Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


4.5
superb

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
November 1st, 2011 | 713 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A profound and engaging musical experience that displays why Pianos Become the Teeth are so damn good at what they do.

Let no man say that what Pianos Become the Teeth lack is passion, for their visceral, heart wrenching approach to their craft is the very definition of the word itself. With their hearts pinned fast to their sleeves, the band has been a commanding force in the new wave of post-hardcore/screamo, enchanting those who’ve heard their ferocious and captivating brand of music. Crawling from out of the shadows of their larger, more recognizable contemporaries, they’ve been making a name for themselves within the scene, commended for imbuing a sense of freshness in a genre where emulation is commonplace. While it’s hard to deny that City of Caterpillar and Envy have certainly left an impression on the men of Pianos Become the Teeth, it must be said that the band has simply captured the spirit and energy of said bands, rather than riding on their coattails. This was certainly true on the band’s debut, Old Pride, and is even more true now. Pianos Become the Teeth has not only matured, but it has diversified and expanded its sound to such a degree that their latest, The Lack Long After, manages to be a wondrous outing that sees the band top everything else they’ve ever done before.

Now Old Pride was a fantastic record, but its brevity and lackluster production really hindered the overall product. The Lack Long After mends the areas where its predecessor came up short. It’s tighter and more concise, sounding just as the band intended. Although it has a comparable runtime, it ends up being a meatier experience in general due to every second being filled with excellent content. Where Old Pride tended to meander a bit, The Lack Long After stays the course, with each song being as captivating as the last. From the explosive opening moments of “I’ll Be Damned,” to the blissful finale, the album is stacked to the ceiling with impassioned, exciting music.

The veritable emotions in The Lack Long After are what make it so damn engaging. The band themselves stated that these songs were planned to be “darker and heavier,” and that certainly happens to be the case. While the rule of thumb is when a band makes a conscious decision to err on the side of “heaviness” it usually signals a lack of ideas, that sentiment doesn’t quite fit here. If anything, the no holds barred feeling seems to be just what the band needed. It’s more chaotic and passionate than ever, as every member has appeared to let himself go. It’s wonderful to hear the sound of a band collapsing in on itself for the sake of a magnificent, powerful aesthetic. But that’s why The Lack Long After is such an incredible and immense listen, for the band has fractured itself in such a way that it has become a more compelling institution. From Kyle Durfey’s energetic and ardent vocal delivery, to David Haik’s dynamic work on the set, the album is an unabashed explosion of intensity from a group of musicians who clearly have their hearts in it. Each member has improved in some shape or form, namely Durfey, who has injected some much needed variety and character into his vocals. While they’ve always been incredibly powerful, they’ve lacked subtly and poise for the more dramatic moments. Softer, cleaner singing has been added, all without sacrificing emotional impact. The guitarists have mixed things up a bit here as well, taking cues from their contemporaries by crafting more complex and interesting passages. The interplay between two makes for some exceptionally interesting moments, giving a feeling of excitement and immersion to the entire package.

Much like Old Pride, The Lack Long After is expertly well written. From the very beginning to the very end, Pianos Become the Teeth has written one hell of an excellent collection of songs that just so happens to rank up there with their absolute best. “Filial,” the opener to their debut, has stuck with me ever since I heard it those two years ago. Its fierce yet touching delivery featured just enough chaos and beauty, making for a profound and stirring experience. With their sophomore release, the band has produced eight songs much in the vein of that wonderful song. Yet it is the closer, “I’ll Get By” that truly takes the cake. Opening in a much lighter fashion than the rest of the songs, it slowly simmers in hopeful, yet somewhat sad atmosphere. It’s a bit mellower than the rest, as Durfey sounds weak, vulnerable even, and the guitars utilize a much less heavy tone. Yet the emotional climax and blissful outro make it a de facto classic in regards to every song the band has written thus far.

Well it appears that Pianos Become the Teeth has thrown down the gauntlet. The Lack Long After is an extensive, illimitable feat; an album that ups the ante and shows just how damn impressive this band truly is. Sprawling and stunningly engrossing, this is everything Pianos Become the Teeth needed to make, and everything you’ve ever wanted.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 1st 2011


10614 Comments


Originally here: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/2011/10/album-review-pianos-become-teeth-lack.html

Seriously one of my favorites for the year. Too bad it's my last anticipated release : (

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

agree agree agree with everything in this review, get out of my head. (pos obvs)

this album is fucking amazing (gtfo hanson). "I'll Get By" literally brought a tear to my eye last night, it was exactly what I needed to hear cause I'm all lonely and shit right now and home is so far away.

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2011


6487 Comments


Cool review, Xeno.
City of Caterpillar comparison? I don't think I'll check this out, was expecting something more chill.

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sportsboy
November 1st 2011


640 Comments


looks awesome, but what is that album cover?

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BallsToTheWall
November 1st 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This isn't bad. They put on a pretty good show although I wish I was more familiar with them.

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Rev
November 1st 2011


9437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to hear this


Pos man, glad to see you putting that new title to use lol

dansxdead
November 1st 2011


438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is amazing in every way. It really hits hard too since my dad just passed away. Every song is just so emotionally driven.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"but what is that album cover?"

looks like someone lying in bed next to a window that is propped up by a mirror. I really like the artwork.

someguest
November 1st 2011


20879 Comments


someone laying

nude

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sniper
November 1st 2011


19076 Comments


fuck yes.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011


10288 Comments


Great review, Xenophanes. This sounds incredible already from the first listen

tkxxx7
November 1st 2011


6153 Comments


Can't wait to listen to this

NeutralThunder12
November 1st 2011


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i liked Old Pride but thought it lacked diversity or its own identity, drumming was awesome though and some of the songs brought such an energy. vocalist is a little emo fag though

fuckthatnoise
November 1st 2011


1479 Comments


these guys are probably my least favorite out of the Wave bands (although i haven't gotten around to listening to Make Do and Mend) but they're still cool. i'll probably get around to this soon, even though i don't feel like i've given Old Pride enough time to sink in yet.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2011


22014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll check this out cos even though I really didn't like Old Pride, darker and heavier seems like what it needed

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pmmets07
November 1st 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album hurts so good

Hawks
November 1st 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review Xeno. This album rules so hard. Even better than Old Pride.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2011


50568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules

Scoot
November 1st 2011


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

BUT I THINK THAT I FEEL
MORE TIIIIRED THAN A WATERLINE

plan on reviewing this eventually, great review

iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7047 Comments


awesome, awesome review. even in trying to nitpick I couldn't find a damn thing wrong with it. Still probably not going to listen to PBTT because I suck though. oh well.



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