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Pianos Become The Teeth - Touche Amore


Year Released: 2013
Format: 7"
Label: Deathwish - Topshelf Records
Reviewed by James Williams on May 1, 2013
This split was put out at the start of the year. It's got one song from each band on it. Pianos Become The Teeth goes first with Hiding. Their intro of cleanly plucked guitar has a country feel to it. It's a nice slab of indie inspired punk, with screamo touches too. I wouldn't go as far to call it a ballad, but it wasn't what I was expecting from PBTT. I like it though. It's got an honesty to it and it takes me back to the days when screamo/emo was filled with epic bands. There's no hardcore posturing and when screams are used, they're used in context and not overdone. Musically, it's quite dreamy actually and fits in with the Topshelf sound. Touche Amore is a different proposition, playing a more a hardcore inspired song in Gravity, Metaphorically. It's still got the melodic, clean riffs in it, but the drums are more furious and the vocals are screamed. It sits at the end of the screamo spectrum. Touche Amore sound like a more furious LA Dispute. To see Deathwish's name associated with this split is odd, given the music contained on the record, but it's not surprising given their association with Touche Amore. This 7" acts as a teaser for both bands and on this display you should expect good things to come from both bands. Topshelf seem to be doing a fine job right now.

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