A Place To Bury Strangers Pin Down Sound on New Album Pinned – Out Today!
I always imagined that Joy Division would have developed a sound akin to Brooklyn noise rockers A Place To Bury Strangers if Ian Curtis hadn’t died and the rest of the band developed an affinity for guitar pedals instead of synths.
What do I know though? I only discovered Joy Division through James O’Barr’s The Crow comic book in the wee early days of the 1990s, and was a bit too young to catch the Joy Division wave when it was actually cresting. Nevertheless, in APTBS’s sound, masterminded by singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann, one can hear a common musical thread that runs back through early goth bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain and, of course, Joy Division. Instead of simply reading and regurgitating the musical text those bands engraved on the ivory tower of rock music though, APTBS truly adds to the conversation that is noise rock, goth rock, and the whole cathartic dive into the abyss that this type of music often represents.
Other moments on the album ground APTBS more deeply in the Joy Division/Dark Wave camp, like “I Know I’ve Done Bad Things”. Even though it follows the Joy Division template, it goes places way darker, and harder, sounding than anything Joy Division ever came up with.. Here is a prime example of APTBS contributing to the advancement of the goth rock genre in ways that are brilliant, mostly because at this point it appeared there was no new tales to tell as far as dark wave/goth was concerned.
Adding a little traditional sound to APTBS via Braswell’s vocals, has a realigning effect on the band’s sound, making it less traditional sounding, at least in their genre. They’ve taken something that has almost become a trope and reinvigorated it. The addition of Braswell’s vocals on APTBS’s recordings has had the same effect that Trent Reznor’s inclusion of his wife Mariqueen Maandig’s vocals on NIN recordings has. It has made them more accessible, in an organic sense, while adding just enough unfamiliarity to push them into new territory. This is to say nothing about her drumming, which fits the band’s rhythm designs perfectly.