Pianos Become the Teeth told us their top LPs of 2014, playing Long Island w/ Title Fight, Defeater, Superheaven, Give, more
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...
Pianos Become the Teeth's Favorite Albums of 2014
- Porter Robinson - "Worlds" (Mike)
I am a big fan of EDM music, but the thing that really blew me away on this record was how much passion was put into the writing and recording it. Porter used to be a much more "festival" DJ but this record sounds much more like an M83 record than say, Adventure Club or something else that he has been linked to before. No "drops" or anything, and I love how much of a brave move he made by making something like this rather than going the easy route and making a festival banger. Tons of ambience and somewhat melancholy and super catchy through the whole record is what made it my album of the year.
- Future Islands - "Singles" (Mike)
Being a band from Baltimore, I have heard tons of things about Future Islands but it wasn't until this record that it really struck me. With moves like Morrissey and the emotive feeling of so many post punk bands, this record really struck me.
- Saintseneca - "Dark Ark" (Chad)
An atmospheric indie/folk record with lyrics that are reminiscent of neutral milk hotel at times. Great composition and production make this gloomy record my album of the year.
- Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Chad)
With this release Mark Kozelek continues building his legacy as a top notch story teller and song writer. Major themes on this record include: death, sex, morality and an assortment of tragedies. The perfect record for a grey winter day.
- Ryan Adams - s/t (Zac)
Ryan Adams is one of my favorite musicians and this album is the perfect representation of him as a songwriter, it's dark, it has pop hooks, it has alt country and it has classic rock. It's perfect!
- The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams (Zac)
A couple years ago on tour together, Drew from Single Mothers found out how much I loved Bruce Springsteen. He told me how much I would love The Hold Steady. After one listen to Boys and Girls in America I was hooked. This album is great and an album that I feel represents them so well as a band. A great Rock and Roll record.
- Ryan Adams- S/T (Kyle)
Perfect representation of him as a song writer. His voice just sounds so clear. Perfect night driving record.
- Emma Ruth Rundle- "Some Heavy Ocean" (Kyle)
This record sounds amazing and just has a very haunting feeling to me. One of those records where everything falls into place and each song goes where you wanted it to.
- At The Gates - "At War With Reality" (David)
I've always loved this band and to hear something new from them was a wonderful surprise. I love the riffs and the drumming on this record. I just love the sound of this band. This record sort of takes me back to when I first discovered them and that's why I love it so much.
- Lights - "Little Machines" (David)
Lights is more of a favorite artist that I discovered this year from my good friend Lukas, but also its an amazing record. The first time I heard it I got hooked. These songs are so catchy. It's very chill and puts me in a better mood when I listen to it.
Pianos Become the Teeth -- 2014/2015 Tour Dates
Dec 26 SoundStage Baltimore, MD w/ Superheaven, Diamond Youth, Black Clouds
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
Mar 28 Revolution Bar Amityville, NY w/ Title Fight, Defeater, Superheaven, others
Title Fight -- 2015 Tour Dates
3/6 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop*
3/7 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
3/8 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck*
3/9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre*
3/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock*
3/12 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium*
3/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's*
3/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent*
3/15 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
3/16 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red*
3/21 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's^
3/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade^
3/24 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle^
3/25 - Washington, DC @ Howard Theater^
3/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer^
3/27 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall^
3/28 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution #
3/29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club^
3/31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar^
4/01 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theater^
4/03 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot^
4/05 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro^
* - w/ Merchandise, Power Trip
# - w/ Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card, Soda Bomb
^ - w/ La Dispute, The Hotelier