“their most affecting and resonant music yet“- Pitchfork: Best New Music
“one of the year’s most essential hardcore albums” – TheFADER
“real and raw throughout” – Stereogum: Album of the Week
“easily the band’s best effort to date” – OUTBURN
Los Angeles post-hardcore band Touché Amoré recently celebrated the release of their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Lament. Today, the band share the visually stunning and poetic video for the album’s title track via The FADER.
Visual identity has always been a key part of the band’s artistic process from their ambitious vinyl packaging to their captivating videos and graphics. To capture the emotionally raw lyrics of ‘Lament,” Touché Amoré teamed up with multi-platform visual artist Sujin Kim via the CalArts Experimental Animation program.
“The original concept centered around being used up and tossed aside over and over again until you’ve had enough. Told through the story of earth and clay, pot and plant, the interplay between a lifeform and vessel, constraint versus freedom, nourishment and depletion via a symbiotic relationship,” explains the band’s guitarist and resident art director Nick Steinhardt. “The poetic and dark nature of Sujin Kim’s work immediately resonated with me, and it became clear from our initial conversations about words and meaning that a conceptual approach was just as important as the overall aesthetic. Aside from the time-intensive nature of CGI itself, we began diving into my initial treatment, discussing lyrical themes on a deep intellectual level. We touched on topics ranging from the Japanese art of ceramic repair to the unusual flora and peeling bark of rare trees from Mexico and Socotra.”
Since their formation in 2007, Touché Amoré has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and death throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel. Through 11 tracks, the Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At the Drive-In) produced album sees the band tackle themes of fragility, empathy, politics, and love while pushing forward a newfound sense of hope.
ABOUT TOUCHÉ AMORÉ
Formed in Burbank, California, across 2007 and 2008, the band’s urgent sound has grown tighter and more refined through four full-length albums, a series of EPs, and various single releases. Lead singer Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin have created a trajectory for themselves through hard work and dedication.
Over the years the band rose to prominence with 2009’s …To the Beat of a Dead Horse,2011’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, and crossed into new territory with the 2013 art-punk masterpiece Is Survived By.In late 2016 Touché Amoré released their fourth studio album, Stage Four. The album graced many critics’ lists including A.V. Club’s “20 Best Albums of 2016” list, Stereogum’s “50 Best Albums Of 2016” list, and one of the 20 best emo/punk albums of 2016 by Brooklyn Vegan. In celebration of playing their 1000th show in their hometown of Los Angeles to celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a band in 2018, the band released their live album 10 Years / 1000 Shows at The Regent Theater.
And now with, Lament, their triumphant fifth record, Touché Amoré looks back at its past and uses hard-won optimism to point its fans toward hope, and love.