Los Angeles post hardcore band Touché Amoré will release their fifth studio album, Lament on October 9.
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. The album arrives as the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 release, Stage Four, which found vocalist Jeremy Bolm mourning and paying tribute to his late mother. Lament shines a light on what life for the band has been like since then, tackling themes of fragility, empathy, politics, and love while pushing forward a newfound sense of hope.
Late last year, the band offered a glimpse of Lament with the release of “Deflector,” the first song done with producer Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At the Drive-In) in an attempt to break out of their comfort zone. The recording process being such a wildly different experience than what the band was used to, challenged them to dig deep within their artistic and emotional depths to level up their abilities to create a record unlike their previous works.
Today, the band share the first single from their forthcoming Robinson produced record, “Limelight” which features Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books). Bolm’s emotionally raw lyrics explore a space in love rarely treaded while guitarist Nick Steinhardt showcases his newly learned pedal steel skills. “When you’re connected to someone long enough, and you’ve both suffered losses and been there for one another, there’s an understanding and a beauty to the quiet moments. There’s a great line in ‘Pulp Fiction’ when Uma Thurman boasts knowing when you’ve found someone really special, when you can just ‘shut the fuck up for a minute, and comfortably share silence’. I imagined that you’d be shamed for casually omitting that a day or two may go by without realizing you haven’t kissed your partner, but at no point did things feel bad. You’re just in it and it feels like home.” As the crescendo hits, Hull and Bolm are belting out on top of each other, Bolm shouts “So let’s embrace the twilight while burning out the limelight” the message of the song is revealed: The realization that the limelight may have held promise, but learning the obscurity of twilight is where you belong.