TOUCHE AMORE + SINGLE MOTHERS + GOUGE AWAY @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos by Patrick Do. Words by Neelofer Lodhy.
Touche Amore have landed back in LA after their month-long Stage Four tour as they complete the last two dates at The Teragram Ballroom. The first of the two evenings started with the floor of the venue quickly packed in as the band took the stage late in the evening and the crowd started slamming immediately at the sound of the first strum, giving Touche Amore a warm welcome home.
The LA-based band is still receving widespread recognition for their latest effort Stage Four, a year after its release. Inspired by a very personal recount of the passing of Jeremy Bolm’s mother who struggled with cancer, the album is the band’s most emotional record-to-date.
With a setlist that catered to a fan-base dating back to 2009, Touche Amore rolled out crowd favorite, post-hardcore bangers throughout the duration of their set. Fans jumped and screamed along with Bolm as he powered through impassioned Stage Four ballads such as “New Halloween,” “Flowers and You,” “Palm Dreams,” “Rapture” and “Displacement.”
Florida-based band Gouge Away have been making waves as one of the openers on this tour, gaining much traction from fans as well as high praises from Bolm. “They are one of my favourite bands and one of the most important bands in the scene right now, so please make sure you support them,” Bolm said.
Canadian natives Single Mothers seemed to have brought in a cult following as many who were in attendance jumped along and screamed with them throughout their set. The punk rock quartet whom have been on the scene since 2008 recently released their sophomore album, Our Pleasure, nearly three years after their initial debut.
Gouge Away is an impactful four-piece hardcore unit fronted by vocalist Christina Stijy whom manages to effortlessly douse and impress the crowd with her scratchy screams. Being a perfect addition to the tour, Gouge Away quickly picked up the energy and anticipation in the room.
Tonight City of Caterpillar and Thou will be helping close out the tour accompanied by a new set list.