Originally posted on December 31, 2008
Maudlin as Joy Division, loud as My Bloody Valentine, with the driving, relentless drum beats of an industrial band, A Place to Bury Strangers blasted right past the midnight hour at Mercury Lounge Wednesday night. “We’re not only the loudest band in New York, we’re the band who f—ed up the new year’s eve countdown,” proclaimed the guitarist at about 12:05am, after their third song. From start to finish, the set did indeed grow progressively louder with unflinching intensity, and even the video art being projected onto the band intensified from morphing shapes to flashing grids. The fifth song dissolved into unbridled din from the musicians and unceasing strobe effects from the projector, holding captive a—by now—partially debilitated audience, curious to know how far the band would go.