A Place To Bury Strangers - 'Transfixiation'
The New York punks' instinctive approach feels too calculated to really work
Over the course of three albums, APTBS have tried varying levels of bludgeoning sound, but frontman Oliver Ackermann has never seemed content with the noise his band can make. The New York trio’s live shows are consistently overwhelming, and Ackermann – who owns guitar-pedal company Death By Audio – conceived ‘Transfixiation’ to be as instinctive. So it’s odd that parts of it sound too careful. The emotive lyrics on ‘Supermaster’ (“What have I become?”) are paired with a tame bass riff, and ‘Deeper’ is cringe-inducig “If you fuck with me, you’re gonna burn”). ‘Transfixiation’ fares better when it erupts into white noise, as on guitar freakout ‘We’ve Come So Far’ and punk attack ‘I’m So Clean’.
Record label: Dead Oceans