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Appearing out of Brooklyn with a bang, A Place to Bury Strangers’ 2007 debut is a thing of beauty, encrusted in a dense, grit- and rust-laden sludge that takes the shimmer off. Sounding like the love child of Lightning Bolt and The Jesus and Mary Chain, this trio knows how to hammer an alluring melody out of waves of guitar distortion and effects, drenching it all in copious amounts of reverb and brutal, teeth-rattling volume. Tense, shoegaze drones and circular, propulsive drumming make for mesmerizing listening, and when the trio lays it on so heavy they nearly collapse from the weight, it’s a thrill. The aptly named “Ocean” evokes drowning, but in a good, Joy Division-overkill kind of way; the moody, raw-nerved “Missing You” morphs into a symphony of guitars mimicking screeching power drills. More, uh, delicate tracks, like “I Know I’ll See You” — with its pulsing, Cure bassline and icy drum machine —  help leaven the weight of the collection without sacrificing the intended goal of making music that is penetrating and at times, soul crushing. It’s easy to imagine Trent Reznor listening to “To Fix the Gash In Your Head,” and slapping his forehead in a “shoulda, coulda” moment. Ah, hindsight.

Customer Reviews

A painfully sonic lullaby!

Post punk, dark wave revivalists BEWARE!!! This one is not one for the weak of heart. A blaring, sonic, earshattering escapade of the best influences any band of their nature can have. Like a post-humous Ian Curtis locked in a padded cell with Lightning Bolt, chanelling Thurston Moore and the Jesus and Mary Chain regurtiating a cocktail poured by Voivod, and this may not even come close. Rejoice in this and be sure to check out this band LIVE. Thank you BROOKLYN for keeping the DREAM alive and separating the poseurs from the real deal, alas.

Painting Pictures In Your Head

I first saw A Place to Bury Strangers only a month ago, while visiting a friend in New York City. The original intention was just to see Blacklist (1st band out of four), and of course socialize. However, I was blown away by A Place to Bury Strangers beautiful shoe gazing landscape sound, excellent visuals, and not to mention a glamorous cover of Sonic Youth’s “Death Valley 69” (from Bad Moon Rising LP). I purchased this album immediately after the show was over, and the followed the band into another club where they were spinning some great tracks for 4:00 AM in the morning. This album has incredible depth, and “Ocean” is by far the stand out track. Clean out your ears, put on some headphones, and be ready to taken away. I just wish I could have coughed up the courage to thank the gentlemen for making my night. It’s for certain I’m a fan now, and the fact I’ve been playing this album for two weeks straight should only propel the reasoning to purchase this more so.

Modern Day Jesus And Mary Chain

Yeah so if you happen to stumble upon A Place To Bury Strangers, be prepared to be taken on a wild rollercoaster of noise. This band is LOUD (thus dubbed "the loudest band in NY). They really are the modern day Jesus and Mary Chain. The vocals are reverbed and then put behind the squeals and the wall of sound guitar. If you get caught off guard, the sounds might be a pain to listen to at first, but if you really like what's going on, you'll grow into it. If you're a fan of shoegazing or noise pop, give A Place to Bury Strangers a chance.


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Drawing inspiration from shoegaze, classic indie rock, and atmospheric and dark sounds of all stripes, the Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers is the project of Oliver Ackermann and a rotating cast of support players. Forming out of the ashes of the like-minded Skywave, the band's original lineup featured Ackermann, Jay Space, and Jono Mofo. Taking a darker, heavier, and more experimental approach than Skywave, the trio made a splash in 2006, recording and playing gigs with Read Yellow, Bravo...
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