It’s fun, even if a bit sadistic, to imagine what will happen when what has repeatedly been called NYC’s loudest band plays PW’s Concerts in the Park series at Rittenhouse Square: tourists uncontrollably dropping their $16 Parc cheeseburgers, $7,475 bottles of Château Cheval-Blanc cracking to bits at Barclay Prime, poorly constructed, overpriced condos shaking like jello from the earthquake-force of the ear-bloodying sonic boom. While so many have been ineptly compared to first-wave shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, A Place To Bury Strangers have the gloomy effects drenched atmospherics and in-the-red volume to plausibly wear the elite shoe. Frontman Oliver Ackermann also runs an effects pedal-design company called Death By Audio, and with names like Total Sonic Breakdown, Fuzz War and Interstellar Overdriver, the goal of these pedals is crystal clear. Magnetic Fields/Beat Happening-inspired locals the Homophones bring the calm before the storm.
Wed., Aug. 18
With the Homophones
18th and Walnut sts
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014