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A Place To Bury Strangers

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Killer Pimp
  • ASIN: B000V6KAGM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The first sixteen bars of opening track "Missing You" play the same sequence of notes over and over again and last for no more than 24 seconds. Yet this is long enough for you to already get lost in the dense fog of sonic fuzz that is the motif of this debut album from New York three-piece A Place To Bury Strangers. Moreover, the song also introduces you to Oliver Ackermann's typically bleak, monotone, and indistinct style of singing, as well as his own handmade pedals that are used to alter his guitar's sounds so much.

Indeed, if this first song is the modern day equivalent of Ian Curtis fronting for Jesus & Mary Chain, then the next one, "Don't Think Lover", sees his namesake, Ian Brown performing in a similar capacity for My Bloody Valentine. This retro theme of 1980s UK super groups continues later on then with Morrissey being the lead man for New Order on "I Know I'll See You"!

The band claims to be the loudest band in New York. Given that the good folk of this city are famed for not being reticent about getting their point of view across, this is quite a boast. The songs themselves are an independent release of various recordings that they have made up and until now. This also helps to explain the somewhat disunited feel to the album. Since releasing this album the band have signed a recording contract, with a new album expected out later this year.

Another key feature of the album is its, at times, intense use of treble-laden synthesized loops. This is most notable on "To Fix The Gash In Your Head", where the impenetrable wall of white noise laid down seems to be the cause of the problem in the first place!

My favourite song though is "Another Step Away". Ackermann's distorted vocals are punishing here in their darkness and sparseness.
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This debut album by New York noise manufacturers APTBS is a colossal wall of harsh, metallic, powerful, razor sharp, barb wire spewing, alien, foreboding, disorientating, threatening, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, shoegazing, seizure-inducing, nerve shredding, adrenaline pumping, sense pummeling, synapse firing, knuckles in the face, distorting, convulsing, rampaging, unravelling, careering, headache inducing, wince making, bowel loosening, ear bleeding, journey into the heart of white noise, pressing your eyes against the rocket trail of Saturn V, effects pedal bashing, string breaking, wire chewing, strobe light flashing, lightning up your spine, electric shock, sheer uncontrollable beautiful, wonderful, amazing, awe inspiring, once in a lifetime... thesaurus pillaging... edifice of oh-my-god Oliver Ackermann is a genius of an album.

So why 4 stars instead of 5? Cos Exploding Head is better!!!
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Just warrants adding in respect of this excellent eponymous debut, this is in fact the re-release of the same self titled CD released last year on Killer Pimp (also listed here on Amazon), but in addition to having been Remastered, this release also includes an additional 5 tracks which are not listed on the Item Description. Shop smart ;-)

If you appreciate this and the like you'll definitely then also dig their previous stuff, pre APTBS Oliver Ackermann was the bass player in Skywave with two other guys who went on to form Ceremony (less outright noise, more drum machine). Just as noisy as this but a little less industrial, and a bit more 'organic'. Very good. Nigh impossible to find on CD anywhere, save the odd ridiculously priced copy of their finest hour and swan song 'Synthstatic'.

The Bonus tracks on this are essentially pre-empting the first Album 'proper' due out early next year (this is a collection of early Singles, Demos, etc.). These additional tracks are a great deal more even tempo'd and evocative than most of the the album tracks here IMHO and definitely induce that eerie submersive drowning sensation, that can only be generated by the finest Shoegaze excesses.
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In lieu of My Bloody Valentine actually ever making another album A Place To Bury Strangers is actually a pretty decent substitute. Released originally last year but in a limited edition of 500 copies it has been re-released because of extra demand which makes the original limited release either a smart marketing ploy or just a daft thing to do in the first place. Either way this album has suddenly snuck , or more aptly bludgeoned ,it's way into my top albums of the year list.
Lest the My Bloody Valentine comparison make you think this band are mere copyists of said band let me tell you they aren't. While they share many of the blurry edged textures of MBV circa "Isnt Anything " they also incorporate elements of Ministry, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Mudhoney and probably most pertinently Suicide whose ability to lock in a decimating groove they share.
Oliver Ackermann, front man of Brooklyn three-piece A Place to Bury Strangers: Under his catch-all company name Death by Audio (it's also a music venue, recording studio, and collective), custom-builds and designs his own hand-wired pedals, which are used by everyone from Lightning Bolt and Serena Maneesh to Wilco, Spoon, and TV on the Radio. He was previously a member of defunct Fredericksburg, Va., dream-pop revivalists Skywave, whose records who even more closely recalled MBV and JAMC. After their break up Ackermann moved to New York where he hooked up with drummer Jay Space and bassist Jono Mofo, and cranked up the vox of Tim Gregorio and formed A Place To Bury Strangers.
It would be all well and good relying on volume and velocity but Ackermann is sussed enough to vary the textures and pace of the songs.
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