Rock Sound went just a little bit batshit over LA quintet Touché Amoré’s debut album when it hit the UK late last year. That excitement wasn’t based on kneejerk hyperbole, and this excellent follow-up simply underlines their brilliance. Still raw, impassioned and frenetic, on ‘Parting The Sea…’, vocalist Jeremy Bolm frequently sounds like he’s about to choke up internal organs as he eloquently bares his soul and personal self-doubt. It’s also a hugely (if not obviously) melodic record, though, with the emotiveness of songs such as ‘Uppers / Downers’ communicated with infectious but never gratuitously aggressive power. Time to get even batshittier – this is ace.
Having sold out London's Camden Barfly on February 27, Touché Amoré have announced a string of extra UK shows for next year:
25 - BRIGHTON Hydrant w/ Basement
26 - SOUTHAMPTON Joiners w/ Basement
27 - LONDON Barfly
23 - BIRMINGHAM Temple Room w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
24 - GLASGOW Stereo w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
25 - NOTTINGHAM Basement w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
26 - BRISTOL Thekla w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
27 - MANCHESTER Sound Control w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
28 - LONDON XOYO w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
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