Tuesday, 1 December 2009
A Place To Bury Strangers - The Garage - 15/11/09
With a reputation for being the loudest band in New York I think it's fair to say the first thing I thought of was to bring my ear plugs considering the extent of extremely loud bands that already reside in the amazing city although the band assured me that this 'nickname' came about from a particular article and wasn't a shameless act of self promotion I was still dubious and after a couple of songs realized that it was probably the best decision I made all day.
In the short time that they have been around, A Place To Bury Strangers have already gained a huge following and a great reputation for putting on mind blowing shows, the hoards of fans who crammed into the sold out venue ranged from rowdy teenagers (you know the type, the ones that like to throw their McDonalds around the tube, still read Kerrang but somehow think they have an ungodly opinion second to none about music) to chubby old fellas and the only thing I could comprehend that any of these people had in common was the fact that they were all dressed in black, preferably at least one item of clothing to be leather so much so that at one point I could honestly say it was the first time I have ever stood out by wearing a chequered shirt and trainers.
After a fairly average support slot courtesy of Sad Day For Puppets it was time for the main event, striding onto stage in a haze of guitar whir and heavy drums the first two songs were only the warm up for what was about to come, with crowd members jokingly shouting 'turn it up' the band gladly obliged and in turn deafened the crowd with an intense hour and a half of pure brilliance. The songs which were mostly displayed from the phenomenal aptly named 'Exploding Head' sounded so much better live than they ever could on cd, the relentless driving force of the sound really does transport you somewhere totally different and it was hard to take my eyes off of the wonderful frontman Oliver Ackermann throwing himself around stage over and over again, slamming his guitar on the floor and into his amps before falling to his knees and messing about with the pedals whilst a large number of the fans to the front of the crowd were going mental.
This was one of those shows that completely takes it out of you, with the crowd stumbling out of the venue silenced by the intense performance I was left thinking that this was one of the best gigs I have been to this year.
A Place To Bury Strangers are back over here this week playing All Tomorrow's Parties and if you are going I highly recommend you check them out.