Entries tagged with: Pianos Become the Teeth
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 10/29/14
Pianos Become the Teeth released their excellent third album, Keep You, this week and brought their release week tour to NYC on Wednesday (10/29) at The Studio at Webster Hall. The place was packed -- if it wasn't sold out it was close to it -- and Pianos put on the best show I've seen from them yet. Following two screamo albums, Keep You is the band's first album since Kyle Durfey started doing clean vocals, and what first seemed like a jarring change has actually resulted in their best album yet. They played a lot of Keep You, and even though the album had only hit the internet nine days earlier, a ton of people knew every word. That's good too, because this is the kind of music that's cathartic to belt out in a room of people doing the same thing. Like much of PBTT's material, these new songs find Kyle grappling with the death of his father, and there's a real power to seeing him open up about it in his new clear-as-day singing style. They worked in a few older songs too, which really got the longtime fans going, and included "Hiding," the excellent song off last year's split with Touche Amore which foreshadowed Keep You and is as good as any track on it.
The openers were well-matched, each working with a different side of Pianos' sound. Gates had the atmospheric rock and soaring vocals of Keep You, whereas Frameworks brought the '90s-style screamo that Pianos had on their first two records.
More pictures of all three bands, including one of Pianos' setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth already released "Late Lives" and "Repine" off their new scream-less album, Keep You (due 10/28 via Epitaph), and they've now made the whole thing available to stream over at Pitchfork. Here's a bit of what we've already said about the record:
Though the stylistic change may be jarring to some, it's also resulted in some of their best material yet. Turns out vocalist Kyle Durfey has an excellent singing voice, one that's powerful, passionate and sounds great at the forefront of their sound.If you've dug either of the two singles, the full thing lives up and giving it a listen is highly recommended.
All dates are listed, with streams of the two singles, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Frameworks at Saint Vitus in August (more by Greg Cristman)
It's a pretty good year for modern post-hardcore bands covering early 2000s indie rock songs (yes that is a thing now). Following Touche Amore's take on The National's "Available," Gainesville rippers Frameworks have offered a cover of The White Stripes' "Fell In Love With A Girl." The cover appears on their upcoming split with The Saddest Landscape, due next week (10/7) via Soft Speak Records. It's part of the label's split 7" series which also includes the Radiator Hospital/Sorority Noise split which came out this week (9/30). Frameworks do the song well and they definitely make it their own. Check it out (via Kerrang) below.
Following the release of this split, Frameworks and The Saddest Landscape will hit the road together in Europe, and upon returning home, Frameworks will support Pianos Become the Teeth on their album release tour which hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets). That'll be the second time Frameworks tour with PBTT members this year, as two members of that band are in Frameworks' recent tourmates United Nations.
All Frameworks dates are listed, with a stream of the White Stripes cover, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Baltimore's Pianos Become the Teeth have signed to Epitaph for their third album Keep You (due 10/28), and after releasing it's single "Repine" they're now back with "Late Lives" which premieres in this post. We already talked about the fact that Pianos Become the Teeth stopped screaming, and though the stylistic change may be jarring to some, it's also resulted in some of their best material yet. Turns out vocalist Kyle Durfey has an excellent singing voice, one that's powerful, passionate and sounds great at the forefront of their sound. Lyrically, Kyle's moving as ever, and like much of Keep You, "Late Lives" is drenched in sadness. He doesn't explicitly mention death in this song, but he's sang about it before and those feelings are evoked again here. "How odd life would be if you had made it from Elmira to Kansas City," the song begins, and later on he sings, "Like you said, 'what the hell is the rush?' Well you, you're one to talk, gone a little too soon, but I know you hated being late."
Musically, Pianos are tighter than ever, but the post-rock inspirations they've always had are still intact. The song progresses from clean guitar and minimal drumming to a larger crashing crescendo, and it's heavy on the atmosphere throughout. Along with their pals in Touche Amore and La Dispute, Pianos are continuing to prove that there's still room for new, innovative post-hardcore, and "Late Lives" is one of their best examples of that yet. Listen below.
