Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Sainthood Reps Tour
Red 7 in Austin, TX on June 12th, 2013
What a line up. Tigers Jaw on their last tour before their hiatus. Pianos. Sainthood Reps. AND Dad Punchers. All on the same bill. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait for this sold out show in the sweaty, outdoor venue in Austin.
Unfortunately, the night started out as a bummer. The doors were supposed to open at 9, but the venue only let in about ten people at a time following that time, so most of us didn’t get in until just after 10 – meaning we missed Dad Punchers’ set. It was an extreme bummer since I was very excited to get a chance to see Touche Amore’s drummer Elliot Babin would do as the center of attention on stage.
I finally got in right as Sainthood Reps were setting up. With how solid their live show is it’s pretty crazy to think that Sainthood Reps only have one album – a fantastic one, but only one. It’s even crazier to think they’ve only been around since 2009. The layered guitar tones and angry, scream-infested vocals of frontman Francesco Montesanto commanded the stage. The chilling yells of “Wait, wait, who do you think you are?” on “DINGUS” and later the somber “Widow” each represent a different side of Sainthood. Here’s to hoping this band is working on a sophomore record, because the world and band’s fine-tuned performance are ready for it.
Let me preface this part by saying I don’t think I’ve ever heard a record as truly heartbreaking a The Lack Long After. If a band can put that much emotion into a record, I couldn’t wait to see what Pianos Become The Teeth would deliver on stage. From the instant the guitars fired off the set with “I’ll Be Damned,” I quickly realized Pianos’ live show was going to be even more intense on their records.
Frontman Kyle Durfey leaves everything on the stage. The roaring of “So striking / You leveled me with one look” on the furious “Shared Bodies” just about shook the crowd, while the shaky, unnerving singing of “There’s no good in your eyes anymore” on “Hiding” proved that Pianos are more than just a hardcore band. You can’t fake this kind of emotion. It filled the air, the crowd, the stage. If you still get chills and can’t even describe the type of heartbreak within The Lack Long After and Pianos earlier work, you need to see them on this tour.
I only caught about the first two-thirds of Tigers Jaw’s set, which I’m sure I’ll regret sooner rather than later. Initally, I was a bit worried that the absence of Adam, Pat, and Dennis would affect the band’s live show, but thankfully, Ben, Brianna, and friends sounded fantastic. The Two Worlds opener “Return” started the set off on the perfect note: “Keep to myself until it’s over / I can’t see it but I know it’s there.” What better words to start the set off with considering this is the last time Tigers Jaw will headline a tour for who knows how long. From there, the crowd sang along to the fan favorite “I Was Never Your Boyfriend” and ate up the equally Saves The Day-esque “Dent.”
Seeing Tigers Jaw live made me realize that I believe they will hold a lasting legacy. In the future, I see their names next to bands like Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids. Line up changes, amp issues, technical issues…none of that slowed the band down at all as they tore through cuts of their discography. Talk about the master of under three-minute songs. Their live show reminded me of seeing Bayside last year, as well, as the energy is very similar.
Aside from the fact that this is Tigers Jaw’s final tour for who knows how long, I think the diversity of this tour is what makes it stand out. Dad Punchers loud version of indie-rock fits very well with Tigers Jaw’s indie influence meets old-fashioned emo/pop-punk style. Sainthood Reps old-school distortion-using jams bring another flavor to the menu, while Pianos Become The Teeth emotion-infused hardcore tears apart the stage. Even though Tigers Jaw are calling it quits for now, their legacy won’t be left in the dark, as they’ve paved the way for many more bands to come.