Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A Place to Bury Strangers





There is a sticker on the packaging of the debut album from Oliver Ackermann's new band A Place to Bury Strangers that proudly (and accurately) identifies them as "New York's Loudest Band". Now that's a bold statement considering NY is the mecca of noise rock, but I wouldn't test these 3 guys and their seemingly unconscious proclivity for mind flaying feedback explosions. Ackermann has swam similar waters before with his former band, the sadly defunct Skywave, but here he seems to be announcing his return as loudly and with as much pure, unadulterated aggression as humanly possible. A Place to Bury Strangers' influences aren't hard to identify, but they channel them so much better and with less ironic posturing than most bands of their ilk. Imagine the dense layers of white noise that My Bloody Valentine popularized, mixed with the pummeling percussion of Ride, all awash in a sea of Slowdive's horrific beauty and you'll begin to approach the sonic assault of this group. A Place to Bury Strangers' self-titled LP is currently limited to a scant 500 copies, all of which have sold out ( I was lucky enough to scoop one up before the deluge of online reviews surfaced last week). Killer Pimp is in the process of repressing the record, although how many copies they will make available is hard to say. The band on the other hand has already moved onto bigger and better things, signing a new deal with Highwheel Records with plans on recording their sophomore album by year's end. It's already been a fantastic year for art, noise and out rock, and A Place to Bury Strangers have loudly and convincingly bullied their way toward the top of this crowded field. Maybe it's just me, but all the abrasion and discordance cleanses my musical pallet and helps soothe my oft-skeptical ears, all while taking the time to shattered whatever hearing I have left. You've been warned...







1 comment:

Anonymous said...

looooooooooudddd!!!