EP REVIEW: Too Close To Touch – I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 2

Release Date: July 11th 2019
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.tooclosetotouch.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tooclosetotouch
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Rating:

Kentucky’s Too Close To Touch are certainly out to show that a major line-up shift isn’t going to force them to stomp their foot down on the brakes productively or creatively.

Just a few months after shifting from a quintet to a trio, the band released a surprise EP titled ‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 1’ back in January, and now they’ve continued that saga with the release of ‘…Vol. 2’.

‘F.I.N.E.’ opens the EP with a bang, bringing bands like Sleeping With Sirens to mind, with its combination of heavy guitars and driving drums alongside Keaton Pierce‘s poppy vocals. Lyrically, the song describes overcoming bad mental health and celebrating imperfection, with the title of the song being an acronym for “Fucked up, insecure, no problem, embrace it all.”

‘Bedroom Hymn’ starts as a poppier and more gentle song, but it soon develops into a heavy and passionate chorus, and closing track, ‘Good Intentions’ starts with a chugging guitar before the synthesised drums and piano kick in with the vocals. The song gets properly amped to 11 with the heavy yet catchy chorus.

All-in-all, ‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 2’ feels darker and heavier than its predecessor whilst also somehow managing to feel poppier at the same time.