A Place To Bury Strangers share the ‘I Disappear (When You’re Near)’ video from their new album, ‘See Through You’, out today (digital) and March 11th (vinyl) on Dedstrange.
A Place to Bury Strangers wrestle with self-destructive impulses masquerading as a path towards redemption on ‘I Disappear (When You’re Near)’. “When I’m on my own I can be a bit destructive,” says the band’s Oliver Ackermann. “But sometimes that special person comes along, and you melt into infinity.”
‘I Disappear (When You’re Near)’ rides a dominating four-on-the-floor rhythm through hazy, disorienting guitars towards the final frontier of complete ego death. Ackermann’s pained vocal seeks cover in layers of distortion and reverb—begging for more and more until it becomes indistinguishable from noise and desire.
In the grisly music video from horror director Keith Thomas (The Vigil, Firestarter), we follow a driven woman in the aftermath of a brutal and bloody fight to the death as she crawls after her enemy across an increasingly treacherous concrete floor. Thomas’ practical effects wizardry is on display throughout, with each gory set-piece accumulating in terror until the final splatter-filled curtain call.
Thomas says, “I’ve always wanted to dig into music videos. When APTBS approached me, I was just coming off of two big projects back-to-back. So jumping into a run-and-gun, down-and-dirty film like this was a nice digestif. ‘I Disappear (When You’re Near)’ is a great, enigmatic song and I wanted to give it an enigmatic visual component. You won’t know how our two protagonists, Kika Magalhaes (The Eyes Of My Mother) and Malky Goldman (The Vigil), started fighting but you’re about to find out how their bloody melee ends.”
A Place To Bury Strangers have been delighting and astonishing audiences for close to two decades, combining post-punk, noise-rock, shoegaze, psychedelia, and avant-garde music in startling and unexpected ways. ‘See Through You’ is an explosive journey which explores the listener’s limits of mind-bending madness while simultaneously offering the catchiest batch of songs in the band’s discography. Outpacing even their own firmly blazed path of audio annihilation, See Through You repeatedly delivers the massive walls of chaos and noise that every A Place To Bury Strangers fan craves in spades. It’s a nod of the cap to the art school ethos of the band’s origins, while forging a new and clear direction forward.
And just as many of his peers in the New York City underground seem to be slowing down, Ackermann’s creativity is accelerating. He’s launched his own label – Dedstrange – dedicated to advancing the work of sonic renegades worldwide. He’s also refreshed the group’s line-up, adding Ceremony East Coast’s John Fedowitz on bass and Sandra Fedowitz on drums. Ackermann and John Fedowitz are childhood friends who played together in the legendary Skywave, and the band has never sounded more current, more courageous, or more accessible. 2021’s Hologram EP was the first release from the new line-up – and the first on Dedstrange – and the reaction was ecstatic, with Pitchfork saying that Ackermann had “transcended his gearhead tendencies, gracefully navigating fuzz and feedback loops as well as melodies and hooks”. ‘See-Through You’ pushes things even further. Simply put, it’s an epic, instant classic.