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A Place To Bury Strangers

'Onwards to the Wall' (Dead Oceans)

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., June 1, 2012

Chaotic Discs

A Place To Bury Strangers

Onwards to the Wall EP (Dead Oceans)

Like a strawberry cupcake covered in Szechuan pepper, A Place To Bury Strangers finds the sweet spot by ripping its way through in Onwards to the Wall. The NYC troop endeavors to be inviting on this five-song EP, mixing thrusting bass and reverbed-to-hell vocals above the sheets of distorted guitar – but the effort is minimal enough that die-hards won't bitch. Even the pop-wise title duet with Moon's Alanna Nuala bristles with tension. Besides, the explosive climax of "I Lost You" and sonic corrosion suffusing "Drill It Up" leave no doubt that APTBS believes chaos is the best place to find grace. (Sat., 11pm, Spider House 29th St. Ballroom.)

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