For Your Friends Booking Presents:
Single Mothers, Gouge Away
1812 17th St. N
Tampa, FL, 33605
"Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable" - Woody Allen
Although from the mouth of a famed comedian, it's difficult to overlook an epigraph that has the potential to resonate with so many people. This is not to say that everything on this planet is negative, as the quote suggests. It is to say, however, that a great many of us take a look around and ask, "When did things get so shitty?" This, of course, happens on a daily basis. Especially with us Americans.
Five of these inquisitive U.S. natives are sprinkled in amongst the other 3.8 million people who live in Los Angeles, California. Coming together in late 2007, Touche Amore (as the collective group is known) plays hardcore that aims at making their listeners aware of a few things that "ruffle the band's feathers"...so to speak. The quintet's sound has been linked to"traditional" screamo bands like Orchid, pageninetynine and Hot Cross, while also being called reminiscent of the more straight-up" approaches of outfits like American Nightmare, Curl Up & Die and even Jawbreaker.
With a healthy amount of shows already played alongside bands like Trash Talk and The Carrier, Touche Amore is now looking to the future: a dense schedule of performances in various states, and their debut release on 7-inch vinyl out this summer on No Sleep Records.
Looking to have fun in a city near you.
Often described as frantic, frenzied and outrageous Single Mothers exists upon the fundamental that live music should be an interactive experience. A typical Single Mothers show usually consists of sing alongs, crowd surfing, flying guitars and mosh pits. The sound itself is almost as fraught as the history of the band. Originally the brainchild of Andrew Thomson, the band set out to create loud catchy music and over it's course evolved into an amalgamation of punk, indie and post hardcore.
The band currently consists of Drew Thomson on vocals, Michael Peterson on lead guitar, Evan Redsky on bass, Justis Krar on rhythm guitar and Matt Bouchard on drums.
The sound takes root in fast rhythms and intricate drum work layered with powerful rhythm guitar and bass. the lead guitar is often melodic, dark and catchy while the vocals for the most part are harsh, anthematic and raspy. Lyrically the songs are characteristic of folk tales, as stories of drug deals, failed relationships and being broke are often reoccurring. The raunchy and sometimes offensive lyrics go hand in hand with the attitude and style of the band which possesses a great deal of irony as clearly represented in the band name. The mantra of the band will always be to have a good time and create enjoyable experiences both live and on recording with the hope of establishing an interaction between the listener and the band. They were formed in London, Ontario, Canada in 2009.
Formed in 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Gouge Away has developed their own style of emotional hardcore through their debut full length ", Dies" on Eighty-Sixed Records. After touring the states with Touche Amore, Ceremony, G.LO.S.S., and Soul Glo, and appearing at Rain Fest in Seattle, Wrecking Ball in Atlanta, and The Fest in Gainesville, Gouge Away has no plans to settle down.