photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
PBTT / TWIABP at LPR - 8/22/2015
Former Topshelf and current Epitaph labelmates Pianos Become the Teeth and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die wrapped up their tour together in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge (8/22) over the weekend. It was an early show, with openers Take One Car taking the stage at 6 PM for a set of their mewithoutYou/La Dispute-style post-hardcore, but even at that early hour there was a decent-sized crowd. Turnover were up next to shift the vibe towards ethereal jangly pop, which worked especially well with their light show (really everyone's light show was on point that night). Catch Turnover again on their tour with Basement.
TWIABP have an anticipated new album due out in a month, though they chose to play none of that. Instead, they put on the most gorgeous set I've ever seen them play. They have a slightly updated lineup for this tour, which includes three guitarists, a violinist, a keyboardist and more, and a total of four members sing. Like any of their shows, they're all stuffed onto a stage that's too small and you usually can't see every member at once, but what a beautiful wall of sound they make. Their post-rock climaxes and atmospheric interludes were in full force at this show, peaking with set closer "Getting Sodas" that had even more people join them on stage (members of Take One Car) for the song's group vocals.
Pianos Become the Teeth were at least as excellent, and also a massive-sounding band (though with a few less members). They opened with "Hiding" off their 2013 Touche Amore split, which may be their best song to date, but that didn't mean the set peaked early. We got most of the best songs from last year's Keep You and a few old favorites that got the mosh pits going, and the band were tremendous the whole time. As musicians, they're impossibly tight (especially that drummer!) and singer Kyle Durfey is as sincere and passionate as you could ask for. They looked like they were putting just about everything they've got into that performance, but they somehow made it look easy too. It was an amazing show.
Pianos Become the Teeth will be on the road again with The Menzingers, mewithoutYou and Restorations, which is yet another fantastic bill. That tour hits NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
More pictures from LPR, below...
Take One Car
The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
Pianos Become the Teeth