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If one were to be transported back through time and space to the Lubbock, TX, music scene circa mid-1997, there would be many good bands to go see play on a hot Saturday summer night around town; from…
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If one were to be transported back through time and space to the Lubbock, TX, music scene circa mid-1997, there would be many good bands to go see play on a hot Saturday summer night around town; from the bouncy, acoustic-based college rock of Spinning Ginny to the death metal wild men of Black Obsidian, but with exception to the incomparable popularity of Spilling Poetry, perhaps no band showed more promise, was more talked about, or quite simply rocked the house more than Touch did each weekend in those days. Equal parts jazzy, spacy, psychedelic jam band and Zeppelin-esque hard rock powerhouse, Touch was something of an anomaly on the Lubbock scene; to put it lightly, they just didn't sound like anybody else in West Texas. Furthermore, the band's four members made up the very idiosyncratic pieces of a similarly idiosyncratic whole. From the pseudo-hippie lyrics of vocalist Daniel Morris to the Keith Richards-style cigarette that dangled nightly from the sneered lips of bassist Bjorn Anderson's mouth, and from the tripped out, heavily-chorused soundscapes produced by guitarist Brad Bogle to the mesmerizing ballistics of wunderkind drummer Keith Avant, nothing ever really seemed to make sense in Touch; and yet, when they were all together on-stage, it somehow worked so beautifully.

Formed in 1993 by friends Morris, Bogle, Kit Lindsey (bass), and Kenny Lachnicht (drums), Touch began life as a weekend rock band ostensibly not much different than many others around the area. However, once they actually started playing clubs, it soon became apparent to everyone that their talent and approach certainly stood out in the crowd. They continued to build themselves a reasonable following over the course of the next year and even released their own self-titled, self-produced debut album in 1994. In mid-1995, after almost two years together, the band nearly broke up when Lindsey and Lachnicht departed for college, but Morris and Bogle opted instead for a six-month sabbatical whereupon they would regroup and decide what to do next.

When the band reconvened in early 1996, the overpowering rhythm section of Anderson and Avant had been added to the roster, and the golden age of Touch thus began. With the new lineup, they quickly recorded and released a second album, Freedom Ring, which showcased their dynamic new sound. For the next two years, Touch ruled Lubbock alongside Spilling Poetry and earned a reputation as the best live band in town. Their album was selling out in the local stores, they were playing to crowds full of their large and rapidly growing fan base, and everything seemed to be right. Unfortunately, something must not have been because, by 1998, the band slowly started to play less and less until they were rarely seen at all, and then, under extremely mysterious and unexplained circumstances, they finally splintered apart and just sort of faded away. Since then, nothing much has been heard from any of the individual bandmembers, musically speaking. A very sad end for such a great band.