Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “So Far Away” by A Place To Bury Strangers from the 2012 EP Onwards to the Wall, due February 7th on Dead Oceans.
They’ve been reported to be NYC’s “loudest band” by reviewers and fans, but it’s been over two years since A Place to Bury Strangers have made a sound on record. Sure, they’ve put out a couple of EPs (singles, really) since their last visit to KEXP, but it’s not until now that you’re hearing new music from the band. Fans can rejoice, though, because the feedback-squealing guitars, bucketloads of reverb and pummeling rhythms are back! Early February sees a new EP, Onwards to the Wall, on Dead Oceans, a new label for the band. On it, guitarist and singer Oliver Ackermann, who also runs the Brooklyn-based custom guitar pedals company/music venue Death By Audio, remains true to the band’s earlier wall-of-feedback Jesus and Mary Chain inspired sound, but the new songs seem more focused and realized. Today’s featured song, the EP’s first single, “So Far Away,” is by APTBS’ standards fairly short, clocking in at less than 3 minutes. Amid the familiar gloom, Ackermann’s vocals push through, standing out further in the mix than on previous albums. It’s a welcome new confidence from a band not content to lurk in the shadows of their influences.
Unfortunately, there’s no Seattle date listed for APTBS’ upcoming Spring tour, for which they’ll join The Joy Formidable — and that’s a shame for us too because that reverb-laden rock pairing is so apt it’ll make you want to forsake earplugs for all the glorious noise of that ear-splitting show. Perhaps a road trip is in order! Find out where they’re heading on the band’s website and Facebook page. For now, here’s a new video for today’s featured song, composed entirely of shots from band member Oliver Ackermann’s iPhone Hipstamatic app: