An unexpected move from LA band Touché Amoré here: if this was the first you’d heard from them, you’d be unlikely to guess that they have been a howling punk band for most of their career. And yet Stage Four is a sweeping suite of songs that are sung as songs, with the grace and careful construction of a band like The National. Nicely done. Out on Epitaph.
9/10 Benn Staff review, 28 November 2017
Sometimes you'll find yourself with a few spare minutes on your hands in the office, so you'll begin to browse the website looking for records you either a) want or b) love. Stage Four by Touché Amoré is one of those albums that I both want to own a physical copy of and love - so it made sense for me to stick my nose in and give it a quick review.
Touché Amoré have managed to capture the attention of people who usually would never give a look-in to this genre of music. It's shouty, heavy and it's pretty depressing. The usual crowd are those who have been through something and need the music to speak for them. Although Stage Four moves away from the 'classic' Amoré sound, it by no means leaves those who have followed the band from day one, behind.
As you move through the record, you're hit with a wave of emotions from the start. Whether it's Bolm's forceful vocals or the beautiful polyrhythmic guitar patterns that are all encased in a strong and trustworthy bass and drum pairing - something will bring a tear to your eye. The album is truly beautiful. I get that it might not be for everyone, and sometimes the growling vocals do make you want to clear your own throat hoping that it will clear Jeremy Bolm's throat, too. Overall? A great record that I listen to over and over.
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