by Casper Johansson in New Music on Tuesday 9 March 2010

Called ‘the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear’ by the Washington Post, A Place To Bury Strangers were named by NME as one of the Ten Best Bands of SXSW 2008. Their debut release earned them a Best New Music distinction and they have toured with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, and Holy F**k. They launched their Secret Playlist with the All The Saints track, Farmacia [listen below]: ‘All The Saints is one of those bands that just writes some of the most bad-ass parts on the planet and this is one of those songs where the drums are beating like a machine gun as waves of noise build up, only to drag you down. You end up feeling uncomfortable and wanting to kick someone’s ass’.

Au Revoir Simone / Anywhere You Looked

I know it is a guilty pleasure because a bunch of my friends think it is wussy, but I love it and can’t stop listening to their new album. Aces ladies!

Ceremony / Our Last Goodbye

This band is comprised of two of my best friends in the whole world and they are the most amazing songwriters I have ever met. Perfect pop, perfect melodies, songs from the heart, and then all recorded on a boom box powered by lightning.

Coin Under Tongue / High Until We Die

Even if you don’t like the song, the name will force you to still love this track. Oh, and there is a breakdown of the breakdown. I mean, who does this! You have to know that the song is cool as fuck if you got them kind of balls.

The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa / Thorn In Y’r Grip

This song is definitely a feat of something absolutely amazing and beautiful. The drummer and the band is barely holding it together, yet it has one of the most intense song structures I have ever heard. The whole band bends, and I know that might not make sense so buy it and listen to it.

Fad Gadget / Ricky’s Hand

Just run that drill into my head, you can’t wait for it every time. You can dance, you can drive, you can suck, and you can kill all to this kind of motivation so go for it.

Rollerskate Skinny / Speed To My Side

This song has some of the most mesmerizing sounds throughout. It even sounds like elements you might not like, but it is perfectly put together to build one of the most beautiful roller-coaster rides ever.

Slowdive / Joy

This is one of the best songs of all time, in my opinion. They just seem to not care and yet they are taking your life from you. The harmonics at the end just drift off into the sky.