Too Close To Touch have announced their final album, For Keeps, out March 8th via Epitaph Records. Over more than ten years and two full-length releases, the band continuously earned praise for their skillful musicianship and intricate arrangements that highlight each member’s technical ability. The glue that held them together throughout it all was beloved frontman Keaton Pierce, who met his untimely death in 2022. For Keeps is the final keepsake of Keaton for the band and fans.
Today, Too Close To Touch released the album’s lead single “Control” alongside a satisfying music video chronicling the meticulous process of artist/director Whit Flint painting the album’s artwork. The band has also shared a mini documentary where guitarist Mason Marble and drummer Kenny Downey sit down to discuss the significance of the record and what it means for the future of Too Close To Touch. Watch the new video and the doc below.
“‘For Keeps’ is our last gift to the Too Close To Touch community,” Mason explains. “Too Close To Touch would never have existed without Keaton and will not exist without him in the future.”
“To be able to give it closure is a blessing,” Kenny continues. “To have this much of him left, his lyrics and emotions captured… not a lot of people have that.”
A play on one of Keaton’s many nicknames (“Keeps”), the band reveals that ‘For Keeps’ is the final keepsake for themselves and fans. Encouraging listeners to “keep close and let the record change them in whatever way they let it,” this last catalog entry ensures the preservation of Keaton’s legacy.
Last fall the band unearthed single “Hopeless” in observance of Keaton’s birthday. It was also their first posthumous offering of the late frontman, featuring vocals from The World Alive’s Telle Smith. “Sourced from a library of unfinished and unreleased material,” Too Close To Touch dip back into that untapped library in For Keeps, honoring Keaton for the powerhouse vocalist, frontman and lyricist that he was.
For Keeps Tracklisting:
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