason why these Los Angeles punks continue to be a band to watch is because of their potential to evolve in great ways, and that's a statement we hear more mounting evidence behind on "Whale Belly," the A-side from an upcoming split they're doing with returning mid-western indie-emo vets, The Casket Lottery. On this go, Touché Amoré's emotive intensity and vigor continues to define their sound, yet the hardcore basics on which its built is cementing itself into a structure with fuller walls and higher ceilings to climb. The split will arrive October 2nd on No Sleep Records, with Touché Amoré also doing a take of the Replacements "Unsatisfied" while the Casket Lottery interestingly enough put their spin on Beach House's "Myth." Until then, get inside the "Whale Belly" below...

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