Last week, I had the chance to catch up with Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré, ahead of their Australian tour with Turnover (check that out here). I was really looking forward to their Sydney show at the Factory Theatre, as genre-wise, both bands are quite different. This was my first time seeing both bands live, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Upon arriving at the venue, I already had the feeling that this was going to be a great show. Fans crowded the merch stand; eager to pick up a piece of their own personal memorabilia from the show, whilst others sat socialising with their friends as the venue began to fill up.
The impressive four band line-up was kicked off by local act Rumours, then followed by Sydneysiders Endless Heights. After strong sets by these Sydney bands, it was Turnover’s turn to take the stage. They opened with Cutting my Fingers Off, a track from their 2015 release, Peripheral Vision, which immediately encapsulated the audience with its soft and dreamy sound. Front man Austin Getz didn’t move much, but that didn’t really matter. There was something about the way his soft vocals were complemented by Danny Dempsey’s melodic bass lines and Casey Getz’s rhythmic drum beats. Set highlights included New Scream, Hello Euphoria, and a clear crowd favourite, Take My Head. Turnover’s set was dreamy, atmospheric and left the entire crowd in a great mood.
It was then time for the band everyone was waiting for; Touché Amoré. They kicked off their set with Flowers and You, the opening track from their 2016 release, Stage Four. Front man Jeremy took the stage with confidence, smiling as he paced around the stage to the beat of Elliot Babin’s drums. The song began soft and melodically, then suddenly broke into a heavy beat as the crowd began to passionately sing along and finger point whilst moshing. Just one song in, and the mutual love and appreciation between the band and their fans was crystal clear.
“We’re Touché Amoré from Los Angeles, California!” Jeremy exclaims, right before jumping right into the band’s next track, ~. It doesn’t take long to see that Touché Amoré are the type of band that give it their all. Their music is passionate and emotional – and their fans thrive off it, mirroring the band’s emotions and giving back what they give them. At one point in the set, Jeremy asks the sound and lighting crew to dim the lights so he can see the crowd and leans into them, giving fans in the front row a chance to sing along into the mic. During Amends, they all scream in unison, “for what it’s worth I’m sorry”. Later, Jeremy jumps into the crowd, singing along with the band’s eager fans during the track, Rapture.
Jeremy thanks the audience, saying, “this is the most people we’ve ever played to in Australia…thank you very much”, right before the band jumps into their second last track of the night, Honest Sleep, taken from their 2009 album, …To The Beat of A Dead Horse. The crowd goes crazy over this one, with multiple people crowd surfing and Jeremy jumping into the mosh for a second time. The band closes with the ever-anticipated, Gravity, Metaphorically – one of many highlights of the night. The crowd doesn’t sing along, but instead passionately screams along to Jeremy’s emotionally charged vocals. An entire crowd screaming, “it was the first time in a long time that I felt alive”, is definitely something I won’t forget.
Overall, Touché Amoré did not disappoint. Their set was emotional, atmospheric, heavy and therapeutic – all at the same time. If you haven’t already, check out their fourth album, Stage Four, which is out now.