PBTT also have a previously-announced tour which includes a release week run with Frameworks and Gates and a leg of the Circa Survive/Title Fight tour. The run with Frameworks and Gates hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Full list of dates, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Micah E. Wood
Pianos Become the Teeth recently announced that their new album Keep You will be out on October 28 via new label home Epitaph, and put out the excellent single "Repine," which had them leaving their screamo roots for clean singing. They were already announced for the second leg of the Title Fight/Circa Survive tour, but not the NYC show happening 11/11 at Best Buy Theater. And now they've added a short record release tour with newer screamo band Frameworks and Gates that kicks off in Cambridge on release day and hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with the tour flyer and stream of "Repine," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Baltimore's Pianos Become the Teeth already have two of the best screamo albums in recent years with 2010's Old Pride and 2011's The Lack Long After (both on Topshelf). But last year, when they put out a split with Touche Amore, it featured the song "Hiding," which was sung entirely with clean vocals. When I first heard it, I hated it. Why would one of the best screamo bands around entirely ditch their style for something so much softer? But over time, my feelings towards their new sound shifted and "Hiding" became my favorite song the band had put out yet. When I saw them open for La Dispute, "Hiding" was my highlight of their set and the other clean-vocal new song they played made me even more excited for a new record.
That record's finally been announced, titled Keep You, and it comes out on October 28 via their new label home of Epitaph Records. "Hiding" isn't on it, but new single "Repine" is and it's got that same type of passionate rock that "Hiding" has. Something it's a little more similar to is Deja Entendu-era Brand New, and that's another band that has always ignored their previous sounds when making a new record. Check out the new track (via Noisey) below.
Pianos have upcoming tour dates, including Riot Fest, The Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and a run with Title Fight and Circa Survive. Unfortunately no NYC date at the moment, but hopefully one will be added sooner than later.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Title Fight at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Title Fight recently announced that they've signed to ANTI- for their anticipated third full-length album, and though details are still forthcoming on that, they've now just announced a lengthy tour for this fall. They'll be supporting Circa Survive on a run that hits NYC on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. Many of the dates are also with the great Pianos Become the Teeth (whose new album should also be coming soon), but unfortunately not the NYC stop. All dates are listed below.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
United Nations, the "emo powerviolence" band of Thursday's Geoff Rickly which also includes/included members of Converge, Glassjaw and Pianos Become the Teeth, have signed with Temporary Residence Ltd. (Explosions in the Sky, Young Widows) who will release The Next Four Years, their first full length since their self-titled 2008 debut, on July 15. No music has been released from it yet, but you can watch a video of them playing one of its songs "United Nations Vs. United Nations" at Saint Vitus, below.
Meanwhile, catch UN at The Fest this year if you're going. Cover art above. Video and LP tracklist below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Touche Amore at Santos in 2011 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Gainesville punk mecca The Fest recently announced its 2014 lineup and now many additional artists were announced, including Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Modern Baseball, Tiltwheel, The Sidekicks, Rescuer, Spraynard (reunion), Worriers, Three Man Cannon, Two Knights, Ben Nichols, Restorations, Placeholder, Enabler, The Weaks and more. Full list of additions below, and stay tuned for yet another announcement on April 21.
The new additions join previously announced bands Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Into It Over It, You Blew It!, Circle Takes the Square, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and more. Tickets go on sale on Sunday (4/20) at 4:20 PM.
Lineup additions below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mansions/La Dispute/Pianos Become the Teeth @ MHOW - 4/10/14 (via Erin OGrady)
Though it hardly feels like it anymore thanks to "Nirvana," there were other shows happening in NYC last night (4/10), including the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg stop of La Dispute's tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Mansions. I arrived there about halfway through Mansions, whose grungy power pop was sounding pretty good last night. I like them on record, but sometimes it's a little polished for my taste and I thought they really benefited from the absence of studio shine in a live setting.
Up next were Pianos Become the Teeth, who I've caught a couple times before but last night's show was easily the best I've seen of theirs. As much post-rock as they are post-hardcore, Pianos are an intense band to watch even if moshing and rushing the stage aren't your thing. Last night they previewed some material from an upcoming album (details TBA) which had vocalist Kyle Durfey singing as opposed to the harsher screams of their earlier material, not unlike he did on "Hiding" from their 2013 split with Touche Amore. The new stuff sounded great and "Hiding" had the crowd shouting along louder than any other song. Keep an eye on the new stuff from these guys.
Finally La Dispute took the stage, and though the venue had been full all night and each band definitely had fans in the room, they clearly felt like the "headliners" (which is still kind of amazing considering it wasn't long ago they played that same venue as openers for Hot Water Music). They've earned it though. La Dispute are an ever-evolving band who have cut their teeth relentlessly touring for years, and their newest Rooms of the House LP has some of their strongest material yet. The band mostly stuck to songs off that album, and though the new songs are less likely to induce moshing/screaming along, when the old favorites did come they actually felt overshadowed by the band's new direction. (Not that the crowd didn't freak out for "Andria" and "Said the King to the River.") And as with most post-Wildlife La Dispute shows, set-closer "King Park" remains a highly emotional live-show moment that still few of their peers are capable of.
