Admit it, a lot of us are punk rock snobs. We consider The Clash, Exploited, The Sex Pistols and even Bad Religion the definition of punk, not these bubble gum pop-punk bands like Blink-182 or Green Day. Sadly, the younger generations are going to need one hell of an education to undo the damage MTV has done. Touche Amore is somewhere in the middle. The California-based post-hardcore quintet got together in 2007 and the youngsters cite influences that truly date them. Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten and Alice In Chains’ Facelift were among vocalist Jeremy Bolm’s top choices. In the nicest way possible, it’s surprising they didn’t end up sounding like a less innovative version of Mudhoney or Soundgarden. Instead, Touche Amore is more like melodic hardcore with bursts of screaming. Give them a chance next Tuesday when they play The Waiting Room in support of their sophomore effort, Parting The Sea Between Darkness and Me. (Kyle Eustice)

Touche Amore with Pianos Become Teeth and Seahaven, November 22, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit www.onepercentproductions.com for more information.


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