A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Onwards To The Wall’

Disarmingly pretty

It’s further into the void for Brooklyn’s most darling purveyors of monolithic noise rock, and on this five-track collection, their mission to pummel harder and heavier than all in their wake sees them ditch the electronics of their early years entirely. Instead, it’s more bracing than before, while also, on the likes of ‘I Lost You’ and ‘So Far Away’, managing to be disarmingly pretty. For a band able to summon such foreboding it’s over remarkably quickly but, like having your head stuck in a tin bath while someone crashes cymbals across each side, the after-effects will leave you staggering for far longer.

Dan Martin

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