If you’ve been frequenting JOVM for some time now, you’ve likely come across a post on the Brooklyn-based trio A Place to Bury Strangers, and although the band has gone through a number of lineup changes over the years, the trio currently comprised of Oliver Ackermann (guitars and vocals), Dion Lunadon (bass) and Robi Gonzalez), have developed a reputation for a moody, atmospheric wall of sound-influenced sound that possesses elements of psych rock, shoegaze and space rock and for arguably one of the most punishingly loud and chaotic live shows around, complete with smashed instruments and smashed gear.
The band’s fourth full-length album, Transfixiation was released earlier this year, and the album’s latest single “Supermaster” is a seductive, serpentine song with a propulsive motorik groove, tightly controlled peals of atmospheric and ethereal feedback flickering about the bass line paired with Ackerman’s regret and heartache tinged vocals. But interestingly enough, the single reveals that the band’s sound has gone through a subtle refinement as their sound has become a bit more sparser — and in turn, evoking a deeper and palpable sense of menace.
The band recently released an equally creepy and unsettling official video for “Supermaster” that features a man injecting himself with snake venom. Matthew Portman, the video’s director mentions that the concept of the video is influenced by the fact that the reptilian brain, the most instinctive brain function that is shared by reptiles, mammals and humans is the oldest and most powerful brain functions as it’s responsible for some of the most destructive impulses that humans possesses — the need to show dominance over others, violence, territoriality and more.