LA-based post-hardcore band Touché Amoré are back with their fourth album (and first for Epitaph), Stage Four, the follow-up to 2013’s Is Survived By. “Palm Dreams,” the record’s lead single, is a sterling example of form — vocalist Jeremy Bolm scorches through two-and-a-half minutes of tension-beating, packing in at least four or five lines that beg to be screamed along with.
“When you lose someone, you also lose their side of the story,” Bolm told NPR of the track. “‘Palm Dreams’ was written around the realization that I never had a full understanding why my mother moved from Nebraska to California in the ’70s. I assume that because she was from a small town, her eyes were wide with the concept of Hollywood. I’m sure someone else in my family could tell me, but it wouldn’t be her answer. If this song inspires anyone to ask the questions they’ve never asked their loved ones, I’d call it a success.”
Also of note: Julien Baker features on the album’s closing track! Listen to the new one below.
01 “Flowers And You”
02 “New Halloween”
06 “Eight Seconds”
07 “Palm Dreams”
08 “Softer Spoken”
09 “Posing Holy”
10 “Water Damage”
11 “Skyscraper” (Feat. Julien Baker)
Stage Four is out 9/16 via Epitaph.