Words & Photos by Joe Calixto
It takes a lot of effort just counting from 1 to 1000. Now imagine playing actual shows from 1 to 1000. That’s exactly what Los Angeles hardcore quintet, Touche Amore just accomplished. On February 16, 2018 the band played their 1000th show, after 10 years of being a band, in front of a sold out crowd at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The night began with a performance from Warm Thoughts (who everyone might know as the other project of Touche Amore drummer Elliot Babin). Warm Thoughts may not be so active with playing but they announced a new record coming out soon, and based off their performance, it doesn’t even sound like they don’t play often. Definitely got the night going.
Another band that graced Los Angeles with a rare performance was Self Defense Family, playing shortly after Warm Thoughts. I absolutely love this band and I am stoked that they were included on this show.
So I guess there is a theme here because the next band after SDF was a crowd favorite and yet another band who have been out off the radar for a while. Grand Rapids own La Dispute flew across the country and brought the house down with a performance to remember – also hinting fans with a new record that will be out possibly this year.
Finally to cap the night, Touche Amore took on the stage for the 1000th time, in front of all their friends and family, in their hometown. Right off the bat TA dropped some major bangers and with a setlist (or more like a hit-list) of all their best jams, including songs from both splits with Self Defenese Family and La Dispute. A total treat indeed.
On a personal note, I’m glad I’ve seen this band grown from playing house shows to playing the biggest stages around. These five guys are some of the most hardworking and nicest people I know and I am honored to call them friends. And getting the chance to photograph them countless of times throughout the years is such a treat. Thank you for everything and congrats again boys! Hoping for 10 more!
Also, one more thing, Chris Avis, I know you were there watching, filming, having the best time. We all miss you coach. #CavisForever
I PLACE BLAME ON THE GOLDEN STATE. MY HEART LIES IN LOS ANGELES.