Review – Georgia Corpe
Images – Bobby Rein
It’s a chilly night in Newstead as the all age masses flock to The Triffid to catch the return of US punk-hardcore legends, Touché Amoré. With the release of their latest record Stage Four, the bands first release under Epitaph Records, the crowd appears to be filled with many new fans, as well as the vets that would never miss a TA show. Joining them, Turnover (US), Endless Heights, and With Kings at Heart the night is set to be an eclectic hoot.
THE OTHER GUYS: TURNOVER
Known for his mellow, dreamy vocals, frontman Austin Getz strolls onto centre stage with fellow Virginian bandmates to give the antsy crowd some sweet melodic indie rock. The four-piece have made a habit of tagging along down under on the bill with their hardcore mate’s tours, having visited Brisbane mid last year with British rockers, Basement. Simmering down the nights fast-paced lineup, the Turnover fellas open up with cracker Like Slow Disappearing from their 2015 LP Peripheral Vision, and continue to roll into other songs from that absolute dream of a record. The fellas also managed to show off a couple of newies, including Super Natural, a song so perfectly contrasted against their old tracks whilst keeping to that classic Turnover sound. Although clearly jetlagged and pooped, the Virginian fellas nicely mellowed out the crowd right before a good anticipated head-bashing to the emotional brutality of Touché Amoré.
The Main Squeeze: TOUCHÉ AMORÉ
Drummer, Elliot Babin, and lead guitarist Nick Steinhardt, carry out the congregation with that unmistakably uncanny intro of high-hat and a sliding guitar riff to Flowers and You, before vocalist Jeremy Bolm pours out his heart on stage with passion and perpetual movement. As most fans are aware, Stage Four, the five-piece’s fourth record, centres around the heartbreak of Bolm’s mother’s passing and is a truly captivating and poignant piece of poetry for anyone who’s lost someone close. The beauty of that LP’s track-listing rolls on as they smash into New Halloween, before delving into older tracks like The Great Repetition and Art Official.
With his heart on his sleeve for the majority of the set, Bolm meets his emotions with relentless energy, running up to the barricade, sprinting from one end of the stage to the next all whilst keeping his rhythmic screams in check. Steinhardt’s energy also proves entertaining, busting sassy moves whilst he wails.
The fellas also know how to structure an impressive setlist; known for writing fast paced, short songs, a typical element of post-hardcore, punk-rock songs, the Californians manage to effortlessly transition between songs, ensuring minimal time is wasted and there being no dead noise. Bolm ensures the band knows their place, conducting everyone to come in on-time.
Bolm grabs his mic-stand in preparation to play one of the bands more “out-there” tracks, Benediction, a track that may start soft (or so we may think) as Bolm showing off his singing chops, before busting into one of their more emotional and hard-hitting tracks, causing bodies to fly across the room and the night’s first circle pit ensuing.
At the end of the set, Bolm shares with the crowd how much playing in Australia meant as it was the first place he played after his mother’s passing, an event that would spur on the production of Stage Four. *Chills*.