A Place To Bury Strangers at Death By Audio
On certain occasions "Death By Audio" refers not only to a music venue on South 2nd street but also to a legitimate concern for the attendees of said venue. This was one of those occasions.
See, Death By Audio is kind of a small venue, or at least the stage area is small. As a result everything seems more concentrated. The huge speakers are right nearby no matter where you stand so you can't avoid being immersed in the sound. Back when people smoked in there it was oppressive, you couldn't avoid it, it was everywhere. It gets so packed that you can barely move sometimes. This was one of those times.
Not only was A Place To Bury Strangers absolutely pummeling, as usual, but the visuals were incredible. Of course their light show has always been impressive, but what did I say about things were more concentrated? All of those projectors were crammed into a much smaller space than usual. Imagine someone scribbling with crayons right on your Occipital Cortex. Yeah, it was like that.
Thankfully the band used their smoke machine more sparingly than usual. Perhaps because someone remembered how lungs work? Thank you.
A Place To Bury Strangers at Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show was the biggest pain in the ass yet. For one thing lighting came entirely from four projectors and two strobes. For another the mosh pit started about two feet behind me and ended up about two feet in front of me. It was surely worth it to hear the beautiful sonic attack of A Place To Bury Strangers. Less of the physical attacking next time would be nice though. 18+ shows tend to be that way. At least I didn't get as messed up as that amp!