So I’m sure you guys have seen by now that Touché Amoré and Balance and Composure have announced that they have new albums coming out this Fall. I’m incredibly excited ‘cos these are two of my favorite bands and although they’ve both done good jobs of putting new music out in the meantime, all it’s done is whet the appetite of fans for the two years since. Now I have two reasons to be broke (but still happy) at the end of the year.
I wasn’t into TA when Parting The Sea… dropped, but after hearing the album I fell head over heels for the fast pace, emotional depth, and musical aggression. The lyrics were almost quoting exact feelings I’d had prior to, and while listening and discovering my love for the album. Like many other people, I felt as if certain songs were written about or for me. The lyrics hit that close to home. Two years later and TA is one of my favorite bands, putting out more great 7”s than I can keep up with. Now that they’re one of my favorite bands I’ll be anxiously waiting for this new full length.
I got into B&C when I heard their half of their split with Tigers Jaw, and shortly after they dropped Separation which I randomly overheard at work (I used to work at Hot Topic). I liked their 4 songs from the split, and was getting into the random songs I heard from Separation so I ordered it. Once I went through it from start to finish B&C had basically become my favorite band. The soft, mellow, soothing side that would transform into this angry, grungy, screaming beast all the while maintaining beauty throughout had invaded my mind and stolen my heart. It reflected how I felt at that time in my life - calm, collected, hopeful on the outside, but confused, exasperated, and torn apart on the inside. I hadn’t been this excited for music since getting into Underground/Indy Hip Hop acts like P.O.S, Atmosphere, and Aesop Rock. Separation was all I listened to for a LONG time. It became my favorite album of 2011.
So now that I’m a huge fan of both bands, and now that they’ve built some history in the musical places of my heart I’m impatiently waiting to see where these new albums take them, and what direction they’ll take their careers.
I’m also trying to prepare my bank account.