Kip Moore has made a name for himself by mixing exterior toughness with an unabashed romantic side, tenderly wooing someone to spend his life with in “Hey Pretty Girl” and loyally waiting on an old flame in “Running for You.” But on “All Time Low,” the second song released from his new Underground EP, Moore’s done with romance and just wants to black out.
“If I’m being honest, I’m a whole new kind of sad / Because when you’re down this far, it’s a whole new kind of bad,” he sings in the opening verse, describing the heartbreak that led to his current parade of long-neck bottles, religious bathroom graffiti and too-happy song choices by the cover band in his dingy bar surroundings. The band adopts a funky, quasi-Outlaw rhythm for Moore’s minor-key blues: the guitars rumble ominously and a high-pitched organ adds an eerie tension to the proceedings. Moore isn’t happy in this place, but he isn’t happy anywhere so he’s decided to embrace it with nihilistic abandon. “This neon hell is my newfound home,” he concludes in the chorus. “My baby’s gone I’m at an all-time low.”
“All Time Low” follows last week’s release of “My Kind,” which deals more with the comforts of being around likeminded folks. Moore’s Underground EP will be available this Friday, October 28th. Currently, he and Jon Pardi are sharing the stage on the Me and My Kind tour, which visits Minnesota this week.