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A Place to Bury Strangers - Echoplex - June 7, 2012

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Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

click to enlarge JULIE SCHUCHARD
  • Julie Schuchard
A Place to Bury Strangers

Echoplex

6-8-12

Even outside of their hometown New York base, A Place to Bury Strangers has a diehard fan base. In the smoking courtyard of the Echoplex last night, a man in a leather jacket told a much younger woman, also wearing leather, that he had driven all the way from San Diego to hear them. The place was packed with people wanting to get their bones rattled, and APTBS did not disappoint.

But before that heavy fun began, This Will Destroy You played a long, but well-managed opening set. Their music -- a sort of drone metal with plenty of noise -- can be difficult to listen to live, especially when you're anticipating someone else. But the band, who hail from Texas, kept the crowd captivated, playing songs from their latest release Tunnel Blanket. It was a challenging set, but a rewarding one. They closed with the excellent "Little Smoke," while nightmarish visuals gleamed behind them.

Their guitarist later explained to me that they achieve their strange visuals by rendering video signal with very early 3-D technology and then projecting that in a 2-D format. Not exactly sure what that means, but the effect was compelling. In fact, the visuals were one of the best parts of the night -- for their part APTBS were accompanied by a full on light show.

APTBS have been famously called "the loudest band in New York" and last night they were the loudest band in Los Angeles. Lots of people had earplugs in. The best place to stand at really loud shows is next to the sound guy; that is where the music will sound the fullest, with no instrument overpowering another. Also, an engineer's response can be a good indication of a show's energy. While they are usually just chilling, last night, they were head-banging along with everyone else.

Still, it must have been hard to manage that much sound -- APTBS completely filled up the place with noise. You almost wished you still had braces because your teeth shook in your head, threatening to go crooked. The guitars sounded like thunderclaps with a bit of lightening thrown in there for good measure. But it's not just sound for sound's sake; their songs are well constructed and even oddly melodious. Particular standouts were "Fear" and "You Are The One" off their upcoming LP Worship, set to release of June 26th. It's nice to see a band who got a ton of blog buzz years ago sustain an ethic and keep making music that lives up to all the hype.

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