A Place to Bury Strangers: 7 April 2009 - Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
I like Mecanique Ondulatoire, the venue where I saw the ascendant fuzz rock royalty A Place to Bury Strangers, but by most standards – with just a 150-person capacity—it is too small for this band. (APTBS played Paris last November in the Nouveau Casino, a 400-person capacity venue.) Descending into the MO's basement concert lair, with its arched form of huge sand-colored rectangular stones, the mind rifles through past pop images of medieval torture chambers, even if this evocation is minus the iron maidens. And with a sardine-packed sold out crowd inside, the venue is more a closed-off tunnel than a room.
What does all of this matter for the concert? Acoustics and your bodily sensorial experience with the music—that’s what.