A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Transfixiation’

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A Place To Bury Strangers delivered their fourth album ‘Transfixiation’ this week via Dead Oceans. It was conceived following several years of non-stop touring, with the mindset that it would be less controlled, and more unpredictable than their previous material. After a month of recording at (the now closed) Death By Audio, singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann acknowledged that, “It got to be too much, where we – or at least I – almost had a meltdown or something. I felt like we had to stop, and I wasn’t even sure if the album was going to get finished or if we were going to be friends again.”

Several months later the New York trio reconvened with new material, and a fresh perspective on previous sessions. From an outsiders view, it seemed like A Place To Bury Strangers needed to recharge and get back to the fun of rock n’ roll (without worrying about the details), ‘Transfixiation’ is the result. It’s tinnitus-inducing, noise rock mayhem that’s best suited for the stage but here it is, captured on hard disc (or wax). I’m not sure this medium has ever done APTBS any favors because their delivery is just as vital as the songs themselves. Perhaps more so. This works against ‘Transfixiation’ from the start because it’s loaded with attitude, not hits.

It’s a rhythmic, textured affair with drummer Robi Gonzalez locking in with bassist Dion Lunadon. The pair complement Oliver’s trademark monotone vocals and stomp box wizardry. Often the bass line is the most melodic instrument, ‘Straight’ is one example. The single ‘We’ve Come So Far’ is another obvious highlight, the inclusion of a backing female vocalist in the chorus provides contrast. A contrast that is lacking on some of the album cuts. ‘Transfixiation’ is a feat of sonic exploration, style and spectacle but it doesn’t have the song writing weight to throw a knockout punch. In lieu of their stage presence, the album just needs a few more “songs”. In truth, I don’t think their core fan base will be bothered, it’s an exciting listen and I expect APTBS will be back, baying for blood and pissing off parents in no time!

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A Place To Bury Strangers - 'Transfixiation'
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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘We’ve Come So Far’

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Fader have premiered ‘We’ve Come So Far’, five fresh minutes of ear melting rock n’ roll courtesy of A Place To Bury Strangers. The New Yorkers show they can add a psych swagger to their trademark wall of noise. Pick it up on their new record ‘Transfixiation’ (out February 17 via Dead Oceans).

“The lyrics were written by themselves. The meaning is absolute truth. Life is super intense and fucked up so even accomplishing anything is a huge feat,” Singer/Guitarist Oliver Ackermann says (via Dead Oceans). “We should all be proud of that. When we have worked extremely hard for something for so long it is just amazing to look back on it all. Sometimes I just want to shake people for feeling useless. There is so much potential and amazing things going on all around. Help make something great for us all to enjoy. ‘We’ve Come So Far’ has an endless building feeling which mimics life.”
 
A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘We’ve Come So Far’

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Straight’

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A Place To Bury Strangers have finally announced that their fourth album ‘Transfixation’ will be out February 17 via Dead Oceans! The New York noise rockers have shared the first song ‘Straight’. It’s tipped to be a more experimental album than 2012’s ‘Worship’ and features their most recent recruit, drummer Robi Gonzalez. APTBS will kick off a North American and European tour in early 2015 (see dates/tickets).

 
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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘I’m Wise’

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A Place To Bury Strangers have a prolific work ethic – they’re already working on album number four. Keep in mind it’s been barely a year since their last LP ‘Worship’ and just weeks since we got our hands on their new EP ‘Strange Moon’. The seven track release sees APBS cover the work of Oregon-based garage rock band Dead Moon. EP cut ‘I’m Wise’ gives you an idea of what to expect, this is a stripped back, raw APBS. The rough edges are a perfect fit.

 
A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘I’m Wise’

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘And I’m Up’

‘And I’m Up’ is the latest from A Place To Bury Strangers, sounding surprisingly upbeat – hence the title! The New York noise kings show off their garage rock skills on this vocal led track. Ridiculous guitar squalls still interject, cutting against Oliver Ackermann’s cavernous vocals. Pick up A Place To Bury Strangers third studio album on June 24 through Dead Oceans. And for those of you hell bent on audio destruction, you can pre-order through SC Distribution for a chance to win a Death By Audio ‘Fuzz War’ effects pedal.

 

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘You Are The One’

Dead Oceans have announced A Place To Bury Strangers new record ‘Worship‘ will be released on June 26 (June 11 UK/EU). The noise rockers new single ‘You Are The One’ is up for free download here! Following on from the ‘Onwards To The Wall’ EP, ‘You Are The One’ is a stalker, it starts off nice and ambient before pouncing on your eardrums!

 

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