La Dispute's setlist from MHOW and a video of "Woman (Reading)" from their Toronto show three days earlier, below...
Tickets to the Chuck Ragan show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today at 10 AM.
Matt Pond PA play Rough Trade on May 4 and Bowery Ballroom on May 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom starting today at noon.
Maximo Park, whose synthy new album Too Much Information just came out, will play Irving Plaza on May 23. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password is "earlybird").
After reviving NJ punk (or pop punk) festival Skate & Surf in 2013, it returns again this year on May 17 & 18 at Middletown Sports Complex. The lineup includes The Early November, Pianos Become the Teeth, Black Breath, Tiny Moving Parts, a few reunions like Midtown, Hidden In Plain View and Saosin with Anthony Green, plus DMX, and more. 2-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale March 18.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Michigan progressive post-hardcore band La Dispute picked the wrong year to stay on the quiet side, but fortunately that won't be true next year. They've announced that they'll follow 2011's Wildlife with their third long player, Rooms of the House on March 18 via their own new Better Living label in partnership with Staple Records. They recorded the album with Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure), and it will be released with a 48-page book, Yesterday's Home, which was written about the process of making the album and includes all of the lyrics as well. Some of the proceeds from the new record will benefit "causes advancing and encouraging youth involvement in the arts and music, such as all-ages spaces, creative workshops, programming, and education." No music has been revealed from it yet, but stay tuned. Album artwork below.
La Dispute have also announced that they'll be heading out on the road in the spring with the likeminded Pianos Become the Teeth, plus alt-rockers Mansions. That tour hits NYC on April 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth haven't announced any solid details on their own new album, but from the looks of their Facebook page we might be able to expect new stuff from them soon too. And if it sounds anything like their song on their split with Touche Amore (who are also touring), that'll be something to look forward to.
And meanwhile, you can catch Mansions in NYC this week when their tour with Their/They're/There and Birthmark hits Knitting Factory on Thursday (12/19). Tickets for that show are still available. Their newest LP, Doom Loop, came out recently and you can stream a track from that below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Bowery Ballroom - 11/29/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kingston, PA punks Title Fight came to NYC for a sold out Bowery Ballroom show last night (11/29), the second to last night of their tour with Pianos Become the Teeth, SIngle Mothers, and Tigers Jaw, which wraps up in Philly tonight. The band have done some branching out from the straight ahead punk of their early days on their new record, Floral Green, and that was immediately evident last night, having opened the show with the Hum-esque "Head in the Ceiling Fan." The results of that new album have been great -- they've gained new audiences and if you ask me, Floral Green is by far the best thing the band has done to date.
But new levels of success and a growth in sound haven't tainted the band's young punk spirit a bit. They put every ounce of blood in their body into last night's show and the crowd reciprocated. They churned out rockers like "Secret Society," "Frown," and "Leaf" to raised fists, shout-alongs, and flocks of people rushing the stage. And though I mentioned that I think the new songs are their best yet, when they played older cuts "Symmetry" and "27," the floor opened up and people went apeshit. Naysayers may argue that Title Fight just sound like Hot Water Music and Braid (and they do sound like those bands), but when your music is as genuine and emotionally charged as theirs, it's too hard to ignore.
Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth delivered a solid set as usual too, but the openers that impressed me the most were Ontario's Single Mothers. The band have been getting a bit of hype lately for their recently released self titled EP, but despite that, they bashed around on stage without any sense of entitlement. Their frontman (who sounds like a mix of Craig Finn and A-B Life-era Aaron Weiss) kept encouraging the crowd to go as nuts as he and the rest of the band were on stage. And to back his abrasive/flamboyant charisma, the rest of the band packed a huge punch of Dischord/SST post-hardcore n' roll, not unlike another hot new band, METZ.
Videos of Title Fight, Single Mothers, and Pianos Become the Teeth's full sets at their California shows, (via Cavis Tapes) are below.
Assuming this isn't a joke, this copy of Title Fight's Floral Green currently has bids of $50k with less than 12 hours to go. The record was one of a run of 150 (#45 to be exact) and dropped less than two weeks ago at the band's record release party on 10/19 in Warrior Run. PA. If that sounds like a lot, please keep in mind there's free shipping on this item.
