Pianos Become Teeth w/ Daylight, United Nations, Future Wives, Diamond Youth, Muscle and Bone

When: Mon., Oct. 28 2013

7:30pm | Post-hardcore

The Baltimore quintet Pianos Become the Teeth is not a screamo band. Yes, the band plays an emotionally charged brand of hardcore, one which keys keenly on vocalist — OK, screamer — Kyle Durfey’s darkly personal lyrics. But screamo, nowadays, is a throwaway pejorative for monotonous, over-adrenalized latter-day alt-rock. Instead, Pianos Become the Teeth pushes beyond screamo while embracing it, placing equal emphasis on melody and intensity, intertwining post-rock’s moody ambience with post-hardcore’s brooding passion. The band’s two guitarists combine the beatific swells of epic post-rock with hardcore’s textural heaviness, coiling melody lines over a bruising rhythm section, while Durfey’s desperately screamed vocals seem to fall into some semblance of a melody as if by accident. With a combustible dynamic sense accentuating the best qualities of both parts, the quieter moments of The Lack Long After, the band’s most recent LP, feel exceptionally plaintive and lonely. And it makes the heavier moments even more devastating and cathartic. —Patrick Wall

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