By Mandy McGee (via Moon Sounds Records)
I work PR for the label Moon Sounds Records and we have an announcement.
The pre-order for Ceremony’s – ‘Distance ‘is now up!!!
Set to come out December 17th and start shipping December 26th!
Pre-ordering will give you an immediate download of the albums two singles ‘I Want To Kiss ‘and ‘Send Me Your Dreams ‘(Previously only available on the delicious Famous Class Records as part of their LAMC series that Ceremony was a part of as a split 7” with A Place To Bury Strangers)
The other tracks from the album will be on CD when it comes out and will be available for streaming from our BandCamp page then.
All international orders will come with extras from Moon Sounds to offset the shipping costs.
Album mastered by Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers /Skywave)
We are so excited to finally bring you this album. It’s been a long time waiting.
By Mandy McGee
(via A Place To Bury Strangers manager-Steven Matrick: Kepler Events)
If you are in Brooklyn on Aug 22nd….listen up!
A Place to Bury Strangers will be playing next Thursday August 22 at Death By Audio with Bleeding Rainbow, Shark? and Potty Mouth. $10 Cover.
APTBS will also be releasing a live album available only at their merch table:
Limited to 500 copies. “A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS LOUD AND LIVE IN 2012” on marbled colored 12” vinyl with hand silk screened covers.
This contains 8 live tracks from 8 different shows during 2012. We will be selling these at our upcoming shows and they have arrived just in time for our European tour (see dates below).
Onwards to The Wall - Utrecht
Nothing Will Surprise Me - Hamburg
I Know Ill See You - Barcelona
Drill It up - Malmo
You Are The One - Brooklyn
Ego Death - Arizona
I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart - Leeds
Ocean - Bordeaux
We will also have limited numbers of the following *BRAND NEW* items:
-“Live at Death By Audio 2012”
Brought to you by our good friends at Famous Class who also did the LAMC “Burning Plastic 7”. A playable flexi record book featuring kick ass tracks from Jeff The Brotherhood, Tim Harrington as OBFS, Black Pus, Ruins Alone, Future Islands, Eric Copeland, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Metz, Grooms, and A Place To Bury Strangers, all recorded LIVE in 2012 at the Brooklyn venue Death By Audio. This puppy comes packed with artwork by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara!
-“Strange Moon - A Tribute To Dead Moon”
This 2013 RSD release 12” comes with a free download. 7 Dead Moon songs covered by us. Raw and ragged!
-“Raiser w/ Easy Life 7”
Comes in a really cool folded cardboard box. The people at Fractal Press (Greece) put a lot of love into this. These songs are only available on this release. We have a limited 200 copies.
-“You Are The One w/I Can Feel Your Heart Inside My Head 7”
We never got to bring many (if any!?) of these to Europe. This has completely new packaging and is on clear vinyl.
A Place to Bury Strangers 2013 European Tour
Saturday September 14 - Leffinge, Belgium - Leffingeleuren Festival
Sunday September 15 - Lille, France - La Peniche
Monday September 16 - Cologne, Germany - MTC
Wednesday September 18 - Munster, Germany - Gleiss 22
Thursday September 19 - Groningen, Holland - Vera
Friday September 20 - Amsterdam, Holland - Bitterzoet
Saturday September 21 - Tilbourg, Holland - Incubate Festival
Monday September 23 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
Tuesday September 24 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
Thursday September 26 - Malmo, Sweden - Babel
Friday September 27 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Pustervik
Saturday September 28 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
Tuesday October 1 - Helsinki, FInland - Tavastia
Wednesday October 2 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Zal Ojidania
Thursday October 3 - Moscow, Russia - Moscow Hall
Saturday October 5 - Kiev, Ukraine - Bingo
Sunday October 6 - Minsk, Bellarus - RE-PUBLIC
Tuesday October 8 - Warsaw, Poland - Cafe Kulturina
Wednesday October 9 - Krakow, Poland - TBD
Thursday October 10 - Budapest, Hungary -
Friday October 11 - Ljubjana, Slovenia - Channel Zero
Saturday October 12 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
Sunday October 13 - Belgrade, Serbia - KC Grad
Monday October 14 - Skopje, Macedonia - MKC
Tuesday October 15 - Sofia, Bulgaria - MIXTAPE 5
Friday October 18 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Mylos Club
Saturday October 19 - Athen, Greece - Fuzz Club
Tuesday October 22 - Lecce, Italy - Arci Rubik
Thursday October 24 - Rome, Italy - Blackout
Friday October 25 - Milan, Italy - Lo-Fi
Saturday October 26 - Verona, Italy - Interzona
Sunday October 27 - Winthertur, Switzerland - Albani
Monday October 28 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
Tuesday October 29 - Marseille, France - Le Cabaret Aleatoire
Thursday October 31 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 3
Friday November 1 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
Saturday November 2 - Cartaxo, Portugal - Centro Cultural do Cartaxo
Sunday November 3 - Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
Tuesday November 5 - Vitoria, Spain - Jimmy Jazz
Wednesday November 6 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
Thursday November 7 - Lorient, France - Les Indisciples Festival
Friday November 8 - Paris, France - Trabendo
Saturday November 9 - London, UK, Shacklewell Arms
By Mandy McGee
(Photo by Eric Foster)
This Seattle based dreampop band released a new song that is now up on their soundcloud. I have to say that this is my favourite song by them thus far. It is also the best recording I have heard as well. I am friends with the band and see them often live but this one song has made me very excited to hear more new material and see where they go from here. I booked one of their first shows over a year ago and in this short amount of time they have grown so much as a band. Vibragun on facebook!
