New York-bred noise rock trio A Place to Bury Strangers (APTBS) stopped by Starline Social Club in Oakland this past Tuesday, October 9th with their tourmates Kraus. Bringing their trademark disorienting and immersive live experience to the bay, APTBS dished out a multitude of tracks, including many from their latest album, ‘Pinned’.
Accompanying the vocals traded off between the guitarist, bassist, and drummer, were huge plumes of fog and flashing strobe lights. And when folks weren’t straining to see the band amongst the white clouds, they were struggling to see them in the darkness of an unlit stage with just a few projectors or LEDs adding a splash of color.
Drawing a crowd of folks from the local goth, shoegaze, post-punk and experimental music scenes, the band left the stage partway through their set, dragging their instruments and a strobe to the middle of the audience, performing in almost complete darkness while surrounded by their fans. The sound of their tracks varied between lulling and pounding, with the night’s set being a rollercoaster of emotion and decibel levels.