Saturday, October 24th, 2009
CONTEST – A Place To Bury Strangers @ The Mod Club – October 27, 2009
Joel BarhamandConsidering the sheer number of bands in the five boroughs, laying claim to being “the loudest band in New York” is no mean feat, never mind holding onto it. Brookyln’s A Place To Bury Strangers certainly got a lot of mileage out of that title when they first burst onto the international stage with their 2007 self-titled debut, a searing groin kick of white noise that still managed to pass itself off as melodic and even pop at times. The follow-up Exploding Head doesn’t give up much in the way of decibels, but some aesthetic tweaks in the production allow the songs to shine through even more, giving the record some more substance beyond the visceral sonic attack.
But APTBS’ reputation for eardrum destruction was mainly earned through their deafening, strobe-saturated live shows and there’s no reason to think that they’ve tempered that much, if at all. Their touring roadshow winds its way through Toronto next Tuesday night, October 27, for a date at the Mod Club – tickets are $13 in advance but courtesy of Rootmeansquare, I’ve got two pairs of passes to give away to the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to bury strangers at Mod” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest closes at midnight, October 25.
The Quietus has an interview with head Stranger Burier Oliver Ackerman.