Entries tagged with: Pianos Become the Teeth
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Vincent Rizzotti
Long Island fuzz punks Soda Bomb have a new LP on the way titled Wanna Jam? due out April 7 via Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World Media. We've got the premiere of the video for "Brainbuster" (shot & edited by Colin Bonilla), a catchy blast of slacker/stoner lo-fi that fans of Wavves should definitely check out. Watch, and see the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Soda Bomb have a handful of shows in their hometown area coming up too. The first is a free show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (2/27) with Have Mercy, Banquets, Republic of Wolves and Heeney.
They're back in Brooklyn on April 3 at Aviv with Vulture Shit, Show Me The Body, Flagland, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers.
And finally, heading to Connecticut for the unfortunately sold-out Broken World Fest with label heads The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), I Kill Giants (reunion), Glocca Morra, Joie De Vivre, John Galm (ex-Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death), Told Slant and more.
In the midst of all that, they'll be heading out on a tour with Mumblr which includes a TBA Brooklyn date on April 24. Full dates/cities schedule for that tour, with the new video and album info, below...
Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Baltimore hardcore band Whenskiesaregray have a few EPs out, and they're now set to release their self-titled debut LP on March 31 via Mayfly Records. The album was produced by Mike York, guitarist of fellow Baltimore band Pianos Become the Teeth, and if you like early Pianos, you'll most likely dig this band too. We've got the premiere of the album's new single, "We Passed Each Other Quietly," which you can listen to below.
As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.
That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...
Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ at Baby's All Right 10/25/14
Mimi Hong shot a bunch of shows for us this year, and now that 2014 is coming to a close, she's gone through her pics and submitted a list of her 14 favorite photos she took in 2014. That's one above, and you can check out the rest (along with her favorite LPs) below...
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.
Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...
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...