A Place To Bury Strangers Weighs in on Cleveland

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posted Thursday Nov 8th, 2007

This Saturday in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom, A Place to Bury Strangers will hit the stage with their rendering of modern psychedelic music. The band who formed back in 2003 is fronted by Oliver Achermann, the brain behind Death by Audio (the venue/recording studio/co-op in Brooklyn, NY), who is responsible for the coveted, hand-wired pedals known for producing the sort of sounds that are center to the psych mindset. Playing songs that are built around structures of ascending feedback, metronomic drums layered in fuzz, and distant, echo-drenched vocals that sound ominous and melodious at the same time, their songs often evoke a feeling of calmly hurling through space.

On their debut LP released earlier this year on Killer Pimp Records, they explore typical subjects in songwriting, from love to obsession to even hatred, and do so with a sound that harks back to the golden years of 80s psychedelia, pulling influences from The Jesus And Mary Chain to even the more industrial flavors of the Wax Trax! Catalog. With bass lines that meld into the spiny textures of abstracted guitar, they go from soft veneers of distortion that leave the feeling of waning doom in a song titled “Another Step Away.” Then, right back to drifting and constantly building melodies in the next song “Breathe,” all without taking a foot off of the fuzz pedal. Tirelessly being billed as “the loudest band in New York,” their live sets should easily live up to their recorded material. To Be a High Powered Executive and Moustache Mountain open the show. You can pick up A Place to Bury Strangers from insound HERE.

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