Q&A with Keaton Pierce of Too Close To Touch

Epitaph Records' most recent signing, Too Close To Touch are hitting the road today with I Prevail and Chasing Safety in support of their upcoming debut full length, Nerve Endings, out March 24th. While the Lexington, Kentucky post-hardcore band is in their infancy as a group, that certainly doesn't mean that they don't know what they're doing. One listen to the heartfelt single, "Perfect World" or the emotionally charged track, "Hell To Pay," from Nerve Endings will prove just that. With a solid sound and artistic vision, Too Close To Touch are sure to take over the scene with this release. 

Pick up Nerve Endings on March 24th via Epitaph, and check out the full interview with vocalist, Keaton Pierce below!

Interview by Shannon Shumaker

For any of our readers who haven’t had the chance to check you out yet, can you tell us a little bit about Too Close To Touch?

Hey guys. I’m Keaton and I’m the vocalist of Too Close To Touch, a rock/post-hardcore band from Lexington, KY.  We’re about to release our debut LP ‘Nerve Endings’ on March 23rd via Epitaph Records.  We play the music we love and feel.

What is the music scene like in Lexington? Do you feel that it has helped shape the musicians you are?

Though the music scene here has died down a bit, it has definitely shaped who we are as musicians today.  It taught us to push through the hard times to reach the places you truly want to go.  We’ve gotten a good start on that.

With your new album, Nerve Endings dropping soon, what are you most excited about for this release?

I’m just excited for these tracks to reach peoples ears.  We put a lot of hard work into this moment that’s on the horizon.  It’s time for the world to hear what we’ve created.

I feel like the sound on Nerve Endings is really established, especially for your first full-length - was that something that you wanted to be able to accomplish with it?

Many hours were invested during our trips to the studio to truly define the sound we hoped to achieve.  I feel like we truly found the style and sound that is “Too Close” on this record and only strive to continue perfecting it throughout our careers.

When you were working on the album, did you have any “wow” moments in the studio? Are there any specific songs that you’re really excited for people to hear?

Brent of I The Mighty made a random cameo in the live room while I was tracking my favorite line on the record, on the song “Nerve Endings”.  I managed to pull a solid few takes out in a row and received some insanely encouraging words from him.  Between that and Erik’s constant motivational comments- I got a lot.  Oh… I can’t wait for you to hear the title track, “Nerve Endings”

Can you tell us a little bit about your single, “Hell To Pay”? I feel that the lyrical content on the song is really heavy.

The song recounts the actual story of my biological father leaving my mother, brothers, and of course, myself.  We were all young, but you can’t forget something like that.  I tell the story as a beacon for others who have encountered the same thing in their lives.

Did you have any specific messages that you wanted to get across or any goals in mind for Nerve Endings?

Nerve Endings is a collection of real life experiences that we felt compelled to share with the world.  I bare all lyrically and let it all out.  I hold nothing back, in hopes to break down the barrier that people surround their past, present, and future problems with.

How do you feel that you’ve grown as a band (or even as people) with this release?

I feel like we’ve begun to truly find ourselves as musicians with this release.  We put everything on the line and gave it our all, and it’s beginning to all pay off.  It’s reassurance that we made the right decisions for this release.

You’re also hitting the road with I Prevail soon! What has you most excited about thistour?

The opportunity to play in places we’ve never been before has us excited.

What would you really like listeners to take away from your music or your live show?

We want listeners to really embrace the honesty and pure emotion we put into both this record, and our live show.  Take a moment to truly feel the music and listen to the message.

Do you have any big goals for 2015? What is the rest of the year looking like for you guys?

We plan to constantly tour off this record as long as we can.  We’re making plans for both the summer and fall.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for reaching out!  We’re looking forward to meeting everyone out on the road this year!


Preorder the bands debut full length, Nerve Endings out 3/24, on Epitaph Records HERE


March 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar

March 19 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

March 22 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s

March 23 - Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works

March 24 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

March 26 - Wilkes-Barre, PA @ The F.M Kirby PAC

March 27 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

March 28 - Springfield, VA @ Empire

March 29 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

April 08 - Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s

April 09 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street

April 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

April 11 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

April 12 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem

April 15 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues (The Parish)

April 16  - Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)

April 17 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

April 21 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

April 22 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's

April 23 - Sauget, IL @ Pop Concert Venue

April 25 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

April 26 - Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse

April 29 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater

April 30 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

May 01 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache

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