I remember recounting how amazingly creepy A Place to Bury Strangers was the last time their content hit the Raz Mataz desk, so I knew I would be in for a treat when this video gem came across my radar. Oliver Ackerman (guitar and vocals), Dion Lunadon (bass guitar), and Robi Gonzalez (rocking those drums) bring their sounds of unshakable eeriness and genuine terror to live performances and manage to capture them well in album releases like their debut A Place to Bury Strangers (2007), Exploding Head (2009), Worship (2012), as well as countless EPs. Now, to accompany the track “Supermaster” from last February’s release of Transfixation (2015), we see a new video release.
Hope you aren’t afraid of snakes, because this video is full of them. There’s something oddly beautiful in the way the scales slide by with a slowness that contrasts the rhythm, but still works. The snake imagery stands alongside equally disturbing video of people self-mutilating or generally conducting themselves in a way that’s grimly sexual.
The vivid colours in the dark – like being in a photo dark room, bring another layer of unsettling stuff. That’s always been A Place To Bury Strangers’ style. The music, the video – all of it’s delightfully solemn.
Get that creepy rush you know you crave every once in a while and check out A Place to Bury Strangers and Transfixation on their official website and Bandcamp page. See what they’re up to on their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @APTBS.