Touché

Touché

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopEDM

Touché reinvents the dancefloor anthem.

Biography

Alex Lilly and Bram Inscore have a task every time they write music together – to find the place where their psyches overlap. This territory holds some fairly hallucinogenic and esoteric ideas, but the themes explored in the music of their new duo Touché are as classic as those you would find in a sci-fi love story: lust, obsession, fate, human inadequacy and the struggle for control.

Bram and Alex always knew they should start a band together. The two first met as teens in San Francisco, and though they shuffled through the typical high school high jinks together, they never got musically curious with one another until years later with Touché.

After moving to LA on separate whims, they were fortunate enough to be enlisted by their modern idols. Bram toured and recorded as bassist and keyboardist with Beck, Thurston Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier and is currently playing with Twin Shadow. Alex played keys and sang back-up with the Bird and the Bee, Ry Cooder, and Nick Lowe. She’s also a recent addition to The Living Sisters and toured her own creative prog-pop outfit, Obi Best.

In Bram's prefab studio, the duo teamed up to write, record and produce their debut album, "It's Fate." Their close but combative friendship naturally led to a competitive writing process. What emerged were anthemic pop pieces darkened by the desires of the human heart and sharpened by some personal politics. Alex Lilly and Bram Inscore reinvent the dancefloor, crafting tracks built upon Giorgio Moroder-esque sequences, humanized with girl-boy harmonies, provocative lyrics and jagged guitar shredding à la Fripp - all futurized by rhythmic experimentation. 

Touché has already been whipping locals into a frenzy with shows at L.A. hotspots: The Echo and Echoplex, the Satellite and The Standard, sharing the bill with MEN, Active Child, Daedelus, Jonti and more. And their not-yet-released single, "Bad Dreams,” has received some love from KCRW's Anne Litt. 

Lyrics

Men Change

Written By: Touché

Everyone knows you can't stay young forever
We can't bathe in the fountain of youth
I know that we're in this together
And so I hate to be the one to break it to you

Men change

You think that you're not getting older
I think you're in for a surprise
You think you look better, you're just bolder
Cuz nature doesn't take sides

Men change

Who are you you act like Donald Fagen
Dating girls only under 22
You get disappointed cuz they don't know anything
But you are old, what's your excuse?

Men change

So cry when you look at your reflection
The man you see is not your boyhood friend
Everyone must face the final curtain
I hope you've got someone to hold your hand

Men change

Everything He Wants

Written By: Touché

Everything He Wants

He is the king's only son
A self-serving patron
We built his empire brick by brick
He's turning money into magic
He wants to put his dreams to the test
For how long is anyone's guess
They say that rich boys have no soul
Touché, there is an art to making heads roll

Everything He Wants

Hands to the bone working under the sun
All for one man's vision

As we're building up his empire brick by brick
He's playing with the colors turning money into magic
He is the king's only son
A self-serving, self-loving, soul-searching patron
People want to see his masterpiece
The court gathers 'round, "quiet Please"
As the curtain goes up, start the drum roll and don't tell them rich boys got no soul

(Okay...)
Everything He Wants

Snow White

Written By: Touché

Snow White

You bring me back to life
Sometimes I take a bite
You bring me back to life
You bring me back to life

Zuup!

You taste it on my lips
This fruit is poisonous
I wish I could resist
But you bring me back to life
You bring me back to life

Zuup!

Sometimes I take a bit
Sometimes I am Snow White
I was Snow White that night
But you bring me back to life

Late at night, I have an appetite
I'm going to eat right through the apple core

Bad Dreams

Written By: Touché

Do you dream when you close your eyes
Is it make-believe or truth in disguise?
Visions chase you all through the night
When we go to bed you run for your life

While we are sleeping, I feel your beating you try to put up a fight
Tossing and Turning, these dreams are burning holes in our lives
I'm gonna make it right

Nightmares be gone, and shadows run
My baby needs peace tonight
Bad guys be good and Darkness, be light
Cause my baby needs his sleep tonight
Villains are cowards, fire become flowers
My baby needs peace tonight
Evil try to be good, Wrong try to be right
Cuz my baby needs his sleep tonight

Bodies offered up to the sky
Looks like a Mayan sacrifice
Earth is shaking, sky turning red
There's no escape from these thoughts in our head

While we are sleeping, I feel your beating you try to put up a fight
Tossing and Turning, these dreams are burning holes in our lives
I'm gonna make it right

Nightmares be gone, and shadows run
My baby needs peace tonight
Bad become good and Dark become light
Cause my baby needs his sleep tonight
Villains are cowards, fire become flowers
My baby needs peace tonight
Evil try to be good, Wrong try to be right
Cuz my baby needs his everloving, refreshing beauty sleep tonight

I'm A Man Not A Machine

Written By: Touché

They're in the bedroom
Searching for power
He's feeling obsolete
In her electric hour

A new design
New competition
He feels he's not enough
The girl is on a mission

I'm a man not a machine

The superman
Have lost their power
They're feeling obsolete
This is our brightest hour

Muscles of envy
Replaced by tiny wires
You're not moving fast enough
And that's all that the world requires

I'm a man not a machine

Light breaks I swear it's fate
That my legs might break but I'll still be running faster

Big Fan

Written By: Touché

big fan
i like what you do
big fan
maybe I'm just like you

i'm a big fan
and a dreamer too
hanging up photographs of you

tiny hearts are beating in time
to your song, just because
my heart is waiting for a sign
then I'll believe that you believe in us

big fan
making little moves
big fan
tell me am i getting through?

understand me
like i understand you
i can't stop writing you haiku

Discography

"I'm A Man Not A Machine" (KCRW airplay on Chris Douridas's show)
"Bad Dreams" vinyl single (KCRW radio airplay on Anne Litt's show)
"Bad Dreams" Indie 103.1 airplay
"She's A Black Cat" co-write with The Sweet Hurt (KCRW airplay)

Debut album, "It's Fate", out early 2013.

Set List

Bad Dreams
Everything He Wants
Lock and Key
Pray 4 Us
I'm A Man Not A Machine
Big Fan
Men Change
Snow White

Our set ranges from 30-45 minutes