A Place to Bury Strangers with Moor Mother, Uniform, and Author & Punisher

This program is part of the exhibition Grand Ole Opera.

A Place to Bury Strangers is currently working on their 5th album with an eye toward a spring release. Rather than fixate on the minute recording details like they may have done in the past, the group, rounded out by drummer Lia Simone are trusting their instincts and trying to keep things as pure as possible. Music is much more exhilarating when it’s unpredictable even on repeat plays. Simone makes her recording debut with the band here, and it’s obvious that she’s helped pushed the band’s recordings closer to the level of their infamous live shows.

Moor Mother or Moor Mother Goddess is an experimental music project by Camae Ayewa, a musician and poet from the United States. Her work has been labelled “hardcore poetry,” “power electronics,” “slaveship punk,” and “protest music.”

Uniform formed in New York City in 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan reconnected and realized that they had evolved to a similar place musically. The two-man show eschews a live rhythm section for programmed drums and low-end synths, augmented with Greenberg’s guitar and Berdan’s vocals.

Author & Punisher is a one-man industrial doom metal band from San Diego, CA, made up of mechanical engineer and artist Tristan Shone, started in January 2004.