Criminally left trailing in the wake of their increasingly revered peers, Touché Amoré and La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth more than equalled the efforts of the aforementioned bands with 2010’s ‘Old Pride’, yet confusingly never made their stamp as firmly on the musical map as they deserved. With this year seeing a number of stellar releases from hardcore circles, the band have once again been dealt a tough deck, with a stand-out release vital to keep up the pace.
Unsurprisingly, the Baltimore quintet have more than succeeded once more. ‘The Lack Long After’ is a punishing 8-track affair, lambasting not only with a glut of super aggressive intensity, but also with a highly charged despairing ambience, making for what has to be one of the most engaging listens in recent memory. The towering wall of guitars which opens ‘Spine’, the sombre escalation of ‘Such Confidence’ and a spine tingling ‘Liquid Confidence’ all point towards an musicality which works flawlessly with the devastating vocal talents of Kyle Derfey. The result is a chaotic beauty which is wholly affecting, brimming with dynamics, but more importantly with a heart wrenching sincerity.
Of special note is album closer ‘I’ll Get By’. Relieving us somewhat from the darkness that comes before, the track smoulders with a meloncholic atmosphere, floating languidly on a cloud of delicate guitars and overstated percussion, rising and falling between shimmering melodious passages and massive crescendos. Stirring stuff indeed.
Pianos Become The Teeth have exceeded all expectations with ‘The Lack Long After’. With some astonishing craftsmanship, absording instrumental performances and a mesmeric candor, it would be preposterous if the band’s popularity did not soar on the back of such a superb release. Let’s hope the phrase “good things come to those who wait” rears its head in this instance.
Written by Tony Bliss