The latest trend of post-hardcore sees an emotional strand of screamo become a phenomenon with Pianos Become The Teeth alongside bands like La Dispute, Touché Amoré and Being As An Ocean as part of a new movement in the industry. The expressive lyrics and atmospheric tone to the music has triggered an international following for the sub-genre by taking huge influences from emo post-rock bands of the early noughties, and now holds a large presence in the scene.
However, as there are still few bands cementing themselves as household names, the comparison between the more established acts is rife and PBTT‘s third full-length album doesn’t begin to compete with 2014’s other releases.
Just as the other bands have started to progress on recent releases, PBTT have taken the decision to drop any harsh vocals for ‘Keep You’, which shifts the focal point of the band completely. The intensity of the music is broken up by the passionate screams for a juxtaposition that lands perfectly, but now the relaxed attitude of the songs lures the listener in for a more depressive sound with rare opportunities to escape the force of the entangled formula devised by the band. ‘Lesions’ and ‘Repine’ have excellent chorus sections, but lack the vigour that they’ve shown before.
There’s no doubting the fortitude or lyrical prowess that the band portray throughout ‘Keep You’, and this is sure to stand as album of the year for the right minded individuals looking for a certain heart on your sleeve post-rock with full-on atmosphere, but the heavier audience will be alienated by the sharp turn in direction.
Similar themes have stuck from previous releases, most notably the heartache of the death of Kyle Durfey‘s father, but the ferocity and speed have been replaced with ambience and maturity. Whether it’s for better or worse in terms of their popularity is yet to be seen, however, this isn’t a patch on what we’ve heard before and their creativeness is slowly falling behind their peers.
Written by Michael Heath (@MikeBeef)