A Place to Bury Strangers starts New Zealand part of world tour

New York based noise rock band A Place to Bury Strangers will start the New Zealand part of their world tour on Thursday night.

They will be playing sounds from their fifth album Pinned, which has a more electronic feel than earlier records.

"Part of the writing of the record I was living in an actual apartment, and you have to respect your neighbours, so a drum machine and headphones," guitarist Oliver Ackermann said.

The band is known for their explosive, emotive, sometimes random sets which they compile just half an hour before show time.

"Then within that set list we'll quite often make up a couple of songs," bassist Dion Lunadon said.

"Then within some of the songs - or all of the songs - we kind of just play them as we feel them."

For Ackermann that sometimes means him trading in his guitar.

"I let them sort of hold the band together and I'll just kind of dance and freak out and act like a maniac," he said.

"He gives us all the hard work," drummer Lia Simone Braswell said.

New Zealand is one stop on their world tour, but a familiar one for Lunadon - a member of former Kiwi rock band The D4.

"I just like coming home you know, it's nice to see my friends and my family," he said.

There will be no teasers for their gigs so fans will have to wait and see what's in store.

"That's a surprise," Simone Braswell said.

"Yeah, what can they not expect?" Ackermann said.

A Place to Bury Strangers will play in Auckland on Thursday and Wellington on Friday.