Priests' powerful, frenetic sounds are the kind of music that's unafraid to look you in the eye and ask questions. It's hard to look away or turn it down when this Washington, DC four-piece plays: their music is full of peculiar tension, relentless energy, and a kind of thoughtful rage indebted to both waking up down the street from the White House and the typical, anonymous frustrations of city living. These sounds are alienated and bizarre, but perhaps their undeniable pop-catchiness is what's most remarkable of all. Hear a Priests' song once and it might be stuck in your head for a long time. "Right Wing" off the band's debut EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power (out June 3 on Don Giovanni/Sister Polygon) is a perfect pop-riot example of just that.
Not a moment is wasted on Priests' debut as they traverse a surprisingly wide girth of aggressive sounds: from the devastating sweep of "Design Within Reach" to the teasing agility of "Doctor", the ripping B-side maelstrom of "Modern Love/No Weapon" and maniacal creep of "And Breeding". This isn't a record for the faint of heart or hearing and this theory will continue to be tested as the band takes their fierce lyrics and stomping beats to all ages venues across the country this spring, kicking things off in their hometown of Washington DC:
Priests Tour Dates
6/2: Washington DC @ Black Cat
6/3: New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)
6/3 New York, NY @ Cake Shop (late)
6/4: Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Playhouse
6/5: Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
6/6: Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex
6/7: Chicago, IL @ Bric-A-Brac Records (daytime instore)
6/7: Chicago, IL @ Emporium Arcade Bar
6/8: Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
6/9: Minneapolis, MN @ House of Lard (DIY show)
6/12: Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW Post
6/13: Olympia, WA @ The Northern
6/15: Seattle WA @ Black Lodge
6/18: Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! Records
6/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Church on York
6/21: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
6/23: Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
6/26: Houston, TX @ Walter's
6/28: Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
6/29: Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price Books + Records
Bodies and Control and Money and Power was recorded in Arlington, VA at Inner Ear Studio by Hugh McElroy and Kevin Erickson; and in Philadelphia at Fancy Time Studio by Kyle "Slick Johnson".
Photo Credit: Matthew Pandolfe
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