Kentucky rockers, Too Close To Touch, are shining their brightest while shedding light over life’s trials and tribulations throughout their second studio album, ‘Haven’t Been Myself’. Lead singer, Keaton Pierce, encountered a major hardship that collectively struck a chord amongst the band that was translated into a work of musical art full of rock and roll heart and soul. I caught up with bassist, Travis Moore, to discuss what is in store for Too Close To Touch in 2017, ‘Haven’t Been Myself’, growing up in Kentucky, tattoos and more.
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First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Too Close to Touch?
I’m Travis Moore and I play bass for Too Close To Touch. We’re a Five piece alternative/rock band from Lexington, KY.
Tell us the story behind the title for your 2016 second studio album release, ‘Haven’t Been Myself’.
‘Haven’t Been Myself’ is all about the wear and tear of life and how you deal with it. Our singer Keaton also was faced with a personal tragedy — the loss of a little sister, which I know was a major source of grief that he was eventually able to draw inspiration from. With all of this going on, it’s easy to lose track of who you really are. And that’s where we got the title ‘Haven’t Been Myself.’
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
My favorite piece is my chest — the words “Sing unto him a new song”. It was my first tattoo and it was kind of out of the blue. I didn’t really know what to expect from the whole experience. I assumed she would draw something just like a normal script tattoo, but she took a different approach. She added different shading and lines to make it stand out from other script tattoos. It was really awesome to see an idea I wanted taken to another level. I couldn’t have been more stoked on it.
Any fellow Epitaph labelmates that you are really diggin’ at the moment?
Letlive and Architects have always been two of my favorite bands. Fake History is one of my all time favorite albums.
How has growing up in Kentucky influenced your artistry?
I honestly think it’s made me more open minded. Growing up surrounded by horse farms, you don’t find a ton of people that really live the same life style as we do. Whether it’s Drake or Luke Bryan, I’ve grown to appreciate it all.
Your music video for “Sympathy” is an artistic masterpiece. Where did you guys draw up the conception for the video from?
“Sympathy” deals with the haunting insides of loss, and the hopeless nature people can sometimes take on in the wake of that. There are three different influential people in the video- a priest, a doctor, and a parent. They each represent a person that you turn to in times of loss and pain. They attempt to “rub off” their influence in the video and provide comfort to Keaton. In the end though, Keaton is the only one who can pull himself out. He has to know he can make it.
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What do fans of Too Close to Touch have to look forward to over the next six months?
Not a whole we can reveal just yet, but we’re doing our very first co-headlining tour and then much more touring! Playing more places/countries we’ve never played before, so we’re all very excited.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I would love to collab with Jesse Rutherford from the Neighbourhood. Him or Halsey.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I just want to thank everyone so much for all of the support. We couldn’t do what we do without our fans. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.