The band is currently on tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Single Mothers, and have a clear tour pressing of the Secret Society 7" available at the merch table. 400 copies made, so pick one up and maybe you can get that Porsche you always wanted. NYCers can get their copy at Bowery Ballroom on November 29 (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Canada's Single Mothers (who we first wrote about HERE) all pull from different aspects of the post-hardcore genre, and the three bands will be bringing their individual stylings on tour together this fall. From Title Fight, expect it of the raspy-voiced Hot Water Music-esque variety, where Pianos Become the Teeth will bring soaring, post-rock-infused hardcore, and Single Mothers' Americana punk isn't too far removed from a heavier Hold Steady. You can catch the three bands in NYC when the tour hits Bowery Ballroom on November 29. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. Tigers Jaw is also on the bill. A list of all dates and the tour flier are below.
Title Fight are also set to release their new album, Floral Green, on September 18 via SideOneDummy. You can check out the video for the album's single, "Head In The Ceiling Fan," below, where you can also download the song in exchange for your email.
A list of all dates, tour flier, that video and widget are below.
photos by Johnathan McPhail, words by BBG
There's this awkwardness that I love at a hardcore show, the moment when a beloved band plays a new song. It's clear that the crowd wants to dance and go nuts (especially, in the case of Converge who have a rather large hit rate), but no one knows what to do. I can see the Converge-fan's thought process now:
Do I swing my arms now?
Is it time to make the pizzas?
Should I start pacing in circles?
Is this the break?
Is this the end of the song?
That awkwardness happened a few times at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th, when the Massachusetts band played with Pianos Become The Teeth, Git Some and Birds in Row. Converge's new tracks, not suprisingly, sounded exactly like you would expect (no left turns on these) and had names like "Aimless Arrow", "No Light Escapes" and "Empty on The Inside". Check out a video of the band performing "No Light Escapes" below. Of course it wasn't all about testing the waters; Converge also broke out the requisite favorites like "Eagles Become Vultures", "Concubine" and "Jane Doe" among many others (setlist below).
The confused Converge-fan will have the ability to get more familiar with the new tracks when the band teams with Rorschach, Indecision & Xaddax at Le Poisson Rouge on May 26th (!). Tickets are still on sale.
Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken for Stars)
As discussed, Converge will hit the road for a string of dates with Loma Prieta and Git Some. Loma Prieta (who recently released the great I.V.) isn't on board for the 4/14 date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (that slot goes to Pianos Become The Teeth - tickets), but the band has scheduled a date with Birds in Row (who we recently profiled) at Acheron on March 24th.
In addition, Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars) have some additional dates as well, including the previously discussed Morne/Swan King show at St Vitus on March 30th which they were recently added to along with NYC favorites Gang Signs. Tickets are still available.
In the meantime, Gang Signs have a few dates of their own in the coming weeks, including February 26th at Grand Victory with Sannhet, Tournament & Gentlemen and on March 9th at Saint Vitus with Hate Eternal (tickets).
All tour dates and some streams are below.
by Andrew Sacher
La Dispute at the Acheron in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
La Dispute will be going on a headlining tour of the US and Canada in support of it this spring. The tour will be supported by Sainthood Reps, All Get Out, and Balance and Composure. All dates and the tour flier are below.
The tour hits NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Artist presale tickets are available now for all dates. Presale tickets come with a poster (pictured below) designed by the band's bassist, Adam Vass. Ticketmaster tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.
In somewhat related news, La Dispute's friends Pianos Become The Teeth have a few upcoming shows including two in NYC. They open for post-rockers Caspian at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 24 with Tidal Arms and also open for Converge at MHOW on April 14 with Git Some. Tickets for the Studio show are on sale now and tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.
All dates, album stream, flier, and poster below...
Converge at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Converge have been grinding away on a new record, but will head out of their caves to play a string of mostly-Northeastern US dates with Loma Prieta (who we recently profiled) and Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars). That includes a stop in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th with Pianos Become The Teeth. Loma Prieta is unfortunately sitting out the MHoW date, but we'll let you know if they add another area show instead. Ticketing info for MHoW is forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Converge drummer Ben Koller will spend the days leading up to the tour as drummer for the mighty All Pigs Must Die. The band recently played Acheron with Seven Sisters of Sleep (who went on to play A389 Anniversary) and will hit Knitting Factory on March 9th as part of a round of dates with Narrows. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some video below...