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. In 2006, APTBS handmade three different untitled EPs with different color schemes; these later become known as the Red, Blue and Green EPs.

In 2006, the band gained some acclaim following its Webster Hall performance with Brian Jonestown Massacre. The band returned to Webster Hall in 2007 to play with one of their major influences, The Jesus And Mary Chain.

Throughout these formative years, the band’s live shows became increasingly chaotic which earned them the title of New York City’s “loudest band” from various indie reviewers and bloggers,[1][2] as well as “the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear” by The Washington Post.[3] The New York Times applauded their revival of “the ominous, feedback-drenched drones of the 1980s”.[4]
On February 14, 2011, Ackermann stated that the band had begun working on their third full-length album.[7]

On January 10, 2012 A Place To Bury Strangers release the iPhone shot all Hipstamatic video for the first single So Far Away of the forthcoming Onwards To The Wall EP.

On February 12, 2012, the band announced that Robi Gonzalez was taking over drumming duties for A Place To Bury Strangers. They also thanked former drummer, Jay Space, for his contribution to the band.[8]

On May 2, 2012, it was confirmed that the third album of the band, “Worship”, was scheduled to be released on June 11 in the UK and Europe, and on June 26, 2012 in the US via Dead Oceans label.[9] The band announced plans to support the release with a full North American tour in October 2012.[10]