Piano Punk

Hardcore, metal, grunge, and punk for piano and voice.

Piano Punk has two albums:

Creepy Christmas: Carols in Minor Keys, 2020

PIANO PUNK, 2019 – An album with a variety of hardcore, metal, grunge, and punk arrangements on piano. A collection of fan favourites from live shows.

About The Albums

Creepy Christmas: Carols in Minor Keys (2020)

Creepy Christmas offers a cheerfully nihilistic take on the holiday season. Unconventional, minimalist arrangements using only piano and voice are a great way to spice up those Christmas playlists with something deeply unsettling.

Joy to the world broils with the wrath of the old testament god. Oh come all ye faithful is destabilizing and sarcastic as it flips quickly between major and minor keys. Have yourself a merry little Christmas becomes an ominous and sharp-tongued meditation on death as the lyrics “through the years we all will be together if the fates allow” take on new meaning. What child is this? in a minor key becomes a horrifying tale of the gruesome death of Christ (“nail, spear shall pierce him through, the cross be borne for me for you”) that feels more like a ritualistic sacrifice than a cause for celebration. All I Want For Christmas is You becomes fodder for a restraining order and Santa Claus is Coming to Town is a slow-burning, hair-raising warning.

With a healthy dose of cynicism, creepiness, and a tiny bit of irreverent camp, this album is a perfect fit for anyone who prefers their holidays to be a bit unorthodox.

Piano Punk (2019)

Piano Punk is an album which turns songs on their heads and showcases the melodies beneath the distortion.

Kip Mac brings passion and intensity to the piano, exposing their deep love of all heavy genres (particularly North American metallic hardcore and 1970s British punk).

“This show and the album that came afterwards started with learning the guitar solo from KENmode’s Dead Actors, a song I was obsessed with. On the piano, it sounded like music for a film. I played it for kicks to fill time between songs at an open mic set, thinking that it was a bit too obscure for the audience. My assumption was wrong: it was the best received song of the set! I tried a few more hard rock songs at a bunch of gigs and had a consistently strong response and deep connection with the music from a certain section of the audience. These genres are powerful because they speak to outsiders: they create a cathartic space for the angry, disenfranchised, apathetic, and rebellious.

–Kip Mac performer of Piano Punk