Touche Amore and La Dispute are two of the best bands in hardcore music right now, so naturally it makes sense that at some point they would get together and create greatness. Well that’s exactly what this split gives you. Read on for my review, enjoy!
The split clocks in at just under 9 minutes and to be quite honest it is just not enough. With it only being 2 songs from both bands it really leaves you wanting for more. Both bands are some of the most honest acts in hardcore that I have seen and heard in a really long time. Touche Amore’s front man Jeremy Bolm sings throughout their songs as if he’s going from being abused to being the abuser. And quite honestly after I got to see Touche Amore earlier this year when they toured with Converge this is definitely the same feeling he invokes when they play live. The one thing that gets me every time with Touche Amore are the lyrics. The way they come off it really paints what they’re feeling. Apathy, anger, frustration and hope.
The B-Side belongs to La Dispute, which to me compliment what Touche Amore did with the A-Side. Their songs are a little bit slower but still get the message across. Their songs almost give a “build up” vibe and they handle keeping the rhythm of the split up. While their songs are longer than Touche Amore’s you do not feel bored at all and kinda wonder what just hit you.
As of now the split is only on vinyl and is completely sold out. It will be available on iTunes come October. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a copy (coughMEcough) than you already know how cool the 7″ is. If this review interested you at all both bands have other releases out and they are all awesome. No really, they are all worth your hard earned money. If this is the direction hardcore is going into than I welcome it with open arms.
4 out of 5 skulls