A Place to Bury Strangers guitarist/vocalist Oliver Ackermann remembers the days before www.myspace.com.
"We had no idea if anyone out there liked the same kind of music you did," Ackermann said during a phone call from North Dakota. "This was the time when I felt that a band had to sound slick before anyone would take notice. And instead of the Internet, there was a book called the Musicians Directory, and we'd make cassettes of music we liked and send them off.
"More often than not, those packages would come back with 'Return to Sender' on them."
These days, Ackermann said the Internet has been bringing music lovers together, no matter where they live in the world.
"One of the things that we've always done as a band is make music we like hearing," Ackermann said. "And the Internet has helped us find fans who like what we do. It's amazing."
The past few months have been busy for A Place to Bury Strangers Ackermann, bassist Jono "MOFO" Smith and drummer Jay Space. Last year the band released its first full-length and self-titled CD.
Pitchfork, the Chicago-based daily Internet music magazine, gave the CD a glowing review.
"It hasn't slowed down since then," said Ackermann, who cited British Shoegaze music such as Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine as some of his major musical influences. "We're doing this tour, and we will be heading to Europe soon."
Still, doing any tour is a highlight for A Place to Bury Strangers. "We've been to some fantastic places and have met some of the greatest people and fans."That makes us want to continue making the music we want to make," Ackermann said. "We have been writing songs and trying them out in rehearsals, and we have songs that didn't make it on the other album because we wanted to save them for the right release."
If you go
What: A Place to Bury Strangers
Where: Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East
When: Thursday, 9 p.m.
How much: $10
Phone: 467-8499 or 800-888-8499Web: www.smithstix.com