Album Review: A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

4/5

Coming up on the 13th anniversary of their stellar sophomore effort, Exploding Head, Brooklyn’s shoegaze/post-punk band A Place To Bury Strangers have just put out an anniversary deluxe edition of the album tacking on 10 additional tracks. The edition takes an already seminal record and makes it even more relevant.

Included among these new rarities is “Don’t Save Your Love,” originally part of a compilation album to benefit Amnesty International—released in 2010. The song, recorded shortly after the release of Exploding Head, is admittedly unlike many of the songs that preceded it.

“The times were changing, and there was the possibility for anything. I wanted the band to be laser-focused on breaking down the preconceived ideas of this new wave of punk music that was coming out,” says vocalist and guitarist Oliver Ackerman recently about the B-side. “I wanted the new direction to be more powerful and intense than ever before, and this was definitely augmented by Allen Blickle from Baroness’ drums on this track.” And while it certainly sounds a bit different it still fits perfectly into this new collection.

In addition, the band cover songs by Love and Rockets (“The Light”), David Bowie (“Suffragette City”), and The 13th Floor Elevators (“Tried to Hide”) on this expanded collection, all of which are great, but their take on the Roky Erikson classic, slathering it with distorted guitars, completely transforms the original.

The record, completely remastered, is available digitally, on two CDs or as a two-LP version. The latter is pressed on transparent clear wax and in a numbered gatefold sleeve with new artwork. The record is essential for diehard fans of the band but also serves as a great primer for the uninitiated.

Purchase this album.

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