Live Review: Touche Amore w/Tigers Jaw and Dads
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA @ Zydeco
I think I’ve discussed on the site before that I grew up as more of a metal kid (in fact, I’m listening to Origin right now as I type this). So emo shows are not exactly something I’m familiar with. Regardless, as someone who’s getting into the genre I was excited to see my first one, and dressed the part as well as I could manage without plaid and thick rimmed glasses. It turned out relatively well, despite the terrible, godawful venue.
Dads (who my crew managed to snag an interview with through our local college radio station) was the first up, and absolutely blew my mind. They’re a three piece, with their lead vocalist on drums and other vocals being handled by the guitarist and bassist. The sound was great, creating an ethereal atmosphere when needed and being clear at every other occasion. Given the fact that all of the members were occupied on stage, the energy wasn’t as high as it could have been, but they did their best given their relaxed sound. Their interview clarified that were, in fact, not dads, but despite that slight disappointment they were a perfect opener.
Up next was Tigers Jaw, who most of the crowd seemed to be there to see. Much like Dads, I was losing my band virginity to them the first time at the show, so everything was new to my ears. They had a great sound as well and seemed to enjoy the crowd. So much, in fact, that when one fan was kicked out for crowdsurfing they actually convinced security to let him stay (yes, this is a truly shitty venue we’re talking about). The songs were simple, catchy, and fun, and although, like Dads, they weren’t particularly energetic about it, the music sounded great enough to make that a non-issue.
Last up was headliner Touche Amore, and unfortunately the sound took a turn for the worse. Jeremy Bolm kept signaling for his vocals to be adjusted, and everything was generally very muddy and too loud. Most of the crowd from Tigers Jaw had dropped out as well, leaving the amount of people up front fairly small in comparison. It’s a testament to the band’s talent that they managed to pull through and still deliver a compelling show, and the crowd that did remain were very into it: several people were kicked out for crowdsurfing despite the precedent that had been established during the last set for that behavior.
So overall, I was impressed with my first emo show, despite the known shittyness of the Zydeco (SIX DOLLAR RED BULLS? WHAT THE FUCK? Being underage sucks.). The first two bands were remarkable examples of their genre, and the disappointing sound of Touche Amore couldn’t hold them back from achieving some level of greatness.
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