A Place to Bury Strangers - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

A Place to Bury Strangers - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA

by Brian Lange. Rating:9 Release Date:2012-01-22

Destruction of instruments!!! 

Epilepsy sufferers, be warned… this show would probably kill you. The odor of ganga was pungent during the brief intermission prior to A Place to Bury Strangers’ entering the stage. With strobe lights and projector screen in place, frontman and guitarist an Oliver Ackermann, bassist Dion Lunadon, and drummer Robi Gonzales graced the stage with an assault of noise, lights and chaos. 

On stage, Oliver brandished his decaying Fender, bouncing around the stage like a teenager with a sugar high. Inspired by the likes of Jesus & Mary Chain, APTBS never seem to give any less than full-throttle at any of their shows. The energy in the room was palpable.

Visually, we were treated to a mixture of strobe-lights, video projections, stage smoke, strobe-lights, stage antics, colorful lights, and strobe-lights. Though the majority of APTBS’ set consisted of strobe-lights that go along with the abrasive noise-rock they are known for, the lighting technician does a valiant job with setting up an atmosphere and mood using a more basic lighting arrangement for songs less requiring of strobe action. This included multi-colored lasers that often backlit or encircled the performers, abstract patterns projected onto the rear screen, and gobos. 

What kind of set would (almost) end without the throwing and beating of a guitar? Calmly at first, Oliver began turning his guitar around in awkward ways that eventually led to pounding it into the stage and throwing it before leaving it for dead. Soon after this destruction, Dion started to haul his amp into the crowd, followed by Robi and Oliver, adorning a new guitar, crawling some six/seven meters into the crowd to the merch booth to play a couple electronic-and-drone-inspired instrumentals for all those lingering in the back.

Then the house lights popped on and there was no encore… but none was needed. Amazing show.

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