Now that Rescuer has been announced, here is an updated flyer for No Sleep x Fest 12
Music is just one of life’s many riches, and countless relationships have thrived for entire lifetimes amid an imbalance of tastes and obsessions. A little bit of well-meaning fun-poking is fine, but the red flags come when the people you date seem to actually think less of you for the way you approach music — or any number of things, for that matter. Because those folks, whether they’re conscious of it or not, came into the relationship looking for an excuse to think less of you. Ideally, no one would date them at all, but at least make sure they’re someone else’s problem and not yours.
Touche Amore - Is Survived By - 9.5/10
The prodigal son of melodic hardcore, Jeremy Bolm, has returned with his four band mates for album number three, Is Survived By. To shine some light on the expectations upon this albums release, TA were more than fortunate in casting Brad Wood as producer, sound mixer, and engineer for this project. For those of us who are unaware of Brad Wood, he is the prolific Chicago based producer responsible for Sunny Day Real Estates, Diary, and LP2. Naturally, we expect the production and the sound of this album to be pristine and slightly enigmatic. Let me just say this: Is Survived By is a thrashing, compelling, and emotionally gripping album in the most grandiose of ways we could have hoped for.
On my initial listen of the albums entirety, I noticed a maturation in TA’s lyrical content. On their previous LP, 2011’s Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me, I felt that there were some noticeably weaker tracks. I found myself setting “skip songs” when i played the record. I am proud to say that i found not one “skip song” on the entirety of this album. From the opening track (Just Exist) to the albums finale, and title track (Is Survived By), I was in awe at what I was hearing. Jeremy Bolm has never been shy when pertaining to lyrical confessions and we see that this album is no exception. More so, we hear authenticated expressions of grief and disappointment, where on the previous album, I had a sense of frequent melodrama. In the two years since Parting The Sea, Bolm has experienced more and subsequently matured as a song writer with a noticeable bolstering of courage and confidence in his telling on the album. As for the sound of the record, Wood has given TA the attention and efforts their talent deserves. Everything about this album is a matter of perfect circumstances; it all just seems to flow with ease. As I had previously stated, the album has the usual thrash and grittiness of a hardcore/punk outfit, but with the additions of some seemingly haunting guitar chords it sets a mood of melancholy as we find ourselves rationalizing our own lives with every line Jeremy bellows.
If you’ve never experienced TA, this is surely a great time to start. Is Survived By has exceeded all of my expectations and i have no apprehension in giving this Los Angeles hardcore outfit a 9.5 out of 10 on their junior LP.