A Place to Bury Strangers
+ Sweet Jane and Percolator
A Place To Bury your Strangers have often been called ‘the loudest band in New York’. This may very well be the case, but unlike much so-called ‘loud’ rock and roll thats out there, APTBS is not loud simply for the sake of it. The sonically overdriven sound they’ve accomplished is no clumsy accident, but a carefully cultivated and well-maintained entity all its own, fostered by an unbridled passion that’s clearly evident in every live show they play and each recording the make. A Place To Bury Strangers does not so much play songs as allow them to pour out. They are songs about longing, heartbreak and confusion played extremey well and at a passionately loud volume.
While there are obvious rference points: Pornography-era Cure, early Ride, MBV, and pre 90’s Jesus & Mary Chain, the sound is all their own, in part due to singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann’s day job of buolding custom guitar pedals (see deathbyaudio.net). Coupled with the solid bass of Jono Mofo nd the relentless drumming of Jay Space, the APTBS is a force to be reckoned with.
‘A Place To Bury Strangers’ self titled debut LP sets tinnitus-inducing noise pop against a tension wracked Joy Division-meets Ministry backdrop. Plenty of bands have tapped the trebly, ecstatic side of shoegaze in recent years, but none have imbued it with this band’s frustrated aggression or lacerating feedback.
A Place To Bury Strangers can pull beauty out of eardrum-punturing bleakness.’
‘Those willing to fight the noise and embrace the ear -drilling will be rewarded with something impressively rewarding: a truly one-of-a-kind band with a singular sound and genuinely moving songs. Best damn show i’ve seen in a long, long time.
WILL JOINES- SONICFRONTIERS.net
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