A Place To Bury Strangers is satisfyingly loud. So loud in fact, that at our most recent Dr. Martens Presents show at our NYC Union Square store, the band may have loosened some shelves. And they may have also blew a fuse. And smashed a guitar. But that’s the point of A Place to Bury Strangers: their brand of rock and roll comes straight through a wall of sound intended to bring people into the here and now. You have to pay attention; otherwise, your eardrums might split. A true hometown show for the band, the line snaked around the block well before doors opened — and packed the store from wall to wall. If you missed it, you’re in luck: Keep scrolling for a few pictures from the night, plus a quick interview with the band.
What is unique about playing a show in NYC versus other cities?
Dion: I guess the fact that NY is a major cultural hub and has a certain stigma because of its musical history.
Oliver: In NY you are smashed over the head with so many wild art shows to where you really quickly see so such diverse styles of expertise and so it really has to be something special to even fit in with what is going on. It is inspiration and I love that.
Lia: There are artists of every medium out here. Expression is imbedded in the culture. Culture is imbedded in the city. There is something universal about NYC, as if it’s the only place in the world that welcomes whatever you are, whoever you are, wherever you are in life. I’ve not lived here for long (3 years), but it’s one of the most unique and liberating places because of how diverse it is. Whatever you do to take your own creativity to the limit is invited and encouraged. I would even argue that it is a lot less competitive or judgmental than Los Angeles, which is where I grew up (though of course this exists everywhere).
What do you hope people take away from your performances?
Lia: That there are endless possibilities for anyone to explore. We are only doing this because we figured it was all that we wanted to do with our lives, create and share that with others so that they can continue the cycle of connection and unbind the tensions of fear that hold us back.
Dion: I hope that they feel like we have changed their lives in some way. The best shows I’ve been to have.
Oliver: I hope people get inspired to follow their dreams and do what they want to do.
What are you most excited about in your music right now?
Lia: “All I know is that I know nothing.”- Socrates
Dion: I’m looking forward to playing Desert Daze in California. We are visiting a country (can’t say which one yet) that we’ve never been to before. That’s always exciting.
What is your fondest musical memory from last year?
Lia: Touring with the Black Angels was a lot of fun. It was my first lengthy tour with the guys and it was really eye-opening for so many reasons. We met some great people and played some incredible venues. The crew was so sweet and helpful, it really made us all feel fortunate to be playing music together for the people.
Dion: I put out my first record under my own name. Felt like a good achievement for sure.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
Lia: My first pair was a dark green, metallic boot that I found for about $40 at Buffalo Exchange in Berkeley. I was shocked! They were slightly too big when I first bought them but as soon as I grew into them, we were inseparable. I have worn them all around the world and through most of the murkiest as well as the most treasuring moments in my life. They are still in my closet, worn out, torn, and reeking of cat piss (my roommates cat got in them and soiled the soul :*( ), but I feel compelled to keep them just so I can enclose them in a case and acknowledge all the times they got me from one place to another.
Dion: I do not still have them. Was the early 90’s. They were cherry 10 ups. You could only get them in cherry and black back then. I painted them purple. I was getting into punk rock and it seemed like the thing to do!