We’ve forgotten a lot in last year-plus of pandemic lockdown, but one can’t forget hearing A Place To Bury Strangers rock. The group has long been known as the ‘loudest band in New York,’ but aren’t just loud, as they mix in elements such as shoegaze atmospherics and industrial crush. New EP Hologram reminds that APTBS rock.
At just five songs, Hologram is more a reminder than a full-fledged return of the band, now with John & Sandra Fedowitz behind main man Oliver Ackerman. But it does showcase what they do well, from the slow burn garage-road of opener “End of the Night 1” to the slower eighties atmosphere of closer “I Need You”. There’s the distant echo of “Playing the Part”, but also the speedier garage-rock (think The Hives) of “I Might Have”.
NYC shut down earliest of any part of the USA, and is now opening back up, so it’s fitting to have the return of the Big Apple include the return of A Place To Bury Strangers.