Pianos Become the Teeth celebrated ‘Keep You’ at The Studio at Webster Hall w/ Frameworks & Gates (pics & setlist)
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...
Pianos Become the Teeth