Not one to lean too much on the deeper meanings of his music, lately, Touché Amoré frontman Jeremy Bolm has had quite enough of that. In new release Stage Four, Touché Amoré have taken a strong stance of determination and forthrightness. Bolm is in fact incredibly proud of the production and skill gone in to make this album a nail-biting and cutthroat release and to listen to it, the enigmatic frontman has every reason to be proud.
You’re kind of been through the ringer in the last couple of years, personally. How much of that are we hearing in Stage Four? Are you trying to push through your doubts and uncertainties in life?
It seems you may be singing about some epic disenchantment with the current state of the world in your new album.
I think for us, it's like anyone who feels like a sense of disenchantment it's impossible [not to talk about]. Our songs tend to be about, not us being so great or videos or music saying the same message, it’s about being honest about who are as people and what we think. We try and bring it down to a personal level about how it [all] affects us, relationships, of how we have acted in a good way, to be honest about that. We're not like these morose downers, we love to throw parties and have fun with or friends and we want our music to be reflected by that.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this new release and the album hasn’t dropped yet – how are you feeling about all the positive reception coming your way?
So far it's been well received and [we’ve been doing] lots of PR stuff - it's honest and so many people have been the same way - the album isn't out yet. We've had great praise which is always great.
What sort of things have people wanted to know about the new material?
It's been differed from place to place - like in the U.K. they're talking about the sonics or production stuff. Recently we were in Paris and Berlin and had a few interviews and there, lots of people were talking about how our songs have a political message - generally across the board, it's hard in this day to not comment on what's going on but that's only one aspect of what we do with our address.
Actually, in terms of production, can you tell me a bit about what you guys do to create your [kind of] sound?
We write lots of songs in different ways but I feel like we have a unique sound, we wrote most of our songs using Ableton [music production software Ableton] to start with, and through the genesis of that it allowed us to be really creative. Because it was the main program, I could write all the different parts, we could all do different things and it was kept very simple.
So you took a much heavier focus on the production for this album?
The interest for us was the production, it was a big influence for us, especially dance music, so as the songs evolved and it came to being in the studio, the transition from that to use analogue synth was a huge for us and it was important for us to use because it sounds so completely different - that was a huge step and learning curve.
Analogue synth, dance music, metal – these are diverse draws. Do you know what it was you’re looking to communicate in your melody when you sat down to write?
I don't think it's like a conscious thing it's just a fact that we're all in to different music and all quite opiated and it seeps through in the songs - a lot of people have commented on the 80s influence which could be why the synth is how it is.
Bands like New Order, Pet Shop Boys, great electronic giants of the age, we've always listened to dance music. At some point we then transitioned in to wanting to being a band and not bedroom DJs which is hard for someone who's just using a laptop on stage - we wanted to transcend that stage. All these things just ended up just coming through.
TOUCHE AMORE'S STAGE FOUR
OUT NOW VIA EPITAPH RECORDS
with TURNOVER & ENDLESS HEIGHTS
WEDNESDAY, 5th JULY: THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE - LIC/AA
THURSDAY, 6th JULY: THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE - 18+
FRIDAY, 7TH JULY: THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY - LIC/AA
SATURDAY, 8th JULY: ARROW ON SWANSTON, MELBOURNE - AA
SUNDAY, 9TH JULY: CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE - 18+
TUESDAY, 11th JULY: FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE - LIC/AA
WEDNESDAY, 12th JULY: AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH - 18+ *
* ENDLESS HEIGHTS NOT APPEARING