Kentucky’s Too Close To Touch have been a little quiet since they reduced themselves to a trio in April of last year. It’s assumed that they’ve been cooped away working on their third full-length and follow-up to 2016’s ‘Haven’t Been Myself’, and though a new record is still yet to be seen, a surprise EP is here to tide us over.
Mixed by Mike Green, Rune Westberg, and Erik Ron, the brief offering, ‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 1’, sees the band in their reduced formation add a bit of a spin on their musical direction, tackling the classic pop-rock uniform across just three songs.
‘Hard To Love’ is a true angsty sounding track that kicks us off, and sets the EP up for immediate success. Keaton Pierce‘s vocals start rapidly, featuring a slight beat in the background. The chorus is loud, with drums and guitars taking centre stage. The strong vocals and melodies are accompanied by emotive lyrical content, something that appears throughout the entire EP.
‘Casket’ follows suit, with similar darker and more honest lyrics than Too Close To Touch have typically opted for before. With a steady beat and melody, this cut is on more of the poppier side than rock, making it radio friendly and a standout for fans of 5 Seconds Of Summer and even Walk The Moon.
This EP is characterised by a dark lyrical and instrumental energy that primarily draws upon the theme of rebuilding yourself in the wake of the destruction of a relationship. Presented with a profound intensity, each song takes us through the universal struggle of coping with and moving on from loss while reminding us that we’re not alone in our battles. It encourages us to focus our energy on all that we’re worth and to remember that no good can come from personal blame.
‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 1’ showcases Too Close To Touch‘s unique visual aesthetic, and their decision to refuse to let boundaries define them. Full of passion and raw honesty, it’s a helping hand in allowing us all to embrace the emotional.