Too Close To Touch
Too Close To Touch EP
An EP is the music industry’s version of speed dating. Introduce yourself, show your best qualities, hope for a connection, and leave the other person wanting more. Well, consider this a pretty damn solid first date for Kentucky’s Too Close to Touch. The band’s sound is somehow both quite familiar and oddly refreshing. The EP presents a theatrical brand of modern alternative and post-hardcore. The band would fit in well on Rise Records’ roster with like-minded bands Hands Like Houses, Emarosa, and even Tides of Man. Vocalist Keaton Pierce is an obvious highlight, with his impressive tenor dominating the tracks. His voice hits that sweet spot between soulful and impactful, yet it lacks that annoying quality that Jonny Craig (and his ilk) is infamous for; this guy can really a tune. It also helps that Keaton’s lyrics are fairly smart and poignant, going for uplifting more often than cheesy and generic.
The rest of the band is no slouch, though there isn’t much you haven’t heard before. The music is technically impressive, yet the melodic nature is always at the forefront. At its current state, Too Close To Touch is still a bit too close (pun intended) to its contemporaries. If you’ve paid attention to the more melodic side of post-hardcore, Too Close to Touch is a no-brainer. They do what lesser bands try to accomplish. The EP is an always melodic, mostly driving affair where each of the four songs on here could be a personal highlight. The EP never wavers into slow-burners or ballads, instead preferring to go mostly full-throttle. Undoubtedly, lead single “The Deep End” is the best of the bunch, with a hooky pre-chrous leading into an absolutely soaring chorus. Even the expected scream-laden bridge is fine enough, though it does stutter the rest of the song’s impeccable momentum.
Too Close To Touch ultimately is quite successful on its debut EP. The band is pretty upfront with who it is and wants to be. If you like your post-hardcore to be uber-melodic, smart, and surprisingly aggressive, then you need to check out this EP. Each of the four songs is memorable and enjoyable. This could be the start of a great new band, if only they can fortify their identity just a tad more. (Nicholas senior)