Missing Yourgirl56, Release Date: 6/4/2009
The band's single 'Missing You' was taken from their eponymous, critically acclaimed debut album, released amidst a flurry of hair-raising live shows.
The trio have had a pretty astounding year. Starting by becoming the band to see at last year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, they then toured with Dandy Warhols, and one of their childhood heroes, Nine Inch Nails. A tour with fellow Brooklynites MGMT made sure the Strangers' album was top on every muso's wish list. Suddenly the "loudest band in NYC", were the most wanted band in the UK.
Their epilepsy-inducing set is a completely unique experience of saw-soaked tracks with eardrum piercing austerity. Such static-laden tracks could easily get lost amidst the madness, but the band's attention to the technical side of their performance makes sure that their razor-sharp precision shines though to create aural ferocity. Of course it's useful that front man Oliver Ackermann's sideline is building hand-wired guitar pedals, which have been bought by bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Wilco. Oliver (guitars, vocalist), shares the stage withJono Mofo (bass) &Jay Space (drums). And boy are they noisy.
"**** - (Their) opening shot is relentlessly, exhilaratingly effective." - Q
"9/10 - a glimpse at the beauty to be found at the centre of the chaos … static-drenched genius" - ROCK SOUND
"In Ackermann's hands, distortion is no mere plastered-on effect, but an instrument of ferocious eloquence." - THE GUARDIAN
"Their debut UK shows this May were some of the most thrilling showcases of paranoia seething guitar abuse… (Oliver Ackermann can) … turn an otherwise unremarkable plank of wood with six steel-wound strings stretched over it into an instrument of sonic terror" - NME
"KKKKK (live) - Equally as affecting at speaker-destroying volume or no louder than a breathy whisper, this is gorgeous. (album)" - KERRANG!
"an absorbing tranche of white urban psyche rock." - INDEPENDENT
""**** - Psych-mangling songs cover a riveting emotional and sonic range." - UNCUT
- Missing You
- Missing You (Demo)
- To Fix The Gash In Your Head (Peter Holmstrom Remix)
- To Fix The Gash In Your Head (Clapp Remix)