A Place to Bury Strangers
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A Place to Bury Strangers Hologram EP Release Show with Maxband, Wah Together
In 2003, Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers emerged on the scene out of Oliver Ackermann’s psychotropic vision. Often cited as ‘ the loudest band in New York’, APTBS is known for their vicious live performances overloaded with all-consuming visuals, experimental sonic warfare, and treacherous stage antics.
2021 welcomes a lineup change for A Place To Bury Strangers. New members John Fedowitz (bass) and Sandra Fedowitz (drums) of Ceremony East Coast cement the most sensational version of the band to date. John and Oliver were childhood friends who had played in the legendary underground shoegaze band Skywave, crafting futuristic punk music together. This next phase is a sonic return to APTBS’s most raw and unhinged endeavors, pushed even further into a new chaotically apocalyptic incarnation.
During the on-going global pandemic, Ackermann spent his time building this new band, raising money and awareness for those in need, establishing the record label Dedstrange, designing futuristic space synthesizers for his company Death By Audio, and producing a brand new A Place To Bury Strangers EP. The new EP, Hologram will be released July 16, 2021, on Dedstrange. Watch out.
Years into their friendship, Max Savage (Parquet Courts), Patrick Smith (A Beacon School), Tim Nelson and Eric Read decided it was finally time to start making music together, and thus Maxband was born. They enlisted Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Ashe, Wet), a mutual friend, to produce and mix their official debut release, Top Of The Stairs EP, which came out in November 2020.
New York City might be a gilded husk of its former self, but Wah Together have blown out a hole in the sweat-stained wall, churned up the asphalt and uncovered untrammeled layers of the city’s garage/psych-underground. No mere ruddy-cheeked baby-band, Wah Together instead assembles a loose group of friends and musicians, each seminal to the city’s musical legacy.
Masterminded by multi-instrumentalist and film composer Phil Mossman (ex.LCD Soundsytem), the band met-cute earlier this year at a “chance” jam session Mossman slyly arranged in his dark DUMBO basement studio roping in long-time friend and drummer Vito Roccoforte (The Rapture, Vito & Druzzi, Body Music) to play with guitarist and producer Steve Schiltz(Longwave, Hurricane Bells). The sound the three produced that day was an emphatic mix of contorted rave-ups, feedback drenched space oddities and pulsating Krautrock but it might have only remained a sprawling and allusive project the three conjured periodically if not for Jaiko Suzuki.
An avant-garde/experimental drummer, full-time restaurant worker, former go-go dancer and occasional Coney Island “mermaid”, Suzuki has leant vocals to a variety of projects but never really sung in a band until being recruited by her old pal Roccoforte. Suzuki’s voice, at once both effervescent and direct, digs into her bandmates’ tightly linked motoric and shoegazed jams coaxing out hooks and adding ballast to the shattering volume they produce.