Eardrum cracking missives from the midnight hour on WHLL, the ONLY station that broadcasts to the second AND fifth circle of the greater Helltropolitan area; Joy Division by way of Ministry (or possibly Ministry by way of Joy Division); Jesus and Mary Chain on ‘roids.
Why You Should Care:
We first encountered NYC’s A Place To Bury Strangers back in 2012 opening for the Joy Formidable we saw a decidedly less aggressive but considerably more innovative take on industrial shoegaze, and at that time the only appropriate response was “HO-LEE-SHIT!” Smoke machines, glaring lights and a speaker cabinet set center stage where a front man would all but scream “strap in motherfuckers” and if you didn’t, it’s not clear how you survived that pummeling assault of sight, sound, and aggressively sophisticated rock and roll.
This week the band released their fourth album, Transfixation, and “We’ve Come So Far,” the first single from the record sees them distilling all of the power, volume and sheer bombast of their stage show down into a tight, unsettling five minutes of audio destruction. Check out the just released video of the song from their performance at the last show of legendary and now defunct DIY space Death By Audio (which guitarist Oliver Ackerman cofounded) below.
More importantly though, A Place To Bury Strangers takes the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel TONIGHT with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Multicult supporting. So if you’re ready to have your face melted by 100% maximum rock and roll then get your tickets here. And don’t forget your earplugs, kids.