Exclusive Interview with NYC’s A Place To Bury Strangers


This past week I had heard that “The Loudest Band in New York,” aka Pilam and check them out for myself.

I must say that PTBS did not disappoint. The packed house was rocked by a mind boggling, ear splitting set. Kids in crazy Halloween costumes danced, jumped, and thrashed in a sea of neon lights, shining down from seizure-inducing videos projected on the wall.

Afterwards, with my eardrums still pleasantly ringing, I managed to speak with front-man Oliver Ackermann and Spencer, the band’s video artist…

Robin: So how do you feel about A Place to Bury Strangers being called “The Loudest Band in New York?”

Oliver Ackermann: It’s no big deal. I guess it was in some blogs, something about “The Loudest in The World.” Jono put it on the MySpace as more of a tongue-in-cheek thing.

We’re just trying to target the right sounds. It’s a technical accomplishment to create the sounds that capture the right feeling.

R: How was the atmosphere tonight?

O:The feel of this place was really great. Some of the smaller places are better because they help us find just the right sounds. Plus strobe lights always get people in a really good mood. But the funny thing is, we can never truly tell what we sound like, because we can’t be the observer. Tonight seemed good to me, though.

A Place To Bury Strangers – Never Going Down

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