Touché Amoré release their fourth album ‘Stage Four’ today (September 16). Though the group are known for vicious riffs and thundering breakdowns, frontman Jeremy Bolm is well versed in indie and his tastes are a little softer than you might think, as you can see from the playlist he’s put together for us. We spoke to Jeremy about his origins with indie music and how it influenced their new record.
What kind of influence did indie music have on you when you started making music?
“I never had the confidence to make anything like indie rock. I feel like when you have limited capabilities, punk rock is probably your go-to, because it’s easier. If you want to be in Minor Threat, you learn three chords and then you can do it, it just feels easier and you can have a quicker output. I grew up listening to aggressive music but I feel like once you get older, it’s not so good for your mental state if that’s all you listen to.”
You’ve also picked Leonard Cohen for the playlist – how did you get into him?
“I only actually got into Leonard Cohen in, like, 2011. I had always been familiar with his name and the obvious songs like ‘Hallelujah’. But I feel like once you have an understanding of who he is, what he writes about and how challenging he can be and how daring he can be, you can find reasons to like some of the stuff maybe you wouldn’t normally like.”
Who are your favourite current indie band?
The National have kept me so excited. I think I got into them around the time ‘Boxer’ was out, when ‘High Violet’ came out I was just floored. At that point I was like, I don’t think I’ve heard a record this good in my life.
Would you ever want to do something a bit softer-edged with Touche or on your own?
“Yeah, I have those high dreams. It might be one of those things I would do with other people helping me. I’m singing more on the new album, so it might work it’s way into Touche in the years to come, we’ll see.”
Is it quite frustrating to be pigeon-holed as a hardcore band when really you’re very open to all of these different genres of music?
“I don’t mind. We hear people calling us metal – people have no idea what metal actually is. It comes with the territory. We’ll continue making the music that makes us happy.”