The first time I saw A Place to Bury Strangers, I thought of that old Memorex print ad of a guy sitting in an easy chair, facing his stereo. His hair is blown back like the music coming from his stereo was so strong and clear it was like he was literally blown back. A three-piece from NYC, APTBS is like an indie-rock mashup of Motorhead and Pink Floyd playing through Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound;"unique but blistering loud, with a beat that's almost visceral.
They're also incredibly nice guys. So it was super cool to hear today that they signed with the Dead Oceans label (see also Strictly Canadian and Jagjaguwar). Of them, label co-founder Phil Waldorf said the following:
I've been enamored with A Place to Bury Strangers since I first heard their debut album. Their live shows have rattled me time and time again. It is not often you get to work with a band that you've been closely following for years, and we are honored to be a part of their new chapter. Wait until you hear what comes next.A new set of 5 songs, which will be released on Dead Oceans as an EP in early 2012 with tour dates in support. NYCers can also see them on 10/19 at the Dead Oceans/Strictly Canadian/ Jagjaguwar CMJ showcase in Brooklyn at the Union Pool. Don't forget your ear plugs.