Album Review: Haven’t Been Myself by Too Close To Touch

Too Close To Touch released their latest album on September 23, Haven’t Been Myself. Too Close To Touch is a rock band from Lexington, Kentucky composed of Keaton Pierce, Mason Marble, Thomas Kidd, Travis Moore, and Kenneth Downey. Their journey to the ears of listeners began in 2012. Too Close To Touch was their first EP released by Epitaph Records in 2014 and Nerve Endings was their first full length album released in March of 2015 by Epitaph Records. Too Close To Touch got exposure playing at Vans Warped Tour in 2016 and won “Best Underground Band” in this year Alternative Press Music Awards. Haven’t Been Myself is Too Close To Touch’s second full length album released via. Epitaph Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “What I Wish I Could Forget,” “Crooked Smile,” and “Sympathy.” This album release was acompanied by the music video for “Sympathy.” The track list is as followed:

  1. Sympathy
  2. Crooked Smile
  3. What I Wish I Could Forget
  4. Translate
  5. Miss Your Face
  6. The Art of Eye Contact
  7. Modern Love Affair
  8. Inside Voices
  9. What A Shame
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Eiley

Pierce lost his three year old sister, and the album is nothing short than emotional pulling at your heart strings. Pierce has an amazing rasp in his voice displaying a sense of urgency, anger and sadness. The songs “Miss Your Face” and “Sympathy” are emotional by the way Pierce creates a raw vocal. Too Close To Touch has such heart-wrenching lyrics that pull at your heart strings in the right way. The album is great, and doesn’t stray away from their previous sound of their prior records. Their prior records were great, but Haven’t Been Myself truly reflect the band’s drive, emotion, and overall composition.

You can pick up a copy of Haven’t Been Myself from your local record store, purchase the album on their website, download it from iTunes or Amazon, and stream from Apple Music and Spotify. You can catch Too Close To Touch opening for Crown The Empire this fall. Ticket information can be found here.

In other news, As It Is made public that they are releasing a new album okay. on January 20, 2017 which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, Mayday Parade announced an anniversary edition of Tales Told By Dead Friends that can be pre-ordered on iTunes, the release of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade/ Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) released today, and The Maine will be playing tonight at Webster Hall in New York City one last time in 2016. The Maine is having the first ever 8123 Fest in Phoenix, Arizona celebrating their 10 years as a band. Tickets for The Maine can be found here. Panic! At The Disco released the music video for “LA Devotee” and information on a United States tour in 2017 with MisterWives and Saint Motel. Ticket pre-sale is on September 26 at 10AM.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria

***This weekend, I will be an extra for Real Friend’s music video. Would you like to hear my experience about being an extra in next week’s post? Let me know by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia

Here’s a picture of the guys of Too Close To Touch and myself at Warped Tour!

This Week’s Music Updates

Here’s a list of updates that happened this week!

  1. Sykes released their music video for “Younger Mind” on Tuesday.
  2. Eisley released their first new song in three years. “Defeatist” will be one of the many tracks featured on Eisley’s fifth full length album that is set to be released in 2017.
  3. Twenty One Pilots publicized their cover of “Cancer” originally performed by My Chemical Romance.
  4. Taking Back Sunday announced the new song “Death Wolf
  5. Touché Amoré debuted their album Stage Four today via. Epitaph Records today.
  6. Taking Back Sunday made public their album Tidal Wave via. Hopeless Records today.
  7. Young Guns released their album Echoes via. Universal Music LLC today.
  8. This Wild Life started their “Low Tides Tour” on September 14th in Los Angeles, California. During Movements set, a fan tackled Patrick Miranda (lead vocalist) off the stage.
  9. Ice Nine Kill has embarked on the anticipated “Hell In The Hallways Tour” on September 9th. They announced this week that there will be a “Part 2” to the tour with Sirens & Sailors, It Live It, Breathes, Assuming We Survive, and Reckless Serenade as their opening acts.
  10. As It Is finally revealed that their post “Please Stand By” is going to be a production by Happy Co. They released a photo via. social media with the words “I Don’t Think That I’m Okay” with the date “XX.09.2016.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Album Review: Low Tides by This Wild Life

This Wild Life is back at it again with a second full length album that released today. Low Tides can be purchased on their webstore, Amazon, iTunes and at your local record store. You can also stream their album off of Apple Music and Spotify. This Wild Life is a pop-punk acoustic duo from Long Beach, California composed of Anthony DelGrosso and Kevin Jordan. Both DelGrosso and Jordan created this album with the help of Aaron Marsh of Copeland and Jason Suwito of Sir Sly producing Low Tides. The 10 song compilation has four singles released by the band, “Pull Me Out,” “Break Down,” “Hit The Reset” and “Falling Down.” Each music video has a unique, artistic style to it that’s whimsical. The list of songs for the album is:

  1. Hit The Reset
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Break Down
  4. Let Go (Feat. Maya Tuttle)
  5. Just Yesterday
  6. Fade
  7. Falling Down
  8. Red Room
  9. Change My Sheets
  10. Brick Wall

Prior to the album release, Jordan and DelGrosso live streamed a new song off of the album every night on Facebook. It was refreshing to see a band being so passionate to show their new songs on a different publication and live of course. Seeing their live streams helps display the talent that both men have.

Now, my judgement on the band is a bit clouded (there’s the pun) about the band, but I can hear talent. This Wild Life is so distinct for their acoustic sound and emotionally touching lyrics, and their album does not fall short of excellent. From the emotional ballad of “Break Down” and “Just Yesterday” to their more upbeat pop-like song “Falling Down,” their variety as a band and evolution shows within this new album. The instruments of “Falling Down” is what makes this track different from other others on the album. It’s nice to hear drums and a more upbeat tempo, similar to “405” off of Clouded. The fact that This Wild Life has each track transition into each other beautifully. This Wild Life has influences of Copeland with the stringed instruments, something that gives me chills. This is one of my favorite albums released this year by a band.

This Wild Life will be touring in the United States in honor of their album being released. This Wild Life will headline and have Movements and Have Mercy open for them. Be sure to pick up tickets to your local This Wild Life show if you’re interested. Ticket information and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, As It Is has posted a photo on Instagram saying “Please Stand By” which has many confused but excited. Also, Green Day released a second song, “Revolution Radio,” off their upcoming album Revolution Radio.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria

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All Time Low’s New Song

Surprise! All Time Low released a new song yesterday. The new song, “Take Cover” is a live version that will be featured on All Time Low’s new Straight To DVD II. Straight To DVD II will be released on September 9th that displays All Time Low through the years and their experiences as a band as well as live concerts.

“Take Cover” sure does not disappoint. All Time Low’s iconic pop rock rhythm is what every fan loves to hear. It’s a formula that has brought the band the fame and fanbase they have. The song starts with Alex Gaskarth, lead vocalist, singing with his voice sounded muffled. The song escalades with the help of Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson and Zack Merrick’s instrumentals. Visually the video has an interesting layout. All Time Low has two small visual “screens” with a black background showing their tour life and fans. The footage is in black and white giving the video a more vintage feel.

All Time Low is still touring across the United States with Blink- 182. Ticket and tour information can be found here. You can pre-order their Straight To DVD II on All Time Low’s website. You can purchase their deluxe version and receive two CDs, 1 new song and a 72 page photo book that is limited to 5,000 made worldwide. The DVD is due via Hopeless Records.

In other news, Twenty One Pilots won a VMA award on Sunday, This Wild Life is live streaming a new song every night on their Facebook page and A Day To Remember released their new album Bad Vibrations.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria