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Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Place To Bury Strangers, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles

Taking the stage, A Place To Bury Strangers (APTBS) proceeded to fill the darkened theater, with a wall of sound 50' high, while only being silhouetted in undulating projector light, pouring out from the recesses of the stage. The trio's minimalist signature sound shown through the stark projected illumination. Song after song were delivered by singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann, with an intensity as hot as molten phosphorous; strewn with feedback laden guitar; backed by pulsating bass & drums.

APTBS played just under an hour, visiting their most recent album "Exploding Head", their self-titled release, as well as some new tunes. The most notable among were the distorted-pop of "Missing You", the equally damaged, surf-inspired "Deadbeat", as well as a highlight from their first album, the ominously catchy "Don’t Think Lover".

Their performance delivered more than the high marks expected. APTBS combined a stark intensity with the feedback driven sound-scapes of an art instillation; equating to an amazing show. They are truely a band that has to be experienced.

Photos & Review: Clovis IV

© 2010 Clovis IV

1 comment:

dru said...

great shots.