Words & Photos by Joe Calixto
When I first heard of this tour (if you follow me on any social media outlet) I completely lost it. Seeing these three bands on a tour package was something my dreams were made of.
If you’re into hardcore or punk, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard or seen Touche Amore, and if you’re from Los Angeles then there is no way in fucking hell you haven’t heard or seen them. So five weeks ago, the TA boys decided to pack up their van and hit the road, playing some very intimate shows and bringing with them some deep cut jams from their catalog. The last time I saw them play was at the humongous Wiltern with Thursday. So seeing them play a smaller size venue (in comparison to the last one) felt very nostalgic to me.
Taken with them were Florida hardcore’s best kept secret weapon Gouge Away and Ontario rock ‘n’ rollers Single Mothers. The two bands have put out records through Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm’s record label, Secret Voice. So it was somewhat sort of a family road trip across the country.
The tour hit its final destination in the sunny, and surprisingly warm, Los Angeles. The set was the Teragram Ballroom in the heart of downtown LA.
I got there pretty early because there was no way in hell I was missing Gouge Away and as they got on stage there was already a good-sized crowd on the floor. The Florida quartet put on a very in your face set to get the night rolling, [laying songs from their full-length and their new EP. So if you know what’s good for you, GO LISTEN TO GOUGE AWAY AND BUY THAT RECORD.
Shortly after them, was the very “fun to watch” Single Mothers. The last time I saw this band was at Sound and Fury 2012. I loved them then, I love them now. These Canadians didn’t waste any time keeping the energy of the show going. They literally brought in a good ole fashion rock show. Although the tour is over, Single Mothers are still playing a handful of shows, so make sure to check out those dates.
Is there anything more I need to say about Touche Amore? I’ve seen this band so many times already and even did a feature on them just like this one I think seven times on this site. Anyway, TA played a set for the history books, mixing it up with songs from all four of their records. And the crowd definitely reacted to that pretty well. They even had Christina from Gouge Away come on stage for “Always Running Never Looking Back.”
In my opinion, that was a perfect way to end an incredible tour: surrounded by friends and family in their hometown.
On a more personal note, watching Touche play this particular show was extra heavy for me because this was the first LA show they played since Chris Avis passed. And not seeing him there filming or even just supporting TA was a very heavy thought. Jeremy celebrated him by wearing a Cavis Tapes Forever shirt and along with a few people in the crowd who I knew Chris, this show was celebrating the life of the one of the world’s most selfless human beings. We all miss you coach. Hope you’re getting some good footage up there. <3
“It was time this whole time”