First things first, I suppose. Here's what I wore to their show at the street fest. Risto dress from Filene's (my mid-twenties bank account loves you, Filene's <2 <3). Zana Bayne harness that you're probably sick of seeing me wear (IDGAF). Waaaay old shredded tights that I'll be wearing all summer. Thrifted bag, Alexander Wang boots from eBay that I like to wear socks with pulled over so they don't look like very obvious Alexander Wang boots. Still on a mall goth kick. I just find it incredibly hilarious to poke fun at a lifestyle I took so! seriously! as a 15-year-old. The poor sartorial decisions of my teenage years are proving to be a source of inspiration for my twenties, albeit somewhat ironically and mostly self-mockingly. I also wanted to dress slightly trashy because I wanted to mirror the Do-Division street fest around me. As you can see, poor Division Street was reduced to a chaos of spilled beer and the trampled containers that probably once housed said beers.
So like I said, A Place to Bury Strangers performed two shows. One at Do-Division, the other at the hallowed Empty Bottle which is one of my favorite places to see live music in Chicago. If you've never seen A Place to Bury Strangers, I'll just summarize it quickly by saying that it's an experience. Oliver thrashes his guitar all over the stage in a disorienting effort to drag as much feedback out of the stacks as he can; it looks very chaotic and perhaps parts of it are, but much of it is quite calculated. Once his guitar strings are shredded beyond playability, he will create effects-laden noise with his his amp plug and custom-made Death by Audio pedals alone. And of course, their music is ear-splittingly loud thanks to an amplification system that would be serviceable for a stadium show. I've only ever seen one band that was louder than these guys: My Bloody Valentine. Click for better res.
Who needs strings?!
It's always incredibly gratifying to see friends do well because they are talented. I'm a firm believer that exceptional bands/artists/designers/etc deserve to be successful.