Pianos Become the Teeth

Pianos Become the Teeth is an American band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2006. Their musical style has been inspired by post-rock and early screamo acts, and they are a part of a post-hardcore music movement also represented by Touché Amoré, La Dispute, Defeater, and Make Do and Mend. The group reissued their well-received debut album Old Pride in 2010 through Topshelf Records.

Pianos Become the Teeth
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsEpitaph, Topshelf, Doomed by Dawn, Blackjaw
Associated actsUnited Nations[3]
MembersKyle Durfey
David Haik
Chad McDonald
Zac Sewell
Mike York
Past membersJosh Regensburg
Matt Williams
Brian Bukszar
Matt Gardner
Jay Kapadia


Early years and Old Pride (2006–2010)

Pianos Become The Teeth formed in late 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Their first release, the Saltwater EP, was released in 2008 through Doomed by Dawn Records.[4] In early 2009 Pianos Become The Teeth released a split EP with Ezra Joyce. Their contributed track, "Creatures of Habit," was a darker song similar to the material that was recorded for their follow-up first full-length.[5]

Pianos Become The Teeth released their debut album, Old Pride in 2009 through Blackjaw Records.[6] They subsequently signed to Topshelf Recordings in October 2009,[7] and reissued their debut album in January 2010 through digital media outlets and on CD.[6] The Topshelf version of Old Pride saw a much wider release that was met with much acclaim. Andrew Kelham of Rock Sound gave the album a nine out of ten, and wrote that "With a why-just-write-a-song-when-you-can-write-an-epic attitude, the eight songs on their second record are distinguished, articulate and immersive as their juddering post-hardcore clashes with moments of Explosions in the Sky rivalling tenderness and Mogwai-esque grandeur."[8] Writing for Alternative Press, Brian Shultz gave the album four out of five stars and said that the group has, "quietly refined their craft over the last few years into an incredibly cathartic and sporadically chilling mode. Their screamo peers--past or present--should be more than envious."[9] Old Pride was released on vinyl in June 2010 as a joint release through Topshelf Records and Mayfly Records.[10] In support of the album, Pianos Become The Teeth toured the US with Touché Amoré and Lemuria.[11]

In October 2010, Pianos Become The Teeth released a split EP with the Saddest Landscape through Just Say No! Records.[12]

The Lack Long After (2011–2013)

In January 2011, the Pianos Become The Teeth had begun writing a new album, and described the new songs as being "darker and heavier" than previous material, and that they would not become "Old Pride part 2," alluding to new musical direction.[13] Recording began on August 1, 2011 at Developing Nations Studio with producer Kevin Bernsten.[14] In October and November, the group supported Title Fight on their headlining US tour.[15] Topshelf Records released the LP The Lack Long After, a concept album about vocalist Kyle Durfey's father's death from multiple sclerosis,[16] on November 1, 2011, with a supporting tour with Touché Amoré and Seahaven following shortly after.[17]

Pianos Become the Teeth, in 2013, also released a split EP with friends Touché Amoré. Pianos' song "Hiding" was noted for its stylistic change from The Lack Long After which hinted toward their change which became apparent on Keep You released in late 2014.

Signing to Epitaph and Keep You (2014)

Pianos Become the Teeth signed with Epitaph Records in 2014, and released their third studio album, Keep You, on October 28 of that year. The Will Yip-produced album is noted for its stylistic departure from earlier releases, featuring a less aggressive sound and no screamed vocals from Kyle Durfey.[18][19] The band promoted the album with an online stream of "Repine" in August 2014.[18]

Wait for Love (2018)

On November 8, 2017 Pianos Become the Teeth announced that their new album would release on February 16, 2018. They also released the first single and music video off the album, "Charisma".

The band subsequently released music videos for "Bitter Red"[20] and "Love On Repeat"[21] ahead of the album release. After the album's release, Pianos Become The Teeth announced an August 2018 UK co-headline tour with Foxing (band) to celebrate the release and coincide with their appearance at ArcTanGent festival.[22]

Musical style and lyrics

Pianos Become The Teeth is a prominent band in "The Wave," a new generation of post-hardcore bands that share similar ideologies.[23] Other figures in The Wave include La Dispute, Touché Amoré, Defeater and Make Do and Mend.[24] The bands in this movement perform with "emotionally-centered lyrical content, dual musical emphasis on both melody and distorted intensity."[23]

Musically, Pianos Become The Teeth write songs influenced by early screamo acts such as Envy, City of Caterpillar and Funeral Diner, and also post-rock bands like This Will Destroy You.[25] In an interview with Staircase Thoughts, the band described being labeled as screamo as "flattering in some respects," but ultimately didn't want to be pigeonholed as a "screamo band."[13]

Vocalist Kyle Durfey writes very personal lyrics that often discuss events in his life, or about dwelling on the future and growing up.[26] Specifically on their album Old Pride, Durfey wrote about, "how you have this 'young fire' when you're younger and you have to have an 'old pride' to feel right about your life."[25] The track "Cripples Can't Shiver" outlines Durfey's father, and how his struggles with multiple sclerosis impacted his life.[25] In an interview with Hearwax, Kyle Durfey commented on writing dark lyrics, stating "I feel like most of us and most bands we are into tend to write about darker things. It's hard to write when you're happy. This doesn't mean we aren't happy as people."[26]


Current members

Former members

  • Josh Regensburg – bass
  • Matt Williams – keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Brian Bukszar – drums
  • Matt Gardner – bass
  • Jay Kapadia – guitar


Studio albums


  • Demo (2007)
  • Saltwater (2008)
  • Close (2015)

Split EPs

Music videos

  • "Houses We Die In" (2009)
  • "I'll Be Damned" (2011)
  • "I'll Get By" (2012)
  • "Repine" (2014)
  • "895" (2015)
  • "Ripple Water Shine" (2015)
  • "Charisma" (2017)
  • "Bitter Red" (2018)
  • "Love On Repeat" (2018)


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