Posted in music on February 27, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Touche Amore @ LPR - 2/26/14 (via Robert Dodd)
Touche Amore

Touche Amore and mewithoutYou brought their co-headlining tour to NYC for a sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (2/26). This leg of the tour (which continues through early March), was opened by Caravels, whose blend of post-rock atmospherics, subtle technical tendencies and a vocalist who shouts more so than screams was an excellent primer for what was to come. The second band, Seahaven, wasn't totally my thing, but still a solid opening set.

mewithoutYou may not be as popular as they once were (the crowd seemed much crazier for Touche Amore), but they're veterans of the sound that bands like TA (and especially La Dispute) are currently doing, and they came off as such last night. As a live band, it feels like they only keep getting better, and their increasingly diverse discography gives them more and more to offer each time. We got "Bullet to Binary," a classic from their post-hardcore era, plus a handful of favorites from their beloved mid-period like "Nice and Blue Pt. 2," "Torches Together" and "A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains." But the newer material from 2012's unfairly overlooked Ten Stories shines as well, and sounds great mixed with the old.

Touche Amore took the stage after them, opening with the drum-less melancholy of "Praise / Love," and as soon as that song turned into "Anyone / Anything," LPR became a madhouse. Like any good Touche Amore show, the mosh pits hardly ever waned, and you could hear the crowd shouting over Jeremy Bolm at just about any given moment. Ending the show with "Honest Sleep" into "Condolences" gave him a final one-two punch of I-don't-even-need-my-mic songs, and on the other side of that spectrum, adding the post-rock build of "Non Fiction" into the set gave the band a chance to show they can be as powerful instrumentally as they are lyrically. Not a dull moment in their entire 20+ song set.

The Touche Amore/mewithoutYou tour continues for another week, and if you'll be in Austin for SXSW, you can catch Touche at the BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 with Against Me!, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Harvey Sid Fisher and more.

Check out Touche Amore and mewithoutYou's setlists from the LPR show, with a video of mwY playing "Bullet to Binary," below...


mewithoutYou - "Bullet to Binary" at LPR - 2/26/14

mewithoutYou - Le Poisson Rouge 2/26/14 Setlist: (via)
February, 1878
Four Word Letter, Pt. 2
A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains
East Enders Wives
Fox's Dream of the Log Flume
Torches Together
O, Porcupine
Elephant in the Dock
Nice and Blue Pt. 2
Bullet to Binary

Touche Amore - Le Poisson Rouge 2/26/14 Setlist: (via)
Praise / Love
Anyone / Anything
Just Exist
I'll Get My Just Deserve
I'll Deserve Just That
Art Official
The Great Repetition
Home Away From Here
Is Survived By
Non Fiction
And Now It's Happening in Mine
Method Act
Honest Sleep



Comments (13)

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Posted by Mr. FootFetish | February 27, 2014 1:05 PM

This was a great show but filled with a crowd of kids who didn't know anything except Is Survived By. If you disagree, I'd like to ask you if you've ever seen them before Is Survived By.. but I'd guess you'd just lie and say you have, because the difference in audience is night and day. I'm guessing this is because of "critical acclaim" their recent album has received (even though it's not better than Parting the Sea). I bet this is their one show to see Touche Amore.. next time it will be a better crowd. Either way, Touche Amore fucking killed it. Probably their best performance I've seen.

Posted by Pitchfork Sucks | February 27, 2014 1:32 PM

^ you're the man dude! You, like, know so much about music. I agree, nobody deserves to like this band but you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:37 PM

did you go to the show to watch the crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:38 PM

No love for Caravels? Fudgie the Whale was sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:42 PM

Cookie Puss FTW

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:47 PM

I was there and it was awesome.

Oh and Fuck D!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:51 PM

@1:32, to be fair that's your opinion. I know plenty of people who have been into the band since the first record and do think Is Survived By is their best. It doesn't really surprise me that this record is gaining them more fans, "critical acclaim" or not.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:57 PM

Was anyone at this show over the age of 16? Touche Amore is the the most corny band going. The singer's forced melodrama rivals American Nightmare-era Wes Eisold, and that's not a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:58 PM

I would say most people there were over 16

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:17 PM

@1:58 , I would say at the show was 16+ everyone was over 16. All 700+ people. You lead a cool life.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:52 PM

2:52- I don't understand the point you're trying to make. Did you get your word order confused?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 3:24 PM

Touche Amore has always sucked, but I respect that they did a 20+ song set. Didn't even know they had that many songs.

And I saw them in 2011. Do I win anything?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 4:42 PM

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