A Place To Bury Strangers have often been called “the loudest band in New York”. This may very well be the case, but unlike much so-called “loud” rock and roll that’s out there, APTBS 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. A Place To Bury Strangers 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.
If you’re a fan of nineties shoegazing, feedback, and ear piercing volume then get your tickets now. Think The Jesus & Mary Chain crossed with early Cure with a drum machine and Ian Astbury on vocal duties. This is a band that need to be witnessed in a dark and dingy cellar, thank God for Barfly.
Light and rather brilliant relief comes in the form of Japandroids. Hailing from Vancouver this two-piece make garage rock that sounds like it was actually recorded in a garage. Scuzzy, dirty songs that are happier in tone than their American tour buddies, but definitely share a love of making a massive racket.
All in all, well worth 6 quid of your cash.
Doors – 7:30 PM
Tickets – £6 / £5 flyer