A Place To Bury Strangers have revealed the next single from their forthcoming album, Pinned. “There’s Only One Of Us” is a haunting, harmonized response to the tensions of our current political climate. Guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann says about the song, “I am a person. We are all animals. We are all on this planet. This planet is one of billions speeding through space. It is incredible to be alive.”
Accompanying today’s single release is a video directed by Elizabeth Skadden. “The inspiration comes from the foghorn bass line, military drum beat, and kamikaze guitars that intimate a war taking place,” says Skadden. “Talking to the band, I learned the ‘war’ was people under the siege of making a creative project. The work the band does to create the song is expressed in the ‘totem’ built over the course of the music video. Visually, I broke the song into its sonic elements and assigned each its own visual, such as the shifting red and blue lights. The lighting setups were inspired by a Fad Gadget performance from the 1980s, and films by Pedro Almodovar and Kathryn Bigelow.”
For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers— Ackermann, Dion Lunadon, and, officially, drummer Lia Simone Braswell—have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. They don’t write setlists. They frequently write new songs mid-set. They deliberately provoke and sabotage sound people in a variety of cruel yet innovative ways. They can and will always surprise you.
April 13th marks the release of Pinned, the band’s fifth full-length, via Dead Oceans. It finds A Place To Bury Strangers converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It’s their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where Ackerman lived, worked, and created with complete freedom. It’s a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole.
A Place To Bury Strangers will tour extensively in support of Pinned starting this spring. They’ll kick things off at SXSW this month before heading to Europe and eventually traversing the U.S. through June.
A Place To Bury Strangers
3/15/18 Austin, TX – Side Bar (Outdoors) @ Fredricksburg All Ages Day Party (12:35PM)
3/15/18 Austin, TX – Waterloo Records (3:00PM)
3/15/18 Austin, TX – The Blackheart @ PledgeMusic/NoiseTrade/Current Day Party (5:00PM)
3/15/18 Austin, TX – Barracuda (Outdoor Stage) @ Secretly Group Official SXSW Showcase (9:00PM)
3/15/18 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas Patio @ Levitation SXSW Official Showcase (12:30AM)
3/16/18 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas Annex @ Northern Spy/Wharf Cat/11A Records Day Party (3:00PM)
3/16/18 Austin, TX – Lazarus Brewery @ Music For Listeners Day Party (5:00PM)
3/16/18 Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s @ Ad Hoc Official SXSW Showcase (1:00AM)
3/17/18 Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s @ Brooklyn Vegan Day Party (TBD)
3/17/18 Austin, TX – Whole Foods Market Rooftop @ Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion (1:25PM)
3/17/18 Austin, TX – Sidewinder (Outdoors) @ Pianos Day Party (5PM)
3/18/18 Austin, TX – Empire Garage (Garage Stage) @ Chili Dog Fest (5:00PM)
3/18/18 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas (Main Stage) @ Burgermania (7:15PM)
4/12/18 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere [Pinned Record Release] w/ Surfbort & Conduit (tickets)