Pianos Become the Teeth
Keep You


2.5
average

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
October 28th, 2014 | 59 replies


Release Date: 10/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your wick has burned away

Pianos Become The Teeth were never a band that stood out musically or vocally. It was always the passion of the performance, and the concept behind their lyrics and music that made them special. Every melodic, yet deeply distorted guitar chord felt like it had purpose, and every line belted out by vocalist Kyle Durfey matched that purpose with impassioned fervor. There was always a strong sense of cohesion to their albums, where every track seemed to compliment the others. Pianos Become The Teeth's third studio album Keep You is cohesive in all the wrong ways: there are no defining moments or truly satisfying climaxes, there's an unmistakable lack of variety and dynamics, and the music and vocals rarely shine like they did in the past. In stripping away the loud/quiet/loud guitar work, and the intense screamed vocals, Pianos Become The Teeth have stripped away everything that made them interesting, and what's left is Keep You: an album that feels hollow, feels like a band playing at half capacity, and worst of all, reveals a band that is the shell of its former self.

For a post-rock oriented album, the songs are criminally brief. Many of the tracks have some pleasant ideas, but almost all of them feel underdeveloped and songs start to peter out before they have a chance to really shine. Condensing all the ebb and flow, climaxes and rests that go into a great post-rock sound in only four and a half minutes is very hard to pull off, and unlike former label mate The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Pianos Become The Teeth simply don't have the energy or the urgency to pull off a bare bones post-rock sound stripped of all screamo elements.

A major theme lyrically on Keep You is vocalist Kyle Durfey's desire not to be defined by the death of his father, which served as the concept behind PBTT's sophomore release The Lack Long After. As a fellow human being, I'm overjoyed that Kyle has reached closure with his father's death, but as a music listener I'm less than enthusiastic as closure doesn't inspire creative and compelling music quite the same as loss and strife. Much of the lyrical content is more on the inspirational side, but the stagnancy of the almost constantly mid-tempo music does nothing to compliment such optimism. The closest thing Keep You has to an anthem would be the seven minute closer "Say Nothing", which is a strong track, but like the rest of the record, its slow moving, steady pace, and lack of dynamics is less likely to make the listener put their fist in the air and more likely to make them put their head on a pillow.

Keep You is not a bad record, but it fails to ignite a fire in me like Old Pride and The Lack Long After did before it. I enjoy certain aspects of Keep You, and I do appreciate what Pianos Become The Teeth are trying to get across, but to declare this album as anything other than average would be an insult to the countless bands that manage to pull off this sound so much better, with so much more passion, enthusiasm, and fervor.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry Hogan

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Tyler.
October 28th 2014


15419 Comments


didnt listen but i agree/ good review

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is so close to being good, like if Kyle had an amazing range, or hey, maybe if there were some screamo parts it would be great

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice review and I agree.

(edit: fixed)

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks Johnny I'll fix that right away

ExplosiveOranges
October 28th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woah, a Treb review with more than three paragraphs? In all seriousness, solid review. I've been hearing so many different things about this band that at this point, I don't know what I'll think when I listen to this (if I ever do).

hogan900
October 28th 2014


2858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, the review is great.

Even if I disagree with most of your points, I can't help but feel that you are right on some of them.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks d00ds

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is still getting better for me, but nice review.



Alt press actually gave this a 5 out of 5 lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alt press wrote an article called "10 bands that will influence the inevitable pop-screamo revival of 2017" so yeah

ti0n
October 28th 2014


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alt press is garbage agreed

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They don't even have that many memorable guitar parts outside of Filial dawg you kidding yourself

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


11587 Comments


great review Treb. I like how your summary is like the opposite of Nick's

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album has some cool guitar riffs, but like it's not enough

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This soothes me.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This soothes me.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Double post. Whatever

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


56207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

triple

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2014


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but why are you so wrong!!?[2]



yeah, start liking this

XingKing
October 28th 2014


14021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They peaked with Old Pride as far as I'm concerned. TLLA was great but I missed the post-rocky screamo sound. The Touche split was pretty much where this band died for me



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