(Photo via facebook, credit unknown)
This UK band knows how to bring you layers of boy/girl vocals drowned in distortion, fuzzy guitars, reverb, and a wall of noisy dreampop. Spotlight Kid debuted in 2011 with “Crystal Dreams” EP and released “Disaster Tourist” in October of 2012. I am just now discovering them and am totally hooked on their sound. It has the right amount of hook, dreaminess and melodies for me to swoon. I highly recommend this band. Get more info on their website and facebook and buy their albums.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
(Photo via Robi’s facebook)
Last for today, but not least by any means, is a new video from A Place to Bury Strangers. Robi Gonzales, the drummer, posted this video yesterday and it may not seem like the typical APTBS video because it is so silly, but I know these guys and this is more their personality. This video reminds me of how much I love these guys. I have known Oliver for a long time and it is great to see him pretty much being himself. I love this song and could not stop laughing at the ridiculousness of this video. APTBS FTW!!!
Written by Mandy McGee
Here is some info about a band that is near and dear to my heart. My friend Oliver’s band A Place to Bury Strangers. They are close to wrapping up their tour; only a handful of dates left. If you are in Seattle, then I will see you at the show!
06/07/12 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/08/12 San Franciso, CA - Bottom of the Hill w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/09/12 Chico, CA - Cafe Coda w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/10/12 Portland, OR - Doug Fir w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/11/12 Seattle, WA - Crocodile w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/12/12 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret w/ This Will Destroy You BUY TICKETS
06/24/12 Atlantic City, NJ - Orion Music & More @ Bader Field BUY TICKETS
You can also pre-order their new album and get a chance to win a one of kind pedal built by Oliver.
Check out more about the band HERE
Oliver’s pedals Death by Audio
Watch the latest video “You are the one”
Written by Grace Ibrahim
The 9:30 club is a landmark concert venue in Washington,DC. I and many others have been frequenting it the better part of our teenage and adult lives. However this was the first time I was there to cover a show as a writer, never mind the challenge of photographing bands in motion on stage! I have always had a lot of respect for my photographer friends like our own Mandy McGee but this experience brought my respect of them to a whole new level!
The bands that played were Exitmusic, A Place to Bury Strangers, and The Joy Formidable. I must confess my exposure to these bands was limited at best before the show so I was unsure of what to expect. However I can say now, with confidence, that all three bands have earned not only a loyal new fan but also an active promoter in me.
Photo by Grace Ibrahim
Exitmusic was the opening band and they did not disappoint! Aleksa Palladino the haunting voice behind Exitmusic is both beautiful and talented. Hailing from New York the lyrics she writes strike a chord in your very core giving you goose bumps not only on your skin but in your soul as well. Their sound is melodic and moves from soaring heights to the deep reaches of a cold abyss.
However one thing that remains constant throughout their show is how in touch with the band, yourself, and the world around you their music makes you feel. Exitmusic has mastered the art of pulling people in to the space their music creates and that space and message is colored in different hues for each person who hears it. If you have the chance to see this band don’t hesitate! It will be well worth it!
Photo by Grace Ibrahim
The second band of the evening was A Place to Bury Strangers, they were definitely the band with the most raw energy Monday! APTBS consists of Oliver Ackermann, Dion Lunadon and (newest member) Robi Gonzalez. Oliver who is the only remaining founding member of APTBS plays guitar and takes care of vocals for the band, he originates from Virginia but later migrated to New York. The band is rounded out very nicely by bass player Dion Lunadon who comes from New Zealand. Robi Gonzalez (former member of Jubilee) recently joined APTBS and is from Alaska just like former drummer J Space.
Their sounds is reminiscent of old New York Punk meets old Seattle Grunge. However their sound is completely their own the closest sound to them is perhaps Killradio. All of APTBS songs have high energy, and sound, they are loud but none of their sound is wasted nor does it drown out their lyrics. Together the band pours forth a powerful range of emotion and meaning in every song. This band is absolutely a band you experience rather than just listen to. Their music moved through everyone at the venue and even those who might otherwise stand idly by were compelled to rock out with this awesome band. The only things I would have changed about this show was more lighting and a longer set! I strongly suggest every one puts A Place To Bury Strangers on there list of bands you must see live, and don’t let it wait see them as soon as possible!
Photo by Grace Ibrahim
The third and headlining band of the night was The Joy Formidable their sound was fresh and lively. Each members unique and quirky personality lends it’s self to the signature sound of The Joy Formidable. All three members of TJF come from North wales and that adds a warm and familiar layer to there sound that has undertones of folk music to it. On stage they were full of energy and warmth, engaging the audience every step of the way, guiding us all on a journey of music and story telling. The lead Ritzy was a delight to watch as she sang, played guitar and told stories she lit up the whole venue with laughter,together with Rhydian playing bass and Matt on drums The Joy Formidable Lifted spirits and truly brought joy and light to ever member of the audience.
Looking over the audience one saw people dancing and singing completely caught up in the moment that was expertly weaved by TJF. The almost two hours we were treated to their music seemed to go by in the blink of an eye and left you feeling like making an all night a drive to catch there next show was a perfectly reasonable idea. Even as the show ended and people filled out there was much talking and laughter that bubbled out in to the streets fading in the distance like stars at dawn. I look forward to next time I can see this band and will follow their journey closely eager to see what tales they weave for us in the future. I hope all of you will give these bands a serious listen and take time to see them live each one brought some thing new and unique. All of them were amazing and I look forward to seeing how this twisted road of life leads and shapes them.