Interview and Photos by Carlos Detres
I’ve never made it a secret. A Place to Bury Strangers is my favorite modern era band, which is evident due to all of the writing and photographs I’ve posted on the Dregs. Why? Because they consistently release great music that I like to call post-apocalyptic rock and roll. It’s not quite shoegazer. It’s not quite post-punk. It’s not quite anything else out there.
The band doesn’t really need an introduction, however if you’re hearing about them for the first time (where have you been???), I attached a link below this interview to a song I reference in the first question called “Girlfriend.”
I included a mistake that I made with one of my questions. I’ve included it here because the answer to my “mistake” is relevant.
We heard a lot of bad news coming from your last Euro tour but besides that, what were the positives? How did people react to some of your new songs (“Girlfriend”)?
Yeah a lot of things happened at the time that were pretty bad but it was ok, we all dealt with it ok and the tour was really rad anyways. I think the tension made some of the shows completely balls out over the top where we didn’t really give a fuck at that point and it was really great to just let loose trash everything every night. The people I talked to loved the new songs but usually you don’t get people talking to you telling you they suck so I dunno, I definitely saw a ton of people going nuts dancing for some of them so maybe? or maybe the lights were just dope.
“Girlfriend” is a more of straight forward rock and roll than most of your past releases. Can we expect more of this from the next album?
The songs we have been writing are all very different from each other and we wrote so many I’m not sure what the overall direction is as of yet but there are some crazy over the top songs and some super mellow cloud songs and lots of other stuff too. We are heavily experimenting and building a lot of stuff for this record so it is going to be a more of a sound roller-coaster than what we have done in the past.
Do you have a firm release date yet? If so, is there a title of the album that you could divulge?
We don’t have any date set at the moment other than we’d like to get it out this year but if its not ready at that time we’ll just take as long as it takes.
About how many songs have been recorded for it?
We’ve started about 20 or so songs actually recording them but most of them will change into something different before we finish them up. We will be recording a lot more as well.
Also we’re going to rewrite a lot of the new songs by performing on our tour for SXSW.
Your shows at Glasslands are becoming legend. How do they feel different for you than other performances?
I like Glasslands and I think it is the kind of place where you are right there with other people and not so much on a stage and that is always good. So that’s a bonus, if its early in the morning and in the middle of some town square that’s a big minus going for it but who knows the show could be good or bad besides that, those things just help.
[HERE'S MY BIG OOPS]
Steven! [the manager for A Place to Bury Strangers] I screwed up! Would it be too much trouble to have him re-answer question number 5? I meant Death By Audio. Not Glasslands. I’ll retype it here:
Your shows at Death by Audio are becoming legend.
How do they feel different for you than other performances?
The shows at death by audio are definitely charged with something special for me. Since that is where i see most of the shows i go to it is a place of pure inspiration and you kind of want to put on the best show anyone has ever seen there. Italso doesn’t hurt all of our equipment is an arms reach away. I remember breaking two guitars there one show and all i had to do was run into the other room and grab another. I doubt anyone even noticed!
Death By Audio is breaking ground for a lot of bands such as Young Boys and is one of the most genuine institutions for music in NYC. Do you find any similarities to CBGBs in the early ’70s?
I think there’s just a pretty good scene of people having shows in NYC so maybe more like there’s a lot of CBGBs’s around now.
Any plans to play in NYC in the near future?
Not that I know of. Invite us to come and play at your house.
[Note: The offer to come to my apartment and perform still stands, however we can only pay in peanuts and beer.]