Touche Amore/La Dispute - Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World

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Post-hardcore, Screamo
No Sleep Records
Touche Amore/La Dispute
Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World
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As an album reviewer, I could easily spend this opening paragraph bitching and moaning about how bland and trendy post-hardcore has become over the years, but that would be a disservice to both Touché Amoré and La Dispute. In a world where most heavy bands look and sound exactly the same, there is nothing more refreshing than seeing bands like Touché Amoré and La Dispute distance themselves from the proverbial mold. Does it contain mauling breakdowns and the most guttural screams you will ever hear? Well, no. Instead, it is brusque and vicious in a different sense. The bands could have easily covered up their songwriting inequities with more gain, more bass and more shredding, but instead they have astutely crafted material where all elements, even the seemingly minor minutiae of ones, work as a strategic unit to create an aura of heaviness. Some of the split’s climactic moments do not even contain blistering guitar work or high-octane tempos; they can be as simple as La Dispute’s vocalist Jordan Dreyer whispering his poignant lyrics. Though limited to only four tracks, Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World should be an adequate enough wakeup call to a genre that desperately needs one.

Touché Amoré has the honor of carrying the torch first with the aggressive and short  “I’ll Get My Just Deserve.” Vocalist Jeremy Bolm weaves a tale of struggle, as evidenced by the lyrics, “But now I’m at the top/ Searching for a pulse in this lifeless city is less a quest it’s wishful thinking.” If you haven’t gotten the hint by now, Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World is not your average split; it embodies the idea of collaboration in every imaginable way. In addition to introducing the lyrics that comprise the first part of the split’s title, “I’ll Get My Just Deserve” features guest vocals from La Dispute’s Dreyer, who immediately bestows his with wit when he utters, “I’m not as clever as my words/ But I’m a sly as a thief/ I’m as open as a casket with my fears and my beliefs.” “I’ll Deserve Just That” juxtaposes its predecessor by slowing down the tempo and opting for cleaner tones. Consequently, Bolm’s vocals and lyrics are thrust firmly in the spotlight. However, Bolm never falters and does well for himself, exuding genuine and powerful emotion through his screams.

While Touché Amoré perform admirably, La Dispute are clearly the belles of the ball. Their first offering, “How I Feel”, is the standout track of the entire split, pounding the audience into submission. Lyrics are once again La Dispute’s strength as Dreyer painfully relates, “I say a drink might help me sleep/ I say/ I don’t sleep much at all these days/ I say it’s cold/ Besides/ I’m broken.” Jeremy Bolm makes his own guest appearance with harsh screams that contrast Dreyer’s vocals well. After battering you black and blue, La Dispute’s second contribution proceeds to rip your guts out, using Dreyer as a focal point. The lightly arpeggiated guitar serve as a silver platter, displaying the contents of Dreyer’s heart and soul as he unveils it. In haunting fashion, he saves his most heartwrenching lyrics for last as he sadly croons to conclude the split, “And if my heart just stops/ Pack my memories in it/ I want to know all the love I’ve got/ And if my heart just stops/ Keep me alive for a minute/ I want to know if a curtain drops.

Unless you were previously a fan of both bands, Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World might be one of your best new finds in 2010. The only complaint related to the release is the production quality. It is not bad, but better production could have allowed these tracks to ascend to even higher heights. If you have affinity for heavier music, this split is a must listen. Even if you don’t, it is still worth a try if you enjoy well-crafted music that actually stands for something. It may not have hooks to hold on to or sweet riffs to rock out to, but this split is a fine package. 

1. I'll Get My Just Deserve
2. I'll Deserve Just That
3. How I Feel
4. Why It Scares Me
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