Nothing beats hearing a song that totally captures the spirit of the moment. Last night, while tuned into KEXP just after 1 a.m., silvery guitar noise, frantic industrial drum machines and terribly dark bass lines beat down on me like the stormy weather outside my window. It was A Place To Bury Strangers, the song was "To Fix The Gash In Your Head," and it thrilled me to death. It was like the band acted as a conduit for God to speak to me, and when he did, his reaction was unleashing dark, raging, miserable weather on the world.
The Brooklyn band has been dubbed "The Loudest Band in New York" and that could be a fair assessment. Shards of guitar distortion reached these incredibly high, Jesus & Mary Chain-level frequencies that I could just see splitting the stereo speakers if the volume was any higher than "low." And that heavy, ominous bass sound, obviously created by a disciple of The Cure's Simon Gallup, holds the bands goth tendencies intact with those rifling drum machines that doubled, sometimes tripled, the average BPM that early-Wax Trax industrial acts like Front 242 championed.
A Place To Bury Strangers play Chop Suey on Tuesday, February 26 with "a very special surprise guest" whose name I wish I could explicitly exclaim in big, bold letters. (Hint: It's something you'd never want to say in front of your devout Catholic grandmother.) Advance tickets are currently on sale at all Sonic Boom locations.