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A Place to Bury Strangers Reviews

Oliver performing

  • “It Is Nothing” starts off with screeching guitars and fast-paced faux drum machine percussion; those layered, almost intelligible vocals kick in. The ideas here aren’t indulging in lyricism and introspection; the ideas here are affectation and unrelenting atmosphere, a full, congealing blast, in total, of hyper shoegaze activity, pausing only briefly for a few moments of guitar sans bass and drums before the cacophony kicks back in, reassured in such chiaroscuro.
  • “There is a good reason for all the hype behind A Place to Bury Strangers. The trio has perfectly melded droning distortion with a rock and roll beat. With little ’80s space rock moments mixed in amongst the shoegaze, the new breed and batch of distortion-driven rock is done best by this New York City trio. “
  • “A Place to Bury Strangers have taken the “nu-gazing” movement to new heights with their latest release, with waves of reverb and sonic compulsions to bombard listeners into a bowed posture. Hit play, but choose your footwear wisely—you’ll be looking at it for a while.”
  • “Still, A Place to Bury Strangers puts its own twist to the screws and bolts of shoegaze and goth: “Keep Slipping Away” revs up the dour doings and rides a surge of brisk new energy, transported on the ecstatic waves of noise patented by fellow New Yorkers Sonic Youth. And by the time the listener reaches Exploding Head’s final burning dirge, “I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart,” the thorny walls of distortion clear to find songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Oliver Ackermann working new, riveting wrinkles in those old recipes. Don’t be a stranger, APTBS.”

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