Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


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Review

by Gavininseawater13 USER (2 Reviews)
August 19th, 2013 | 24 replies | 1,335 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘The Lack Long After’ is an intense and confronting album with such prevalent emotion to make the listener feel everything and anything at once.

Those who are new to this album and band may wonder what makes this album so special. Many bands within this genre have displayed intense emotion and honesty within their music to captivate their listeners and connect with them on a personal level (To name a few: La Dispute, The Saddest Landscape, Being as an Ocean). What makes this band any different?

I personally feel this band takes this to the next level with all of the music they play. However, when speaking with their bassist, Zac Sewell, about his favourite of the band’s material, he said it was this album for the reason that they truly put a lot of themselves into its culmination. It was made to connect with people. It was made to be cherished by any who would give it the time and care that the bands themselves put into it.

This connection is clearly seen amongst all members’ contributions the sound of the album. The sound is distant yet confronting. It is quiet and loud. It is angry, stressed, happy, grateful, regretful, distressed, thoughtful, empathetic, all at once. The lead vocalist, Kyle Durfey, has a style of spontaneously changing from singing to screaming to yelling to talking, all while sounding so delicate and fragile. His vocals remind the listener of the likes of Jordan Dreyer from La Dispute. Guitarists Mike York and Chad McDonald lay both clean and distorted chord progressions and riffs that mould together well to create a pleasant contrast to listen to, particularly present in the song ‘Good Times’.

Bassist Zac Sewell doesn’t particularly stand out playing-wise in the album, but provides great backup vocals and delivers rhythmic and modest bass lines to accompany the guitars. Lastly, drummer David Haik provides another highlight of the album with the energetic and varying styles of drumming he displays in each song.

The recurring theme throughout the album comes across as regret, or dealing with the past. This is shown in tracks like ‘Liquid Confidence’, a song about recalling the events preceding a funeral or ‘Good Times’, a song about recalling good times that have occurred in the past with lyrics such as “But losing you, I learned to lose my youth, lose my spirit, and now I can’t hear it anymore, And I guess that’s life”. Lastly, another lyric from perhaps their most well know song ‘I’ll Get By’, encapsulates the honesty and sincerity present in all the lyrics on the album: “I used to listen to my life, I was so put together, I chose what I wanted to be, in that age of chasing sand”.

‘The Lack Long After’ is a truly emotional album from a band whose unmatched sincerity and passion makes them one of the leading post-hardcore bands today. There are certainly a lot more exciting things to come from this band’s career if this album is any indication of it. Those who embrace and connect with the album will remember it for much longer after, an experience that lacks nearly nothing at all.

Recommended Tracks:
All of them

Personal Favourites:
I’ll Get By
I’ll Be Damned
Good Times


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gavininseawater13
August 18th 2013


130 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A lot of respect also comes from seeing them live, so i hope it doesn't come across too biased, but i hope you guys enjoyed it as much as i did

Gwyn.
August 19th 2013


15071 Comments


this is dec

good review I guess

FourthReich
August 19th 2013


17543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I STILL FEEEL THE LACKK LONG AFTERRR

titlefightmeirl
August 19th 2013


659 Comments


one of my favorite albums of all time

XingKing
August 19th 2013


10565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rating is obscenely high but good review. These guys are amazing live but the crowd never fails to suck dick

SCREAMorphine
August 19th 2013


1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album

amemento
August 19th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best feels album

Calc
August 19th 2013


12185 Comments


I listened to these guys once and I hated it. Why?

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2013


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hope you aren't actually hoping that someone will be able to answer that question.

amemento
August 19th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prob cos u suck

amemento
August 19th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if the rest of the album was as strong as the first 2 tracks this would be the hardest 5 ive ever given

oh well

its still in the growing stage

amemento
August 19th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also dude/reviewer you realise most of the songs are about Kyle's dad

henryChinaski
August 19th 2013


2755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album's super awesome. Nice review.

Gavininseawater13
August 19th 2013


130 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I knew they were about a family member but i never looked that incredibly in depth into it. I also wanted to describe the album as i would to someone new to the album and band rather than one who already knows, some advice told to me last review.

Gavininseawater13
August 19th 2013


130 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And thanks guys for the compliments

dathvada321
August 19th 2013


1431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review. love this album

Paracletus96
August 19th 2013


306 Comments


WORSE THAN LA DISPUTE

Calc
August 19th 2013


12185 Comments


its easy to answer, maybe the guy's voice is a grower. I don't remember and I'll never know.

amemento
August 20th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

his voice is unique so i mean yea

Butkuiss
August 20th 2013


4178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll be honest seeing these guys live kinda killed my enjoyment of their discog but hey this album still rules.



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