Wednesday, December 30, 2009

new website

we have a new website we'll actually update.

and a merch site

Friday, June 12, 2009

Pre-Order up for "... to the beat of a dead horse".

From the 6131 Page.

11 song debut LP from Los Angeles', Touche Amore. There are three colors available for order. If you order all three we will do our best to get you all three colors. The colors are the following, and listed from most limited to the least limited: Black Grey Rust/Brown All orders come with a CD of the record. THIS IS A PREORDER. PREORDERS WILL BEGIN SHIPPING IN JULY.

Click Cover Art To Order


1) Now It's Happening In Mine
2) Honest Sleep
3) Cadence
4) Throwing Copper
5) Swimming With Sharks
6) History Reshits Itself (Feat. Geoff Rickly of Thursday/United Nations)
7) Suckerfish
8) Broken Records
9) Nine
10) Always Running, Never Looking Back (Feat. Jeff Eaton of Modern Life Is War)
11) Adieux

Write Up by Geoff Rickly:

Hailing from Los Angeles, Touche Amore set themselves against the glamour and greed of their hometown culture with "...To the Beat of a Dead Horse", the passionate debut LP/CD set for release in July through 6131/Collect Records.

In the last year, Touche Amore have become of vibrant part of the flourishing West Coast hardcore punk scene, successfully bridging gaps between subgenres. By playing their explosive and sincere music in every basement, VFW hall, club and space up and down the West coast, along side hardcore torchbearers Killing the Dream, Trash Talk and This is Hell as well as like-minded, discordant bands Ampere, Comadre and La Quiete, they have brought a feeling of togetherness and positivity to a scene they love. Unafraid to play their emotionally charged fury in front of uninitiated crowds, Touche Amore has even shared the stage with upbeat pop-punk bands such as Broadway Calls and folk-punk heroes Fake Problems making close friends along the way.

"...To the Beat of a Dead Horse" marks a real turning point in the life of the band. By focusing melodic and dissonant guitars on tracks like opener "And Now It's Happening In Mine", the band --made up of Tyson White, Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt-- craft perfect backdrops for singer Jeremy Bolm's raw-throated stories of corrupt politicians("History Reshits Itself"), exhausted nights("Honest Sleep") and existential loneliness("Suckerfish"). Where TA's demo 7", on No Sleep Records, was full of promise, "...To the Beat of a Dead Horse," never feels fully realized: the guitars bend and weave but always maintain their drive, the rhythms are frequently off kilter but never off-time and the vocals are screamed at the edge of breaking up but they're always exciting, pleasing even. This record was completed not compromised.

The record features guest vocals by Thursday's Geoff Rickly and Modern Life Is War's Jeff Eaton. It was recorded by Alex Estrada at Earth City Studios and Mastered by Paul Miner(Suicide File, New Found Glory, Unbroken).

West Coast Hardcore powerhouse, 6131 Records(Alpha&Omega, Swamp Thing, Bad Seed) has teamed up with Geoff Rickly's new vinyl-only Collect Records(United Nations) to release this record in a beautiful duel LP/CD package.

After a spot on this year's Sound and Fury festival, the band will be touring extensively in support of "...To the Beat of a Dead Horse," with dates along side friends La Dispute and Thursday among many others.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Okay, so major apology for not keeping up with this. I'll assume you realize we finished our recording :)


The album titled " the beat of a dead horse" will be out in June sometime. Still waiting on an actual release date. It will be released through 6131 Records with some help from Collect Records. We're very proud of it and we hope everyone enjoys it.

We'll be going on a West Coast tour in August right after Sound & Fury. Booking is in the works but we'll be playing Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and of course California.

We will be playing across the country and out to the East Coast in October and back. So expect a big tour around then. Feel free to help us out with booking that thing too, cuz it's going to be rough. La Dispute will be joining us for a lot of this in support of our 7" together.

Planned future releases:

Touche Amore + La Dispute - Collaborative 7" on No Sleep Records
Touche Amore/Olin and the Moon - Split 7" on Melotov Records.

Check out those other bands when you get a chance, they're incredible.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


We're currently in the studio recording our 11 song LP entitled "...To The Beat Of A Dead Horse". It's being recorded by our friend Alex Estrada at

I'd love to post the real track list, but since I'm a terrible procrastinator, I have yet to title all the songs properly. It sounds absolutely amazing thus far.


The night before anxiety kicked in worse than it's been in months. I came into the studio with 90 minutes of sleep in my system. Clayton picked me up at 10:00am for our 10:30am studio rendezvous. Z and Alex had already arrived and were starting to set up. We came baring caffeinated gifts and looks of excitement to get this thing underway.

I suppose now is as good of time as any to let everyone know that Z is no longer in Touche Amore. He was nice enough to agree to record. We don't have anyone lined up to replace him at the moment, but when it comes time to start that journey, we'll make it known.

Anyways... So Alex and Z knocked out all 11 songs in 4 1/2 hours. The drum sounds/tones are insane! This is seriously off to the best start possibly. Tomorrow Nick will do bass followed by Clayton doing his guitar tracks.

Friday, November 7, 2008


THERE IS ONLY ONE 7" + Shirt Package deal left (includes the last Clear 7") and it's for an XL shirt size. Once it's gone, it's gone.

We're sold out of Clear vinyl online. But we'll have the rest with us at shows.

We just recorded a cover of the song "Blister" from Jimmy Eat World to appear on a compilation for Glory Kid Records along with Ghostlimb, 7 Generations, Restrained, Final Fight, and The Sunset Limited to name a few.

