A lot went into writing your favorite song--but how much do you really know about it? This week Kyle Durfey, vocalist of the five-piece Maryland post-rock band Pianos Become the Teeth, delves into the pain of losing his father, writing non-abrasively, and growing as a person and band.
Song: "I'll Get By"
Album: The Lack Long After
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011
When it was written: July 2011
Where it was written: Our practice space in College Park, Maryland
Favorite line in the song: "I could love and drown in your God damned smile lines"
Which part was the hardest to come up with: I think just how the overall flow of the song should be and how the vocal delivery should come across. It's naturally a bit slower of a song so I didn't want it to be too abrasive.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Probably just little timing things here and there but at the end of the day you just have to accept what you recorded and how it came across. I kind of have the mentality of whatever comes out naturally is how it should stay for the most part, unless it sounds totally whack.
Odd fact about song: It's probably our favorite song to date. We love all the songs, but this one in particular leaves the door open for a lot of growth down the line. I edited the lyrics for this song about a hundred times.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: We felt like it summed the record up as a whole really well, both lyrically and musically. It kind of just leaves you with a feeling of nothing being better but that's how a lot of life is most of the time.
When was your favorite time performing it live: Well it's still pretty new but we played it at the fest in Gainesville and it was one of the first times ever live and it just felt really natural and a really good song to end the set with.
What is the meaning behind the song: Well the record as a whole is about losing my father, but I feel like each song touches on a different aspect of that. "I'll Get By" is basically me just saying that I'm a man and I'll move on but the world will always be a little darker without him and that's jut the way it is. Its a way of saying its okay to not be okay with losing someone you love. I'll never get over it, and I think that's fine.
Pianos Become the Teeth will be performing Nov. 17 at Vera Project