Photo by Shawn van de Peppel. Low-res provided by Apple.
The setting was perfect. The show was about to start while The Black Angels‘ Directions To See A Ghost album was blasting through the PA (thanks, soundguy), and then the lights went down, drenching the crowd with immense feedback through dim lights.
If you’re not familiar with A Place To Bury Strangers, imagine the instrumentation of Ministry mixed with Jesus And Mary Chain…then throw in some 60’s pop to give you the most infectious melodies throughout all the noise. Hey, no wonder Oliver Ackermann (vocals, guitar) is responsible for the guitar pedals company Death By Audio. Nothing sounds like this band, and he makes his own effects pedals to make sure of it.
Hey, this is a band that declares itself the loudest in New York and live up to it. This was my 2nd time seeing them, and they sure did sound like a fierce competition to Motorhead as far as my ears are concerned. During the song I Live My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart, Ackermann physically took his amp during a noise freakout and brought it as close to the mic as he could to guarantee the maximum noise possible.
It was a great show. You can tell it’s a great show when you think the band could have gone on for another 2 hours.
So, right before it started, I caught up with the band and had some small talk. Yes, they will be releasing a new album this year. June 26, to be correct, if all goes well.
Oh: I have two signed vinyl copies of their latest EP, the great Onwards To The Wall to giveaway.
Just make sure you ‘like’ Them Blue Midnights on Facebook to satisfy my ego, and you’re in.
The 2 winners will be declared on Monday, April 9th.
(PS: If you do win, keep in mind it’s an EP – you play it at 45 RPM!)
(P.P.S. I was informed by Oliver Ackermann that the amazing back vocals on the song Onwards To The Wall were provided by an ex-roommate of his…she has a musical project of her own, called Moon. Check it out!!!)
Cheers, and best of luck x
Thanks to Oliver Ackermann for making this possible.