Pianos Become The Teeth, The World Is A Beautiful Place...

Lee's Palace Presents

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World Is A Beautiful Place...

Teenage Wrist

Tue, June 5, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm

Lee's Palace

Toronto, ON


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Pianos Become The Teeth - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Pianos Become The Teeth
Pianos Become The Teeth have never been the kind of band whoare easy to distill into a simple soundbite and that’s more evidentthan ever on the band's fourth full-length Wait For Love, an albumthat sees the Baltimore-based act reconciling their aggressivepast with the atmospheric turns of 2014's Keep You. The result isa collection of songs that eschews stylistic traps in order to focuson songwriting and feels like a full-realization of what the bandhave only hinted at in the past. The players—vocalist Kyle Durfey,guitarists Mike York and Chad McDonald, bassist Zac Sewell anddrummer David Haik—may be the same this time around but theirlives have continued to unravel and that journey lies at theemotional core of Wait For Love, which is a creative collaborationin the truest sense of the term. “For Wait For Love my goal was just to write really interestingsongs that pushed us forward as a band and allowed us to dosomething different than we had ever done in the past,” Yorkexplains. In order to get out of their comfort zone, the groupisolated themselves in a cabin on the Eastern Shore of Marylandfor extended writing excursions and ended up with a windfall of30 songs by the time they entered the studio. Although Durfey—whose wife had recently had a child—was absent at some of thesesessions, ultimately that event allowed the vocalist to approachWait For Love from a different perspective. “I had so much moretime to sit and ponder these songs and how I wanted to approachthem,” he recalls. “I think that changed by approach to vocalsbecause it wasn't this immediate thing, it was more thought out.” In order to capture their vision the group once again joined forceswith Keep You's producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) whoacted like a sixth member when it came to shaping these songs.“Working with Will made us a better band as a whole because Ithink it helped us refine who we are and think about how toapproach this record in a different way than we would have on our
own,” York explains. That isn't to say that Wait For Love didn'thave its share of setbacks—mainly the fact that Haik experienceda mysterious back injury a few days into the recording session—but even those unexpected events ultimately contributed to theoverall sound of the album. “I think a goal of both of us and Willwas to write solid songs and not be afraid of being catchy whilestill sounding like Pianos Become The Teeth,” Durfey explains. Correspondingly the album opens with “Fake Lightning,” atranscendent musical meditation that pairs ambient guitars withimpassioned vocals and Haik's driving drumming. Seamlessly thatsong gives way to “Charisma,” which features fuzzed-out bassand melodies that hang in the air long after the moment haspassed. “I really wanted this to be an album where things weren'tneatly defined and there were moments where you couldn't tellwhat was a guitar and what was a keyboard or sample,” Yorkexplains. This is exemplified on “Bitter Red” a song that'scinematic in scope yet nuanced enough to fit perfectly in theband’s catalog. In a similar spirit, Durfey's lyrics are still just aspoetic but see him shifting his perspective from the loss of hisfather to what it feels like to be one himself. “This album all ties into the idea of love and how love comes toyou during different times in life in good and bad ways,” Durfeyexplains, adding that it was refreshing to further stretch outstylistically on this record after he transitioned from screaming tosinging on Keep You. “To me this everything on this record isincredibly personal and as specific as it has been on every recordbut it's not solely based on one specific figure the way it has beenin the past and I'm happy about that,” Durfey explains. That said,those familiar concepts of loss are present on the album's closingsong “Blue,” which approaches the topic from a more hopefulperspective as a new father imagines the endless ways his ownson's life will play out. Pianos Become The Teeth could have easily remade a screamo-inspired album reminiscent of 2009's Old Pride or 2011's The LackLong After and no one would fault them for it. But Wait For Love isa rare example of a band still discovering their sound over a
decade into their career, a fact that’s present in every note of thisexpansive album. From the haunting “Dry Spells” to theexperimentally minded “Bay Of Dreams,” there are moments onWait For Love that are so dreamy they’re otherworldly, whetherthe catalyst is a sample or a single note. “This album has some ofour most interesting guitar work but also some of the most pulledback ideas of what the record should be,” York adds. “I think we all made an effort to be open to things and see whatcame out especially in the studio with this album, “Durfeysummarizes when asked about the ambitious nature of Wait ForLove. “When you've been playing music together for as long aswe have it's easy to get in a rut,” he continues. “Wait For Lovestill sounds like us but there are different kinds of songs here and I don't think that would have happened if it weren't for making records like Keep You and being open to pushing forward into that uncharted territory. I’m just really excited for people to have their own experience with the album.”
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced the forthcoming release of their third full-length, Always Foreign. Due out September 29 on Epitaph, Always Foreign follows the Connecticut-bred collective’s acclaimed 2015 album Harmlessness. Produced by TWIABP guitarist Christopher Teti, Always Foreign confronts everything from the opioid epidemic to xenophobia to emotional abuse in relationships. Throughout the album, TWIABP match their sprawling arrangements and layered lyricism with a raw emotionality. ͞When we started writing we were fresh off Trump being elected, so there’s an anger to the album that’s different from what we’ve done in the past,͟ says TWIABP vocalist David F Bello. ͞There’s a lot more resistance thinking throughout the songs—not in a way that’s strictly anti-Trump, but also addressing things like white supremacy and controlling elements of the state.͟Along with Bello, Cyr, and Teti, the TWIABP lineup includes Tyler Bussey (guitar, banjo, synth, vocals), Dylan Balliett (guitar, vocals), Katie Dvorak (synth, vocals), and Steven K Buttery (percussion, vocals). Formed in Connecticut in 2009, TWIABP made their full-length debut with Whenever, If Ever (a 2013 release hailed as ͞revolutionary͟ by Pitchfork) and later delivered Harmlessness (praised as ͞bold and complex and dazzling͟ by Noisey and ͞grandiose and dramatic͟ by NPR).
Teenage Wrist - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Teenage Wrist
Alternative rock trio from Los Angeles, CA.

Kamtin Mohager | Marshall Gallagher | Anthony Salazar
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5