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Ben Patashnik
Ben Patashnik 4 May 2011 at 11.54

Recasting hardcore in a new light, Touche Amore are one of the best emerging bands in the world

In the nicest possible way, Touche Amore are incredibly annoying. Why? Because they make every other band seem a bit arse in comparison.

Ostensibly they're a hardcore band - they'd call themselves that, and the bands they cite as influences all fit somewhere within that genre - but the industry and energy they put into every single note elevates them above the pack. With debut full-length '...To The Beat Of A Dead Horse' spending so long on the Rock Sound office stereo it's practically won squatter's rights by now and the band having just started a UK tour Touche Amore have been one of the highlights of the latter part of 2010.

Earlier this year we put the whole of their split with La Dispute up for streaming, and you can click here to hear those tunes. But below we've got some new goodies...

The first track below, 'History Reshits' itself, also features Geoff Rickly from Thursday, which immediately pushes it into the category marked 'Ultra-awesome'.
Touche Amore - 'History Reshits Itself' by RockSoundMagazine
We sat down for a chat with vocalist Jeremy Bolm, and here's what he had to say:

Introduce yourselves: who's in the band and what do you do?
"Jeremy Bolm (Vocals), Clayton Stevens (Guitar), Tyler Kirby (Bass), Elliot Babin (Drums), Nick Steinhardt (Guitar)."

When was your first gig and what was it like?
"The first show we played was at a house in Pasadena, CA called the 580 House. We played the songs off of our demo and an American Nightmare cover. Lots of friends came out and it went surprisingly well."

Name three albums that made you want to be in a band...
"I was very young. Nirvana - 'Nevermind', Pearl Jam - 'Ten' and Alice in Chains - 'Facelift'."

When was the point you realised being in a band wasn't just something fun to do but a viable way to spend your life?
"I hope to always just look at it as something fun to do. It's extremely stressful being in a full time touring band that doesn't make money to cover personal expenses. All of us spend our time at home working odd jobs or selling belongings to make it to the next tour. If we get to a point where we can tour and live I may have a different answer."

What's the furthest you'd go to promote your band?
"I'd go as far as possible as long as it doesn't compromise the integrity of what we're doing."

What's been your favourite moment so far in the band?
"There has been so many moments it's impossible to choose just one. I can safely say that being able to tour with Converge is something that none of us in our wildest dreams would have thought could happen."
Touche Amore - 'Throwing Copper' by RockSoundMagazine
How will you describe TA to your grandchildren?

How do you want people to feel during a TA show?
"I'd like for anyone who sees us to walk away knowing we gave them our all."

What's the biggest argument you've had as a band?
"It was about flushing in a public restroom. It was divided and got really loud."

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