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Lonely The Brave’s Gavin ‘Mo’ Edgeley Reviews Pianos Become The Teeth In Amsterdam

Andy Ritchie
Andy Ritchie 28 January 2015 at 11.34

Lonely The Brave’s Gavin ‘Mo’ Edgeley Reviews Pianos Become The Teeth In Amsterdam

Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley, drummer for Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave jetted off to The Netherlands last week to catch one of his favourite bands in action. So naturally, we asked him to put pen to paper.

"After a day that started off disastrously badly and involved me turning up (a month) early (don't ask) for my flight to Amsterdam and (rightly so) being unable to board, I managed to snag a late afternoon flight and not actually miss this show. Enough of me being rubbish. The reason for this trip is to see Pianos Become The Teeth. A band who, in my opinion, are worth flying anywhere in the world to see.

Opening tonight's proceedings are Austria's New Native. Despite their young years they seem to have crafted a great set of songs that straddle that spacey, shoegaze sound somewhere between Title Fight and Jesu. Most enjoyable. [7]

Main support comes in the form of Silver Snakes. Vocalist / guitarist Alex Estrada - an intense frontman if ever I saw one - is completely captivating. I'd not heard them before tonight but have been listening to them ever since I got home. Fans of (early) Queens Of The Stone Age and Rocket From The Crypt will definitely find something to love here. [8]

Pianos Become The Teeth, however, are a band at the top of their genre -  even though I'd struggle to find a genre to fit them into. I've turned into a bit of a 'fanboy' for this band, so you'll have to excuse me for gushing. But why shouldn't I? Music is there to be loved, to be shouted about; to scour lyric books and find passages that strike a chord within you. And that's the great thing about Pianos Become The Teeth. Their music is incredibly relatable, and at times, painfully honest.

Piano's take to the stage with limited fanfare and sweep straight into 'Ripple Water Shine', the opening track on latest album 'Keep You'. It took me a while to get into 'Keep You' as the shift in dynamics took me a little bit by surprise. The first three songs that they play are all from that album, with 'April' (one of the 'Dear You''s highlights) sounding even more intense in the live setting. Vocalist Kyle Durfey clearly puts everything he has into it these songs, with arms twisting around the microphone stand and his face consumed in his mass of long hair. The musicianship from the rest of the band is also on point, with ethereal This Will Destroy You-esque guitars, and a thunderously hard-hitting drummer.

Songs from 2009's 'Old Pride' are kept to a minimum tonight, with only a wonderfully raucous 'Filial' making an appearance. Towards the end of the set we get treated to a heartbreaking  'I'll Get By' from second album 'The Lack Long After', with this particular song being my favourite of theirs. The set is closed out with 'Say Nothing' the last track from Keep You, with its anthemic "Let's say nothing some more" refrain echoing around the room. And with that, we're done. 

Pianos Become The Teeth really are a band to believe in. And tonight's show has fully justified why I do. You should too. [9]"

If, like Mo, you love yourself a bit of PBTT, the band are in the UK this week for a string of shows:

28 - NOTTINGHAM The Rescue Rooms
29 - GLASGOW Audio
30 - MANCHESTER Sound Control 
31 - LONDON The Underworld 

Meanwhile, Mo's band Lonely The Brave have a hefty tour pencilled in for March. We recommend popping along.

04 - CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
05 - HIGH WYCOMBE Bucks Student Union
06 - BICESTER Courtyard
07 - LEICESTER Scholar
09 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega
10 - MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
12 - GLASGOW King Tuts
13 - NEWCASTLE Cluny
15 - YORK Fibbers
16 - LEEDS Key Club
17 - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
19 - LONDON Student Central
21 - BRIGHTON Sticky Mikes
23 - PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood
24 - BRISTOL Exchange


Time is up in Amsterdam. It's been shit hot. Here's me being miserable on a ferry. ��: @lisa.gritter

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