A Place to Bury Strangers, the trio often dubbed as “the loudest band in New York,” will showcase their forceful sound at Lowbrow Palace on March 7. The Brooklyn based band released their fourth studio album, “Transfixiation,” on Feb. 17 via Dead Oceans. The new record also features new drummer Robi Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2012. The band will be touring throughout the states and concluding in Europe with their last stop in Norway. What’s Up caught up with the vocalist/guitarist Oliver Ackermann before APTBS’ stop in El Paso.
Q. Will this be your first time playing El Paso? Anything you’ve heard about the city from other music acts?
We have actually played once before. It was pretty cool. I like El Paso. We didn’t get a chance to walk across the border into Juarez. Maybe this time.
Q. NPR, streaming the new album before the release date, said, “There’s not much mystery to A Place To Bury Strangers.” Aside from the APTBS trademark sound, what were you trying to convey differently in the new album?
This record was originally meant to capture what we sound like live. We tried so many methods for trying to make this work. What we found out was that the best takes were just the best performances. It had nothing to do with the way we captured the songs at all. If we really felt what we were doing and were all into it, it always came out best. Those are the tracks on the record. The right takes.
Q. You’re the sole original member. During your 12 years with APTBS, what have you taken in personally and from the business aspect of the music industry?
I try to stay away from the music industry, but I have to get involved a lot. At one point in my life I felt like I was chasing some sort of dream, now I’ve given up on that. I just want to make music that I want to listen to. We perform shows that we would want to go to.
Q. This is the first album to showcase your new drummer. What was the biggest adjustment when learning to gel with each other?
We just come from different places. There are a lot of things Robi does that we would never have thought of. Then there are things we have developed with our aesthetic that Robi is not aware of. It was also tough not hanging out with one of your best friends all the time anymore, but life changes.
Q. What makes the band decide whether or not to have a producer for your albums? From What I read, “Worship” had none. What made “Transfixiation” follow that same path?
I think producers can cloud the way we came up with these records. The sounds were very much part of the writing process. We were figuring out what we wanted to do as we were doing it, and this can take a lot of time. I think if we were going to do either of these records with a producer, we would want to have more of the idea realized from the beginning. We could do anything we wanted to do, and I think that is important for the growth of our sound. It is ours.
Q. With the closing of Death by Audio last year because of VICE and the warehouse being so connected with the band, what are the future plans for your effects pedal company?
We have moved into another space in Brooklyn and are currently working there. We’ll see what happens, but it is constantly expanding. We always have to get more people involved, keeping the quality up and work on new designs. Many exciting things are in store for the future.
A Place to Bury Strangers
Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson
Saturday, March 7, Doors open at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show
Ages 16+, $3 surcharge for ages 16-20.
Tickets available at holdmyticket.com