Ex-SKYWAVE!!! This may very well be the case, but unlike much so-called "loud" rock and roll that's out there, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS is not loud simply for the sake of it. The sonically overdriven sound they've accomplished is no clumsy accident, but a carefully cultivated and well-maintained entity all its own, fostered by an unbridled passion that's clearly evident in every live show they play and each recording they make. APTBS does not so much play songs as allow them to pour out. They are songs about longing, heartbreak and confusion played extremely well and at a passionately loud volume. While there are obvious reference points--Pornography-era Cure, early Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and pre-1990s Jesus and Mary Chain--the sound is all their own, in part due to singer/guitarist OLIVER ACKERMANN's day job of building custom guitar pedals (see deathbyaudio.net). Coupled with the solid bass of JONO MOFO and the relentless drumming of JAY SPACE, the APTBS team is a force to reckon with.
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