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Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth

Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2013)
Deathwish Inc. / Topshelf

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Two songs. Two bands. One give their signature sound that's made them appealing as can be over the past few years and the othe, gives a sound that varies a bit from what they're known to produce, yet they pull it off in fine form. Touche Amore open the split with the driving aggression that Jerem.
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Two songs. Two bands. One give their signature sound that's made them appealing as can be over the past few years and the othe, gives a sound that varies a bit from what they're known to produce, yet they pull it off in fine form.

Touche Amore open the split with the driving aggression that Jeremy Bolm helps constantly bring to the table. Elliot Babin's drums shine the most here and really pounds home these songs. Bolm was last heard venting on Touche's split with the Casket Lottery, and I guess he decided to save his recent best for the new year. "Gravity Metaphorically" is a gem that combines the best of the band in the most typical way. Definitely a hit. When Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt decide to take it down into a melodic lull halfway through, the dynamic shifts for the better. 'It was the first time in a long time that I've felt alive / At least I tried, until my highest hopes were realized / Then it flatlined / But then I woke up scared / Cause nothing's changed, at least I tried' ends the song with a most empathic note. If this is an indicator of what they've got to come this year, we're in for a treat.

It's no secret I was a fan of Pianos Become The Teeth because of The Lack Long After; I loved Old Pride but something about the former really got to me, and it's mostly attributed to "I'll Get By" in which Kyle Durfey sang about his father's passing. He's not the best vocalist around, but his voice rings powerful and that song was as moving as I could have asked for. "Hiding" follows in the same vein with a more sung approach than their usual post-hardcore/full screamo material. It actually sounds a bit like a blend of "I'll Get By" and "I'll Be Damned," and you could sense that from the opening melodic chords, Durfey wanted a more harmonic tone. With lyrics like 'There's no good in your eyes anymore / And it makes you want to drive home, drunk and alone / Nothing is worse than doing nothing / You can't stay angry forever, or so I'm told / But the house gets so quiet, sitting here wishing for just an hour or two, alone with you' shows that Durfey is far from finished with addressing his most heart-wrenching moments. The guitars and drums, are expectedly spot on, and it's safe to say, 2013's off to a great start for them as well.

 

 
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SilentStorms (January 13, 2013)

Both these bands are pretty decent, but I think they are ridiculously overrated.

onegirlarmy (January 13, 2013)

Life At These Speeds is overrated? Nobody outside of Arizona knew about them.

exitflagger (January 11, 2013)

Two of the most overrated bands ever, right up there with Life at These Speeds and the Young Pioneers. I wish that MTV would stop playing their videos constantly.

Babrook (January 11, 2013)

I'd say the Pianos song is the best they've ever recorded, Touche Amore's is top 3.

Awesome, awesome, awesome.

gugl0003 (January 11, 2013)

That Hiding song is SO. FUCKING. GOOD.

danperrone (January 11, 2013)

the touche amore song is very good, but "hiding"...oh my god. one of those songs where you just stop what you're doing and listen. haven't been this pumped about a song/band in a while.

xherojuanax (January 10, 2013)

I can't tell if there's something off about the recording of "Gravity, Metaphorically" or if it's just difficult for the production to do such a phenomenal live song justice. In any case, I hope they re-record it for their next album.

Touché and Pianos are two of my most beloved bands, and I couldn't be happier about seeing them finally appear on a record together. I only wish they had contributed more than one song each.

kylewagoner (January 10, 2013)

Pianos Become the Teeth have an awesome drummer.

Piata (January 10, 2013)

This is probably one of the best splits I've ever heard.

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