Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm Talks Mortality, Unusual Bathroom Breaks

For Touché Amoré frontman Jeremy Bolm, creating the track list for an album is a lot like sex. But that’s only because he says making a mixtape is a lot like sex. “You have to start strong, then click it up a notch and then cool it off,” he says. “I think that’s a quote from High Fidelity, and it’s completely true.”

Ironically, the through-line of Touché Amoré’s forthcoming third album isn’t sexy in the least. As suggested by its title, Is Survived By, the record finds Bolm and his post-hardcore-playing bandmates reflecting on mortality. It’s a stark contrast to the seemingly giddy adventures the band has partaken in, as he details below. But one thing is for sure, whether he’s talking about the existential observations of his album or the surrealistic events Touché Amoré have endured (mainly involving cops and a lack of pit stops on the road), he hasn’t totally lost sight of the lighter side of things.

What’s the idea behind the line, “So much to consider, too much to grasp, to swallow mortality is enough of a task,” in the album’s lead track, “Just Exist”?

The overall idea of the record is how you’re going to leave your mark in this world and at the end of the day. You don’t have control over it, because certain people will see you a certain way. It’s sort of like doing your best to make your own mark and not have someone else make it for you.

You once said that writing lyrics was difficult for you. Was that true of this record?

Yeah, it was. I’ve gone through a lot of changes in my life. A lot of things that tried to bring me down, I’ve overcome. I’m in a much happier place these days. So in a way, it was kind of challenge. I’m not going to lie and fake something that isn’t true to have the same sort of lyrical concepts. This one was like me knowing I’m in a different place and delve a little deeper into places where I’m at in my life. The main one was my mortality.

What changes have you gone through in your life or what challenges have you overcome?

There are always things that bring you down. Different types of depression. Not feeling like I really had a place that I felt comfortable at for myself.

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