December 28, 2007

Top 10 of 2007: # 6 - A Place to Bury Strangers - S/T

I see a pattern forming.

This year has been filled with new records that remind me of favorite old ones and then me loving these new releases enough to place them in my top 10 of the year list.

Ultimately the older I get and the longer I collect records, the harder it has become to hear something truly new and fresh. A Place to Bury Strangers are virtuosos at buzz saw guitars and reverbed vocals but for anyone over the age of 30 you will have a hard time not hearing a serious Jesus and Mary Chain / Suicide / New Order impression from track to track. APTBS pays tribute to hypnotic fuzzed out pop nearly perfectly so rather than cursing a band for not being original I will congratulate them for perfecting the sound.

This band earns extra credit points for designing guitar pedals which not only help to create their signature sound but also offers you a chance to dabble in their greatness. Check out the pedals here.

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