14.6.08

.a place to bury strangers.

aptbs

A Place To Bury Strangers
[Killer Pimp, 2007]

From the opening blast of overdriven guitars and hyperkinetic drums it's apparent A Place To Bury Strangers, self-described "loudest band in New York", want to pummel you into submission with their unique take on white-noise-derived guitar splendor, but then a hypnotic single string riff takes over to briefly deliver a respite from the assault, recalling the classic era of shoegaze. The swirling atmosphere of guitar feedback and reverb-drenched vocals immediately bring to mind the most obvious comparison: vintage Jesus and Mary Chain. And while the Mary Chain circa Psychocandy evoked The Beach Boys on bad acid or the The Shirelles gigging poolside at the Manson family compound, A Place To Bury Strangers also evoke a host of noisy early 90's British bands like My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Ride, Chapterhouse, Pale Saints and The Catherine Wheel without sounding exactly like any of them. These bands knew how to cloak their essentially straightforward and anthemic rock songs in layers upon layers of guitar effects to lend an air of psychedelia and psychosis to what without that noisy dressing would strip down to candy-coated pop confections. And what A Place To Bury Strangers indeed does is write pop songs, with simple, traditional arrangements, primarily in slightly menacing minor keys, and saturated with their own unique brand of sonic mayhem. allmusic.com