Two new videos posted on our main page of our full set at the Glasshouse Record store last month. These were done by our awesome friend Chris Avis.

We're hoping to be recording our 12 song full length in January to be released on Collect Records.

Also hoping to hit up the entire West Coast (Up to Washington) in the coming months.

Check out DEADHEAD

http://www.myspace. com/deadheadpunks

This is Clayton and Jeremy's new side band.
Up the Punx!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

An important and inspiring read.

Article from Geoff Rickly,

There is a vacuum in the center of our music culture. Whatever the genre — metal, punk hardcore, dance, pop or rock — the trend remains the same: leave your beliefs at the door. Our 21st Century promise seems to be that of a society in the advanced stages of decadence and social apathy. Not only has our music been stripped of any message that it might have had, but it’s now packaged as being “beyond message” — irreproachable in its indifference.

In the recent past, bands as diverse as Fugazi, Megadeath, Pearl Jam and Ministry all had songs that raised questions about political corruption, social inequity, personal responsibility and artistic freedom. Today, we see artists more concerned with friend requests on MySpace or wanting to “shake it” than with the problems of our lives. This isn’t to say that there’s not a place for celebration, joy, silliness and fun in pop music. That would be a frightening vision in its own right. We just have to ask ourselves, if we’re not facing the big issues then who are we leaving them to? Politicians? Lobbyists? Maybe it’s time to quit f—ing around and wake up.

Where did it all go so wrong? Although there seems be be a cavernous gulf between the glory days of Dischord Records to the vapid careerism of today’s mall-centric punk and nu-hair-metal, the transformation took place in less than 25 five years. Were we all tired of being earnest? Was sincerity unflattering? Was a compassionate world merely a naive dream or is it something that we killed with in-fighting and ego-stroking?

It’s quite possible that the dialectic of our progressive music movement was responsible for its own demise. The conversations in ‘zines and at shows resembled the discourse of a University debate rather than the concerned talks at a town meeting. People were discussing the politics of language instead of volunteering at soup kitchens. Arguments over patriarchy and masculinity took precedence over starting women’s outreach centers. The intellectual one-upsmanship became a rhetorical nightmare; many young kids came to shows energized and ready to start making a change and left feeling drained and humiliated. In short, we liked to talk about the revolution more than we worked for it.

Our own philosophies have been used against us. Canadian ’70s media theorist Marshall McLuhan once famously contended: “At the empirical level of consciousness, the medium is the message, whereas at the intelligent and rational levels of consciousness, the content is the message.” As a counterculture, the underground punk movement simplified this message to “the medium is the message” or “the music is the message” and adopted it to mean that the message and music were one and the same and wholly indivisible. It seems obvious now that the shortened version isn’t the same. It’s missing an essential word: content.

Various groups, including The Nation of Ulysses and Refused made a study of the aesthetic of revolution, and so did many underground artists such as Sheperd Fairey and Banksy. These artists explored the links between advertising, propagandizing, evangelism and philosophy. As a subtle and complex exploration of art, commerce and humanity these artists were very successful. Unfortunately, this may have been an important turning point in our culture — the point at which the image replaced the message.

In the years since, we’ve been given bands that retain the sound and image of our counterculture but forget the politics and leave out the distasteful bits of reality. If Milemarker and Q and Not U put some dance into modern punk, it wasn’t so that they would be replicated sans-politics by third rate impostors being blasted in every Urban Outfitters or American Apparel. There has been a domino effect: Political punk gets more accessible, accessible punk gets less political, punk becomes completely apolitical and irrelevant. The tiger has been declawed and we’re all wasting time in our twenties pretending not to care about anything but ourselves.

Recently, the magazine Adbusters, published an article railing against “hipster culture,” saying, “We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality.” While this may be true, we need to investigate how we got to this point. We have to face facts. We have let the “hipsters” down. By not presenting a counterculture movement worth caring about, we’ve railroaded them into a subculture of not caring. We need to reach out to our DJ friends and organize events that are socially conscious. We need to inject a sense of urgency into all our mediums of expression. It’s not like all hope is lost. Le Tigre has made feminism danceable. Verse put out, in the form of a record called Aggression, a political protest you can feel, not just think about. Darkest Hour and Lamb of God are continually blasting a message into the headphones of metal lovers around the world. And everywhere in the world, kids are starting bands in their basements and they are pissed off.

We have been attacked repeatedly as a generation and as a demographic. We have been derided because of our looks and attitude. At the end of the Adbusters article, the writer, Douglas Haddow, tellingly concludes, “I take a look at one of the girls wearing a bright pink keffiyah and carrying a Polaroid camera and think, ‘If only we carried rocks instead of cameras, we’d look like revolutionaries.’ But instead we ignore the weapons that lie at our feet –oblivious to our own impending demise.”

Pretty glum. He writes something so insidious here, it’s easy to miss: “…if only we’d carry rocks… we’d look like revolutionaries…” Maybe looking like revolutionaries isn’t enough anymore. We have to start thinking like revolutionaries. The only sane response to criticism is activism. Let’s get active.

Friday, September 5, 2008

and so it begins...

We are currently recording a new demo as sort of a pre-production run for the full length that will be coming out sometime early next year. There's about 7 new songs and an 8th in the works right now. We will probably post a song or two from it as soon as it's done.

Our demo is on vinyl now through No Sleep Records. It comes out in stores in a week or two. You can still preorder it here

It's also available at:

We'll be playing our first Nevada show at the end of the month with our friends in Graf Orlock. Come get shitty in Vegas with us.