Yesterday was my first weekday being fully self-employed and I only had three minor meltdowns. That may seem like a lot but honestly, I’m okay with that number but I still needed a show to remind me that this choice was the right choice for my life path. Thankfully, Touché Amoré was in town on Monday night and that band speaks to my soul in a way no other band really can these days. To say the timing was perfect as many other shows lately would be an understatement and although I was fresh off my final breakdown of the day, I felt energized and excited as I walked into the familiar Amsterdam Bar & Hall in Saint Paul.
The show started much earlier than I’m used to with California-based Scowl taking the stage right at 5:30 PM. I was instantly enamored with this young hardcore band. Vocalist Kat Moss instantly had me in the palm of her hand and I was stuck there throughout their quick opening set. Although they struggled to get the audience really moving, it was clear that they were having an effect on the audience as people trickled in having just gotten off of work or out of school. I got a sense of hunger from this band that I absolutely adored. It was clear that they had everything to prove but yet nothing to lose. There was an undeniable sense of energy from all of the band members but it was the way that Kat stalked the stage with an incredible sense of ferocity that really made the set stick out to me. My eyes are on this band. I expect huge things from them and truly hope they don’t wait too long before making the trek back up to the Twin Cities.
Touché Amoré’s set was a bit of a blur for me in the best way possible. After having the day I had had, I needed their tender yet aggressive music in my ears and needed that bass thumping through my soul. Nothing else mattered to me throughout their set other than just feeling their music and passion raging through my soul. There’s something about the way vocalist Jeremy Bolm performs that I truly can not put into words but will keep me coming back time and time again. Although I was in a room surrounded by people, I felt a connection as he performed every single word with an undeniable sense of passion and emotion attached to it. Just like I was feeling every note and word, he was too and it forms this odd sense of connection between you, the music, and the musicians that is something I crave every night that I go to a concert.
Touché Amoré has an extensive discography including six full-lengths and multiple EPs and splits yet somehow they curated their twenty-song set perfectly. My two personal favorites from the set were “Reminders” and “Flowers and You”. Both of those songs have just been hitting my soul so hard lately and seeing them performed live with Touché Amoré’s distinct brand of power and emotion on stage was absolutely everything I could have asked for for my Monday night and more. Although those were my favorites, there wasn’t a single song throughout their set on Monday that didn’t hit me just right and it definitely gave me what I had been looking for when I walked into the show.