Touché Amoré is, as Against Me's Andrew Seward puts it in this video, "hot shit." In five years, the Burbank, CA post-hardcore band has released three albums and eight EPs and attracted a fervent fan base. In this interview with Noisey, the first of Seward's new "Sound Off!" series, Touché Amoré take us on a tour of their hometown and talk about The Aquabats, guitarist Nick Steinhardt's gig designing Selena Gomez album art (no, really), public nudity in Germany and much more. Watch above.
Taking Seward to a local burrito joint, the band explain how they first came into contact with current drummer Elliot Babin. Apparently, they asked Trash Talk's old drummer, Sam Bosson, if he knew of any other drummers, and he recommended Babin, who he had met years ago on an online Aquabats forum. After thanking the costumed Ska band for indirectly influencing Touché's decision to reach out to him, Babin then describes his experience with "milking" in Germany.
Milking, if you're not aware, is a popular trend (or meme) that involves publicly pouring milk all over oneself, preferably while naked. While on tour in Germany with Converge, it appears that Babin went the whole nine yards onstage, and then promptly began researching Germany's laws on public nudity for fear that he might be arrested. Footage of this event is included in the video.
The last chunk of the video involves Touché taking Seward to a backyard with a pool, drinking Tecate and showing him all of their tats. Guitarist Clayton Stevens expresses his love for tattoos that mean nothing, and Babin shows the camera two Wingdings-inspired pieces on his body, as well as a penguin saying "Hace Frío" on his left buttock (see below).
With this first episode, Sound Off! seems like it will be a fun, low-key way to interact with punk and metal bands who might initially intimidate some people. But this just goes to show that despite the screaming, Touché (and others) are down-to-earth, genuinely friendly people. Future episodes of the series are set to feature OFF! and Deafheaven, so stay tuned. Head over to Against Me's Zumic artist page to hear Seward's musical contributions to the world, and buy Touché Amoré's fantastic 2013 LP, Is Survived By, from Deathwish Records.
Source: Noisey Official YouTube Channel