Artist Biography A Place to Bury Strangers is a New York–based noise rock band composed of Oliver Ackermann (guitar/vocals), Dion Lunadon (bass guitar) and Robi Gonzalez (drums). The band plays a heavy, atmospheric wall of sound-influenced blend of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and space rock. The band is commonly known by the initials APTBS.
A Place to Bury Strangers was formed in 2001 when David Goffan began playing around with 8-track recorders in his spare time. In late 2002, Tim Gregorio joined up, and shortly thereafter, Oliver Ackermann offered to play drums for the band. He switched to guitar and vocals after the first practice. They played their first show at Luxx in Brooklyn in 2003. Jay Space and Jono Mofo, both from the New York City-based band MOFO, joined the band when Tim Gregorio left. It was then that they decided to focus on increasing the quality of their music rather than to focus on pure volume.