Date: August 12th 2018
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: Kamikaze Girls / Pianos Become The Teeth
With an album under each of their belts, Foxing and Pianos Become The Teeth have decided to hold one another’s hand in a joint celebration co-headline tour of the UK, coinciding very nicely with their appearances at this year’s ArcTanGent Festival in Bristol.
Setting the tone for the evening in Manchester first, however, are British self-proclaimed “sad art punx” duo, Kamikaze Girls . Things are kept strictly to the most basic and straight-forward, and with it they prove that having a wall of layers and flair is neither here nor there; all you need is a guitar, some drums, and plenty of heart to deliver your message.
Following up are infrequent visitors to the UK and post-hardcore turned post-rock/alt rock five-piece, Pianos Become The Teeth . An equal share of cuts from their two previous records (‘Wait For Love’ and ‘Keep You’) compose the Baltimore outfit’s set, firmly solidifying – if you weren’t convinced already – that the band’s more abrasive hardcore past is dead and gone in their set fixtures.
From the first burst of notes in set opener ‘Charisma’, the room sinks into the set, chanting back the impassioned chorus hook of “And what a way you won me over”. It seems to be an ethereal experience for the band too, especially frontman Kyle Durfey, who weaves his body like he’s in a trance through ‘Repine’ and ‘Ripple Water Shine’, enters a near celestial state in ‘Hiding’, and envelopes us in one last drive of emotion with closing number, ‘Say Nothing’.
With a new album in ‘Nearer My God’ literally just a couple of days old now, Missouri’s Foxing  are unsurprisingly on seat’s edge ready to debut some brand new tracks to the Manchester crowd, and right from the get go new album opener ‘Grand Paradise’ is also the choice of number to open up the evening’s proceedings.
The four-piece turned six-piece on the road are certainly the more light-hearted band on the line-up sonically, bringing out some textures of electronics and sampling which adds some extra warmth to bring the night home, with the one-two of ‘Slapstick’ and ‘Gameshark’ being a prominent set highlight. Frontman Conor Murphy even brings out his trumpet a couple of times.
For a bit of a warm-up run into their forthcoming respective exhibitions at ArcTanGent Festival, both Pianos Become The Teeth and Foxing prove that heart and passion are two of the most integral components you can latch onto your art. Do that, and you’ll notice the beat pulsing through a dedicated fanbase that will live by your work indefinitely.