Post-Hardcore bands come together to make magic


Five out of five stars.

What happens when two legendary post-hardcore bands come together to make a split EP?

Magic. That’s what.

“Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World” is that EP, a joint effort between the two astounding post-hardcore giants Touché Amore and La Dispute, released on July 27, 2010.

“Searching/Worth” is a four-track extended play, and that’s all it needs. Each track is a beautiful cacophony of La Dispute’s Jordan Dreyer and Touché Amore’s Jeremy Bolm’s melodic screams and the beautiful instrument work of both bands.

If you aren’t familiar with either of these bands (which you probably aren’t), their music changes from fast-paced drums and guitars to slow and mellow parts in the middle of songs. Even though it does this, it hasn’t got old, even through a Touché Amore concert.

The first two tracks are from Touché Amore, entitled “I’ll Get My Just Deserve” and “I’ll Deserve Just That,” and the last two are “How I Feel” and “Why It Scares Me” from La Dispute. Each track is under four minutes long, with three of the four being under three minutes long. However, each song tells a story, like every song by both bands.

Clocking in at a measly 8:55 minutes, it isn’t the longest album, but each second is an experience to be savored and enjoyed, and the album is like a delectable three-course meal that is enjoyed to the fullest when devoured (or, in this case, listened to) all at once.

Five out of five