Los Angeles post-hardcore quintet Touché Amoré paid Brighton a visit this week, packing out the ample-sized venue known as Audio. In a very intimate and intense showing, the band immediately brought their heart-racing energy to their fans, who within seconds were sent into a frenzy; crowd surfing, screaming, dancing and stage climbing.
Witnessing such live energy, Touché Amoré brought vibrance and life to the slightly dingy underground venue that Audio is. Amongst a lively crowd that knew every word to each song, certain fans would be lucky enough to share vocal duties with vocalist Jeremy Bolm, even if only for a second.
Touché Amoré are definitely a very beloved band in Brighton, as their passion in their performance has definitely not gone unnoticed. Not to mention Audio’s powerful sound system which helped significantly; it sent a genuinely earthquake-inducing bass tone from Tyler Kirby’s four strings, which, when overlaid with the melodic guitar riffs from Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, made the whole gig practically deafening. Elliot Babin’s drum playing was exceptional even as the heat of the room escalated, Elliot showed no sign of letting this affect him and really pumped the songs full of thick drum beats. To say this was carnage would be an understatement.
Prior to Touche Amore were End Of A Year Self Defense Family (usually known as just Self Defense Family) who gave a truly spectacular performance – one that rivalled a headliners’. From this being the first I’d ever seen of Self Defense, I was awed by their execution – in particular, vocalist Patrick Kindlon, theatrically threw his body around as if he was the conductor to an orchestra. You could see the songs really meant something to him.
Patrick was also entertaining between songs; one could say he has the presence of a comedian – one that is very captivating and never babbles on for too long. The other musicians that make up Self Defense were truly spectacular, the songs contained a surplus of interesting bass riffs, most likely due to the line up currently containing not one, but two bassists – which added to their already present depth and dynamism. Self Defense are one of those bands which have to be seen to be believed, as six musicians working in such a theatrical fashion on a tiny stage is something quite extraordinary!
Elliot Babin (drummer of Touché Amoré) has spent a lot of time since 2009 writing his own music independently, and which ultimately led to the formation of the opening act for this evening, Dad Punchers. The band put on a decent show which successfully warmed up the crowd – their songs included catchy melodies and guitar riffs that bore a resemblance to a slightly more pop/punk version of Brand New. The most memorable part of their performance were the simplistic but slightly humorous lyrical content of their songs, one of which spoke of the inevitable irritants you’d have to experience when your housemates fall in love with each other.
Review written by Kaori Manz