As the holidays come to a close and we round out the end of the year, I'm sure you will able to think back on all the good times you've experienced: having a blast at your favorite show, spending time with your new significant other, or just hanging out in a living room with your best friends. Yet, you may find yourself reminiscing on some of the sadder moments, and that is exactly where Pianos Become The Teeth fit into the mix. The post-hardcore outfit released The Lack Long After in November of 2011, but the staying power and raw passion the band delivers is unprecedented.
Drawing much inspiration from vocalist Kyle Dufrey's personal struggle with the passing of his father, each song will tear your heart out in a struggling rage of catharsis. The thirty-seven minute long album is an extremely passionate roller coaster, bouncing back and forth between the chaotic and the quiet. Using a formula inspired by screamo artists, Pianos Become The Teeth thrash their way to the heaviest pinnacle, only to drop down the vibe to an ominous quiet then pull it back up again to a heavy close. Songs like "I'll Be Damned" and "Spine" feature more punch, whereas songs like "Liquid Courage" and "I'll Get By" use post-rock elements to draw out some of the most melancholy sounds you will ever hear. The dissonant guitars, heavy pounding drum beats and screeched vocals will pull at your heartstrings and leave you with a heavy heart, but it will definitely be worth it to hear one of the most energetic and passionate bands in the current post-hardcore scene.
The album Old Pride precedes The Lack Long After, but that does not make the material stale. Featuring live staples like "Filial" and "Pensive," the sound is in a similar vein; it's extremely heavy both lyrically and sonically, and is definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of the band's new material. Pianos also released a few splits and a demo, but the music on Old Pride and The Lack Long After are miles ahead in terms of musicianship and lyrical maturity. The old material is worth a listen for those that are curious, but it is no comparison to the band's amazing full-lengths that put other emotionally-driven hardcore bands to shame.
Point blank: Pianos Become The Teeth have some of the most heavy-hearted music you can listen to in the post-hardcore sphere, but the quality and superb execution also make the band one of the vital. Give them a listen, have a little cry, and begin the new year knowing that you've listened to one of the best bands in the genre.
Pianos Become The Teeth will release a split with Touché Amoré in January through Topshelf Records in digital form on January 8th and physically on January 22nd. The preorders haven't gone up yet, but in the mean time you can check out their merch on Topshelf's website here and on their personal merch site here. You can also stream their most recent releases on their Bandcamp.