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...


Pianos Become the Teeth -- 2014 Tour Dates
Oct 28 The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA *
Oct 29 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY *
Oct 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA *
Oct 31 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY *
Nov 01 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL *
Nov 28 House of Blues San Diego, CA ^
Nov 29 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA ^
Nov 30 Marquee Mesa, AZ ^
Dec 02 House of Blues Dallas, TX ^
Dec 04 Warehouse Live Houston, TX ^
Dec 06 New Daisy Theatre Memphis, TN ^
Dec 07 Center Stage Atlanta, GA ^
Dec 09 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL ^
Dec 10 Revolution Fort Lauderdale, FL ^
Dec 12 Amo's Southend Charlotte, NC ^
Dec 13 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA ^
Dec 14 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA ^
Jan 14 Point Ephemere Paris, France
Jan 15 Jugendhaus West Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 16 Strom Munchen, Germany
Jan 17 Magnet Berlin, Germany
Jan 18 Scheune Dresden, Germany
Jan 19 Bei Chez Heinz Hannover, Germany
Jan 21 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
Jan 22 Schlachthof Räucherkammer Wiesbaden, Germany
Jan 23 Winston Kingdom Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 24 MTC Club Koln, Germany
Jan 25 JC Kavka Antwerpen, Belgium
Jan 27 The Exchange Bristol, United Kingdom
Jan 28 Nottingham Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jan 29 Audio Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jan 30 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Jan 31 London Underworld London, United Kingdom

* - w/ Frameworks, Gates
^ - w/ Circa Survive, Title Fight

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