Since the release of A Place To Bury Strangers‘ 2007 self-titled full-length, the noise-rock trio has maintained its reputation of being “the loudest band in New York.” There’s no shortage of gargantuan fuzz, feedback and distortion to back that claim up on Exploding Head (2009), Worship (2012) and a slew of EP’s, including this year’s Strange Moon.
But as reckless or chaotic as it might seem on the surface, the songs are more diverse and lyrically complex than mere walls of eardrum-splitting sound. Within the noise are well-crafted, atmospheric pieces with heavy psych, space rock and shoegaze influences, more melodic than dissonant. And, as you’ll experience at APTBS’s thunderous live performances, front man Oliver Ackermann remains at the top of his game in effects-pedal wizardry.
You have the perfect opportunity to see A Place To Bury Strangers – they’re headlining an official Austin Psych Fest pre-party tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. APTBS plays on the outside stage, along with Metz, Odonis Odonis and local rockers Low Times. Later on the inside stage, you can check out Cosmonauts, Orange Revival, Forever Changes, and local psych dream-pop duo All In the Golden Afternoon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the outdoor performances, and 9 p.m. for the indoor performances. A lovely way to kick off an APF weekend. Highly recommended.