11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Brooklyn-based trio’s fourth album, Transfixiation, is both an aggressive assault on the senses on its leanest, meanest tracks (“I’m So Clean,” “Fill the Void”) and an eerily beautiful flex of the band’s unique musical existential muscle (“Lower Zone”). Frontman Oliver Ackermann emerges as a spiritual descendent of Ian Curtis’ uneasy sense, and bassist Dion Lunadon carries the weight of the band’s melodies in his fluid, often-percussive lines. New drummer Robi Gonzalez holds things together by keeping the songs moving. For the brutal “I Will Die,” the band went straight to tape, while other songs (“Deeper,” “Supermaster”) sound more carefully calibrated.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Brooklyn-based trio’s fourth album, Transfixiation, is both an aggressive assault on the senses on its leanest, meanest tracks (“I’m So Clean,” “Fill the Void”) and an eerily beautiful flex of the band’s unique musical existential muscle (“Lower Zone”). Frontman Oliver Ackermann emerges as a spiritual descendent of Ian Curtis’ uneasy sense, and bassist Dion Lunadon carries the weight of the band’s melodies in his fluid, often-percussive lines. New drummer Robi Gonzalez holds things together by keeping the songs moving. For the brutal “I Will Die,” the band went straight to tape, while other songs (“Deeper,” “Supermaster”) sound more carefully calibrated.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Good LP. First two tracks...

Rhyno X

...show tons of promise. They're chipping holes in the wall of sound & letting the propulsive riffage open up and breathe. It actually grooves. A step forward. Great band. Good to your earholes. Never gentle.

Enjoy the album. Get blown away by the live show

HTW

The album is great, but do yourself a favor and see them in person. APTBS are the best live band I’ve ever seen. I mean that literally, and I mean the word “literally" literally.

About A Place to Bury Strangers

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 Silva, the Funeral Crashers, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. A Place to Bury Strangers' 2007 self-titled debut album, which was released by Killer Pimp, introduced their sonic assault; they moved to Mute for 2009's Exploding Head, which honed their songcraft as well as their commitment to beautiful noise. For the 2012 EP Onwards to the Wall, the band moved in a darker, louder direction reminiscent of its early releases. By the time of 2012's Worship, A Place to Bury Strangers had trimmed down to the duo of Ackermann and bassist Dion Lunadon, who recorded and produced the album themselves. Drummer Robi Gonzalez also joined the band that year, making his recorded debut on 2015's propulsive Transfixiation. ~ Heather Phares

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