Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack Long After (Cover Artwork)

Pianos Become The Teeth

Pianos Become The Teeth: The Lack Long AfterThe Lack Long After (2011)
Topshelf Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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It's been a while since I got an album to move me like the days of listening to Drive Like Jehu and At The Drive In. A lesson learned? Ask and ye shall receive. "Good Times" imparts itself as a stunning opener that really gets you thinking "Wow...these guys are gonna top Old Pride?" Kyle Durfey's.
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It's been a while since I got an album to move me like the days of listening to Drive Like Jehu and At The Drive In. A lesson learned? Ask and ye shall receive.

"Good Times" imparts itself as a stunning opener that really gets you thinking "Wow...these guys are gonna top Old Pride?" Kyle Durfey's style hasn't wavered and the band's essence that renders them the epitome of screamo is well accentuated here. They ideally show what a proper screamo band needs to dissipate--unbridled passion, a raw dilemma of harmony and cutting loose with no holding back; simply, a vibe that courses through your veins at top speeds which are punctuated by the coarse angst and pure honesty of Durfey. This truth he sings is golden.

"I'll Be Damned" is majestic and vociferous in its own strength and pure emotion. This standout track converges a sound that's marvelously fed to your ears with a resounding tone and screamo splendor that made me feel so dismayed that I'll probably never leave the Caribbean to see them live. God... that would be such an experience hearing Kyle sing "If you saw yours, then I'll see mine / You finally stretched your feet and ghosted away from me / You had to fade away, you had to leave / I'm pleading for one more time with what I know now". There's a feel here also akin to Envy and Fear Before the March of Flames that resonates smoothly under the thrashing cymbals of David Haik and slithery guitarwork by Chad and Mike. The intricacy and arrangement of the setup makes indelible a record here.

The album kickstarts so well and never lets up. This continuity is rare on a lot of screamo albums but whatever these guys do, it just works so friggin' well. "I'll Get By" and "Shared Bodies" envelope a dissonant image and dystopian setting, yet the band wipes the gloom away. The driving sound with Kyle's freedom on that mic is something fresh. And by fresh, I mean, it just wipes away all pretender screamo albums that try to stick around. How can such a distorted and vicious flow of music be so soothing? How can the turbulence they translate be so laminar and so well-received by a listener? They have the remedial measures for the screamo bands that just don't cut it. Make an appointment with this band ASAP. To break down inner anguish and internal viscosity with something so pure, incoherent yet elegant is a gift which this band uniquely sprawls on the listener.

"Spine" symbolizes the fact that the fearlessness and "don't give a damn attitude" of the guys are all part and parcel of their violent grace. Like them or not, this is in your face. This song sums up the heart and soul of Kyle, and it's moving--"I watched her crawl in bed with you / I watched her wet your lips and couldn't do a Goddamned thing / I watched you shake, I watched our hearts break." It was such a crucial move for them to take liberty to the fullest extent and top Old Pride, but they did it swimmingly. They did this act with deft skill and apt confidence. Yes, this is what screamo should be. It's a magical convulsion and yes, a fine stroke of genius. Don't miss out on the heartfelt honesty... just don't. This record really captures something that is rare today. Prepare yourselves, it is that good.


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Piata (September 18, 2012)

There's a bit of envy in this band and that's a very good thing. Love this album. The lyrics are suprisingly strong too. Especially the closer, "I'll Get By".

lowaction (December 11, 2011)

The instrumentals in this are decent. But I just can't get past how ANNOYING the vocals are.

SilentStorms (November 27, 2011)

Pretty good record. I thought Old Pride was pretty good too. I don't agree with all the hype though. I find the vocalist gets old quickly. I've listened to some other screamo records this year that are much better than this. Most notably Carrion Spring's new album.

Deeker (November 25, 2011)

Great record but that is one syrupy review.

RENALDO69 (November 24, 2011)

conduit...i got an early advanced copy and the entire track arrangement was different. but nonetheless, thanks bud. and yes PBTT rock

conduit (November 24, 2011)

This is a really good review, I just figured I'd point out that I'll Be Damned is the opening song on this album, not good times..

RENALDO69 (November 22, 2011)

such emotion and passion...kyle was epic. amazing stuff

eatdogs (November 22, 2011)

there's a lot of passion in their live show. i was very impressed when i saw them here in oklahoma recently.

evanPGH (November 22, 2011)

It probably is better than "Wildfire"...Because I've never heard of "Wildfire".

"Wildlife", however, is better. Better lyrics, better song writing, better production (although the drum production on The Lack Long After is impressive) and the album actually goes somewhere; this one does get stuck in neutral. Also, I can't help but feel that every song on this album sounds too similar.

But hey! You know what the say about opinions...they're assholes...or something like that.

SydBarrett420 (November 22, 2011)

This band makes good music, with a less than average vocalist.

I don't know how anyone can call this album "album of the year"

quickattack (November 22, 2011)

Definitively one of the best albums of this year.

IMO this is loads better than the new La Dispute. Calling Wildfire the best "hardcore" record of the year is something baffling.

Icapped2pac (November 22, 2011)

An outstanding effort and more than worthy follow-up to the great album that was Old Pride. I don't listen to much hardcore or "screamo", but these guys transcend genre boundaries by virtue of their thoroughness and brutal raw emotion. I have a friend whose dad is dying slowly of Gehrig's disease, and I can't wait to show this to him because I think it's always helpful to know others have gone through what he's going through. Thanks for making this beautiful piece of art, PBTT, and than you for putting it out, Topshelf. What an awesome label.

evanPGH (November 22, 2011)

What the dude below me said.

Pretty good, but Wildlife is still the best hardcore album of 2011.

danperrone (November 22, 2011)

this has the potential to be REALLY good, but it just comes off as pretty good. i feel like some songs get stuck in neutral at certain times. great vocals though.

kursk64 (November 22, 2011)

So so good.

karliscool (November 22, 2011)


ak3punk (November 22, 2011)

Incredible album, easily one of the best of 2011.

ak3punk (November 22, 2011)


topshelfsquad (November 22, 2011)

Wow, thanks for posting this!

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