Live Review: Touché Amoré @ The Factory Theatre, Sydney (7/07/2017)

Releasing their fourth record Stage Four last year, LA post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré have always been stellar in their quality of songs and amazing musicianship. Their last Australian visit was with Every Time I Die back in January 2015. Though I’ve never seen them live before, it’s incredible to see a band flaunt their material on stage, revealing their vulnerable selves through their instrumentation and lead vocalist Jeremy Bolm maintaining a fierce energy like no other.

Local gems Rumours and Endless Heights put on some solid performances on stage, gearing up Sydney punters everywhere with the space of The Factory Theatre filling up quickly as the night commenced. With Rumours and their alternative/emo-rock soundscapes and Endless Heights’ hard rock and edgy vibes, the energy that transcended around the room was calming for people everywhere.

All the way from Virgina Beach, Virginia, Run For Cover legends Turnover immediately captivated the Sydney audience in an instant. Breathtaking from start to finish, lead singer Austin Getz’s vocals loomed in the air, singing songs like “Cutting My Fingers Off” and “Humblest Pleasures” with grace. You could say Getz was a spitting image of Jesus, embodying a wholesome persona while taking extra care and consideration when it came to singing the right notes complimented by the stunning shoegazing and riff-raving instrumentation.

If there’s anything that goes by it, Turnover have this ability to tug on your heart strings with their deep and meaningful lyrics, giving you a fresh perspective on life and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis. In comparison to their heavy and melancholic lyrics, their newest single “Super Natural” was the opposite – vibrant and light, this addition to the set list brought a unique ambiance to the table, keeping punters highly-anticipated for their upcoming record Good Nature. For a short and sweet set, Turnover maintained a brilliant performance all the way through, satisfying the loyal Aussie fans that have fallen in love with their material since the beginning.

Loss for anyone is one of the hardest battles anyone can face and people grieve in different ways. The journey we face as individuals is unique and no one should let us feel inferior to our own feelings. Touché Amoré entered the stage, looking like they got their shit together. Vocalist Jeremy went straight for it – opening up with one of their hard-hitting tracks from Stage Four, “Flowers and You”. Hearing the lyric “I didn’t know / Just what to say/ While watching you wither away” live was intense yet relieving. It was obvious Bolm’s vocals were feeling the strain, but he persisted and that was something to be admired for.

Mixing it up a bit with his cleans too, “Palm Dreams” was captured perfectly, sounding crisp and fresh in its live form. The guitars, drum, bass were all in this together and there was no backing down: Touché Amoré were fighting for a performance of their life – and here they were surviving with the utmost integrity. Although I couldn’t relate to the whole concept of losing someone from an incurable disease, Touché Amoré opened up old wounds of loss for me. It’s a beautiful blessing yet curse to have a live band do that to you – but it’s also the most freeing. We come to a point in our lives where everything crashes down and it’s no more sunshine and butterflies from there.

Touché Amoré keep it real and raw and that’s a task not many bands can meet. How scary it is to open your heart and mind to an audience of strangers. Though the band-aids are not enough to cover the scars, there’s a time for healing and change and that’s where bands like Touché Amoré step in. Strength isn’t built in a day; it’s a force that can only exist when discovered on its own. There’s nothing more therapeutic than screaming lyrics that mean the world to you and Touché Amoré need to be commended for that. Human emotion is a beautiful thing, but let’s not romanticise the feelings we have when it comes to loss. It stings, it’s painful – but the band remind you it’s okay to feel the grief, even if it means putting on a brave face and getting lost in the music for one night.

Be sure to catch Touché Amoré on the remaining dates below!

Touché Amoré Australian Tour 2017

Wednesday 5 July: The Triffid, Brisbane (All Ages)
Thursday 6 July: The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
Friday 7 July: The Factory Theatre, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)
Saturday 8 July: Arrow On Swanston, Melbourne (All Ages)
Sunday 9 July: Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tuesday 11 July: Fowlers Live, Adelaide (Licensed All Ages)
Wednesday 12 July: Amplifier Bar, Perth (18+)

Tickets can be purchased HERE