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At the heart of it, the trio play heavily distorted noise rock in the vein of late '80s proto-shoegaze, with vocals usually swallowed up by the feedback, and everything underlined by the kind of hard-hitting rhythm section that would be needed to be heard over the squall. But unlike the Mary Chain and the Valentines they are so often compared to, APTBS have a very dynamic live show, usually featuring Ackermann committing some act of violence against his guitar.
Their Garage show tomorrow is their final non-festival UK appearance for the year, and a definite must for fans of loud guitars. Those with sensitivity to strobe lights need not apply. And seriously, the noise reputation isn't hype; bring earplugs.
A Place To Bury Strangers: Garage, 18 November. Tickets: £8.50. For more info, visit www.garage.co.uk.