A Place To Bury Strangers have long since turned noise into an art form.
The band's unrelenting live shows are a feast of volume driven feedback, a blast of disorienting guitar effects transported to another dimension.
The noise rock godheads recently recorded a full session for Fuzz Club Records, and it gained a full release earlier in the month.
With the needle rarely leaving the red it's a bracing, thrilling, exhilarating experience, with tracks picked from throughout their catalogue.
Clash spoke to A Place To Bury Strangers' Oliver Ackermann about the loudest guitar albums of all time...
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Xinlisupreme - 'Murder License'
I distinctly remember the day my housemate Joe Kelly came back from Kim's, a now-defunct record store in NYC, with this record under his arm and popped it in the CD-J setup we had permanently set up in our house.
'Murder License' starts super fucked up and heavy and then it just hits you in the face like ten times heavier. It’s kind of like the first time I saw Mogwai, they’re just playing along noodling around and then all of a sudden your face is bleeding.
The harsh noise on this record is one not to be missed and there is just so much genius to be found in the first time you hear something like this.
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Medicine - 'Shot Forth Self Living'
This is the debut from Medicine and probably their greatest record. It starts out with seven minutes of feedback and you’re just waiting and waiting and waiting for the record to start and then, out of the chaos, like a lawnmower getting dragged up from a swamp while revving up, it kicks off.
The blistering guitars on this record are often sickening slide guitars run through a four-track cranked up all the way for added distortion. And if you own a four-track, please have the next recording you do be with the dials turned all the way up. You will make me and I'm sure Brad Laner very happy.
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The Jesus And Mary Chain - 'Psychocandy'
Perhaps an obvious one but I found this gem at a church yard sale mixed in with all these religious records. I guess one could say this is a religious record as well but man does this thing sound good on old vinyl.
It's like one of those tapes that’s half eaten in your tape player, some rats have joined in and they just don't stop. When I was younger I would often play this record to remedy a headache.
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Flying Saucer Attack - 'Distance'
This is an amazing collection of early singles that FSA put out after their debut record, the "second FSA album but not album number two" as the liner notes go.
Man, what a messed up wall of noise. Go put this on your dad's stereo (cause you know it’s better than the one you have) and blow the dust out of the tweeters.
It really is a blast of blistering, TV static noise.
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Six Finger Satellite - 'Severe Exposure'
'Severe Exposure' is the second album from Six Finger Satellite that was put out back in 1995. The sound of the guitar might not be quite brutal in the same sense as some of those other tracks but it is non-stop punishing nonetheless.
The angles are extreme and it cuts in such cool ways. You can just feel the energy on every track on this record as the guitar is dicing this one to pieces. Love is the sound.
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'A Place To Bury Strangers - Fuzz Club Session' is out now.
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