A Place to Bury Strangers, Apteka, Big Sleep Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., March 21, 9:30 p.m. 2012

As part of the press push for 2009's Exploding Head, the think tank at A Place to Bury Strangers headquarters decided to accompany promo copies of the album with a pair of earplugs—kind of an obvious joke, actually. This just in: The Brooklyn-based noise-rock trio is loud—like incredibly fucking loud—and loves to revel in it. On the new EP Onwards to the Wall (Dead Oceans), just as on pretty much every other APTBS release, front man Oliver Ackermann melts sheets of dissonant guitar and feedback into a single deafening swell, but fortunately it's a gimmick that never quite gets stale. As far as I'm concerned, it helps compensate for the music's occasional gothiness and Ackermann's deadpan drawl, which gets a tad overwrought at times. Though blare is the band's thing, the standout song on Onwards to the Wall is the dark-grooved, relatively mellow title track, which pairs Ackermann's chilly brooding with the eerie, floating vocals of guest singer Alanna Nuala (aka Moon). It's one of the most even-tempered things APTBS has ever done, with a steady motorik beat and a rolling bass line, but it's still got those washes of feedback—so you'll want to keep your earplugs firmly in place. —Kevin Warwick Apteka, the Big Sleep, and DJ Bradiy open.

Price: $12

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