A Place To Bury Strangers: Louder Than The Rest


  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/96174372/96122537" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/96174372/96122536" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Set List

  • "Don't Think Lover"
  • "To Fix the Gash in Your Head"
  • "I Know I'll See You"
  • "Ocean"

A Place to Bury Strangers performed a deafening set at the Gibson Showroom during the CMJ Music Festival. Doron Gild hide caption

itoggle caption Doron Gild

It's hard to believe that the guitar noise of A Place to Bury Strangers comes from just three people. At the Gibson Showroom in New York City, the band ran through a quick sound check and delivered by far the loudest set KEXP recorded during the CMJ Music Festival.

Underneath the bombastic sounds of Oliver Ackerman's homemade effects pedals, A Place to Bury Strangers writes honest-to-goodness pop songs in the vein of New Order and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band both celebrates and subverts its danceable rock with layers upon layers of My Bloody Valentine-style white noise, without sounding anything like their influences.

Closing A Place to Bury Strangers' set with "Ocean," Jay Space pummels the drums with a white-hot fury. It's a perfect set-up for the set's final two minutes: a torrid squall of guitar destruction that made KEXP's John Richards exclaim, "Man, it's times like that I wish I could swear on the radio."

Purchase Featured Music

Place to Bury Strangers

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers
Rocket Girl

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.