Touche Amore -- Lawrence, KS -- December 11th, 2011
One of my favorite live bands performing one of my favorite records of the year (spoiler alert) and it was amazing. A Touche Amore show is just as much a crowd participation event as it is a concert. And I mean screaming lyrics into the mic and bodies upon bodies swimming over eachother to try and get on stage.
The band themselves were great. I think they have a new rhythm guitarist, but he handled backing vocals as well and did them great. The drummer is still a beast, and Jeremy still leaves his everything on the stage, but he makes everyone in the crowd give there all as well. I screamed along to all the songs from "Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me" as well as a few oldies like "Cadence" and everyone's favorite "Honest Sleep". What was really awesome was how the crowd was. Yes, everyone was jumping on eachother to sing into the mic, but everyone had huge smiles on their faces while they did, most of all the band themselves. Just an all-around amazing experience.
Although Touche Amore has one more date left in Las Vegas, tonight's show was the last for Baltimore's Pianos Become The Teeth. These guys probably had the most energy of the night, along with the handful of incredibly passionate fans that were right up against the stage for them. I thought the vocalist was really good as well. They definitely had the most aggression of the night.
The first touring act was Seahaven from Los Angeles. Although I liked them enough, they play a brand of indie rock with just a tinge of post-hardcore. Definitely a supremely different kind of music than the other bands on this tour. No harsh vocals at all from them, just singing. Again, not bad, but didn't belong on this tour.
Opening the show was local band Drought Years. They were pretty fun, although I thought the vocals were much too low in the mix. More of a kind of melodic hardcore band than post-hardcore, but still lots of fun!
The Great Repetition
And Now It's Happening in Mine
I'll Get My Just Deserve
I'll Deserve Just That
Home Away From Here
Touche Amore: 9.5/10
Pianos Become The Teeth: 8.5/10
Drought Years: 7.5/10
09/18 - Clutch
09/19 - BMTH
09/20 - Fuzz and Fire 2
09/22 - RA/TA/Radkey ?
09/23 - Crowbar