A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS + SEXTILE + PRETTIEST EYES @ THE REGENT
It was one solid lineup Saturday evening as A Place to Bury Strangers, SEXTILE and Prettiest Eyes took over the Regent Theatre.
It’s not often that you see a live set in which the guitarist breaks the guitar during the opening track. But this is A Place To Bury Strangers and they are a band that breaks guitars, walls and the rules when it comes to live shows.
The Brooklyn-based trio has been taking the globe by storm following their latest release Pinned, a 12-track album filled with high energy tracks-full of walls of distortion and catchy-as-hell percussions backed by electronic synths and booming bass lines.
To no surprise and with much anticipation, APTBS had us jonesing for them upon entry and the crowd surged towards the stage the second they came on stage. Strobing lights and projections doused the walls as the trio played through a tireless set which carried on into the early hour of Saturday morning.
Drummer Lia Simone Braswell became an official member of APTBS this year and stands out with her impressive vigor and backing vocals throughout the evening, showing no signs of weariness.
Guitarist/vocalist/pedal master Oliver Ackermann proceeded with his on-stage antics flailing his guitar around while creating a wave of distortion that rumbled the walls. Bassist Dion Lunadon and Braswell partook as well as they all immersed themselves into the crowd to play several improvisations accompanied by members from opening band, Prettiest Eyes. The crowd swallowed them up and the band barely made it back on stage.
Towards the end of the set, Ackermann handed his guitar to the front row for a bit as he tinkered with his musical laboratory before taking it back and leaving it on the floor with the others. As the encore, they played 2007’s “Ocean,” which was mixed to perfection.
Mind-blowing simply isn’t enough to sum up the greatness of what APTBS emits as a live act and is definitely not one to be missed.
Electronic duo SEXTILE brought the dance party to the venue as they performed a series of new songs. The LA-based twosome comprised of drummer Melissa Scaduto and vocalist/guitarist Brady Keehn have impressed themselves upon not only Angelenos, but have also accrued fans from around the globe with their latest effort Albeit Living which was released late last year. They were accompanied by local guitar wiz Jeffertitti Moon who was clearly ready to party.
Known for their post punk sound amplified by a backing of heavy synth which compliments their dark wave aesthetic, Scaduto and Keehn seem to have nailed a perfect blending of genres. Yet, it seems as though the duo may be exploring where their musical talents take them as the newer material that was performed appeared to have adapted to more of a dance punk sound. Despite the slight alteration in genres, the crowd was heavily engaged dancing throughout the entirety of their set.
Los Angeles natives Prettiest Eyes set the tone for the evening. Known for their engaging, rambunctious live show, Prettiest Eyes delivers an interesting combination of electropunk and space rock.
Drummer/vocalist Pachy Garcia, bassist Marcos Rodriguez and keyboardist Paco Casanova have been taking the music scene by storm since 2013. The combination of Casanova’s intensified synth playing, Garcia’s passionate, punk-influenced percussion and vocals and Rodriguez’s slamming bass lines (cowboy hat included), make for an unforgettable live show.