WORDS BY: JONATHAN VELAZQUEZ
Album Review: Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love
Release Date: February 16th, 2018
Label: Epitaph Records
Pianos Become The Teeth have been a band for over a decade, almost twelve years in formation. The Baltimore-based group have created several notable pieces of music, including 'The Lack Long After' for Topshelf Records. They would go on to release their third album, 'Keep You,' with their partners at Epitaph Records in 2014. This move saw not only a step forward for the band’s career, but also a foot treading into new territory for the musicians, with guidance by producer Will Yip (Code Orange, Tigers Jaw).
The band, consisting of vocalist Kyle Durfey, guitarists Mike York and Chad McDonald, bassist Zac Sewell, and drummer David Halk, are now set to release their fourth LP, 'Wait For Love,' on Epitaph, with Will Yip at the helm once again. This time around, the band has thought beyond the foot into the unfamiliar and have gone all-in, releasing an incredible collection of song and sound, far exceeding anything they’ve released before. 'Wait For Love' is an outstanding show of challenge to do something different and push the limits of the band’s ability, in both sonic texture and creative expansion.
A pounding drumbeat is the first move by the group, leading into an atmospheric chamber of sound and clear vocals that cut through album opener, "Fake Lighting." Some may consider this approach a familiar tactic taken on their previous album, but the band has become precise, and unafraid of the idea of new. Second track and lead single, "Charisma," contrasts a heavy bass riff with clean guitar lines in unison with a simple but direct chorus that I’m sure will have fans singing back at their shows.
Something of note that I find particularly engaging is the way I’m led into the music, on the next couple of songs, and throughout the entirety of the album. The beginning of every track grabs and places you on a new platform each time. A different approach is taken in song structure, and I appreciate that. It gives the album a momentum that makes it incredibly easy to leave on. A start and a finish, from start to finish, if you will.
The momentum shifts in the middle of the record during "Bay Of Dreams," a softer and dreamy landscape put together by subtle sound pushed forward by drum and voice. The pace picks up for "Bloody Sweet," but returns to a calmer setting for "Manilla," but is quick to change into something faster. The album concludes with "Blue," a song guided by Kyle’s voice through an emotional plateau of slower instrumentation. Again, with drums, ever present and significant on the every song throughout the release, crashing steadily, before drifting into feedback to end the record.
Pianos Become The Teeth have taken measures during the recording of this album to create something ambitious and different, in an effort to create a record that pushes the group away from their beginnings, into a much more mature sound. 'Wait For Love' is a monument and an opportunity for the band to discover where their ideas will take them if they keep pushing forward. An incredible album, without a doubt.
- Fake Lighting
- Bitter Red
- Dry Spells
- Bay Of Dreams
- Forever Sound
- Bloody Sweet
- Love On Repeat