Today, A Place To Bury Strangers release their fifth full-length album, Pinned. The new record finds APTBS converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It’s their first LP since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann lived, worked, and created with complete freedom.
A couple of years ago, A Place To Bury Strangers made one of those big decisions Ackermann speaks of on “Never Coming Back.” They were in search of a new drummer and Lunadon met Lia Simone Braswell who was playing shows around Brooklyn where she had recently relocated from Los Angeles. After seeing her play, Lunadon was moved to ask Braswell if she’d want to come to a band practice sometime.
“As things go on, you don’t want them to be stagnant,” Ackermann remarks. “Being a band for ten years, it’s hard to keep things moving forward. I see so many bands that have been around and they’re a weaker version of what they used to be. This band is anti-that. We try to push ourselves constantly, with the live shows and the recordings. We always want to get better. You’ve got to dig deep and take chances, and sometimes, I questioned that. It took really breaking through to make it work. I think we did that.”
It’s a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole.
05/24/18 Washington, DC – DC9 w/ Prettiest Eyes / Buck Gooter
05/25/18 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery w/ Prettiest Eyes / Thrushes
05/26/18 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade w/ Prettiest Eyes / Lacy Jags
05/27/18 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight w/ Prettiest Eyes / Lacy Jags
05/28/18 Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/ Prettiest Eyes / Nest Egg
05/30/18 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa w/ Prettiest Eyes / Trashlight
05/31/18 Houston, TX – The Secret Group w/ Prettiest Eyes / Narcons
06/01/18 Austin, TX – Barracuda w/ Prettiest Eyes / Xetas
06/02/18 Dallas, TX – Club Dada w/ Prettiest Eyes
06/03/18 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger w/ Prettiest Eyes / My Education
06/05/18 Sante Fe, NM – Meow Wolf w/ Prettiest Eyes
06/06/18 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar w/ Sextile / Strange Lot
06/07/18 San Diego, CA – The Casbah w/ Sextile / Keepers
06/09/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater w/ Sextile / Prettiest Eyes
06/10/18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Sextile / Prettiest Eyes
06/12/18 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/ Sextile / Tender Age
06/13/18 Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret w/ Sextile / Dopey’s Robe
06/14/18 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile w/ Sextile