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Priests – Jesus’ Son

Priests started musical life in the hardcore punk tradition of many of DC’s most well-known cultural exports. But over the years the band, and their captivating sound, have matured and moved away somewhat from those well-known tropes, such that their newest album The Seduction of Kansas is a surprising genre shift. They self-describe simply as a “rock band”, and for the album’s third single “Jesus’ Son”, Priests present a live performance video evoking well-known bands like the Smiths, the Stone Roses, and Nine Inch Nails. The latter might resonate most, as co-directors David Ashton (manning the camera) and singer Katie Alice Greer lovingly homage NIN’s single “March of the Pigs” from 1994’s The Downward Spiral. There are still some tix left for Saturday night‘s late show at the 9:30 Club with openers Mock Identity, so get right on that.

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Podcast for January 21st, 2019

Tony and Paul discuss Black Mirror, choose your own adventure books, and of course all the hot new #DCmusic.

Priests – The Seduction of Kansas [The Seduction of Kansas]
Manila Killa feat. Sara Skinner – All 2 U [single]
Aaron Abernathy – I Want You Again [Epilogue]
Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave [It’s Real]
TK Echo – Fade My Mind [S/T]
Gauche – Conspiracy Theories [single]

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Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

Wow, this is not the Priests we remember from such post-punk bangers as “Doctor” and “And Breeding” from their epic 2014 EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. Great bands are capable of startling evolution, and Priests, now a trio with the departure of Taylor Mulitz to play full time in Flasher, enlisted high profile producer John Congleton to help craft their second full length album The Seduction of Kansas with a new sound. Its title track is the debut single, a sexy dance punk number that still retains singer Katie Alice Greer’s acerbic wit in the lyrics. She also directed this music video with cinematographer Drew Hagelin, well-known on this site for helming vids from Pearie Sol and Bat Fangs. “The Seduction of Kansas” is truly gorgeous and quintessentially Lynch-ian with strange choreography and creepy hotel location, not to mention drummer Daniele Daniele’s resemblance to Sherilyn Fenn’s iconic character Audrey Horne. Keep your eyes peeled to grab tickets for Priests’s big hometown show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday June 15th.

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Priests – Pink White House

Early in Priests‘ new music video for “Pink White House” the entire band is led in 80s style aerobic video workout by drummer Daniele Daniele, and believe me that things only get weirder from there. Frontwoman and video director Katie Alice Greer “wanted to do something playing on the notion that pop culture repackages your identity and sells it back to you for ‘entertainment'”, and that’s reflected in vignettes of each band member facing a dark reflection of their personal affectation in true camp style. Priests new full length album Nothing Feels Natural drops January 27th on their own Sister Polygon Records, and the nationwide tour wraps up at the Black Cat on March 11th.

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Priests – JJ

Priests, the snarling, acerbic quartet driving a majority of the energy in the DC punk scene currently, today announced the release date of their new album Nothing Feels Natural and debuted its first single and accompanying video. “JJ”, directed by singer Katie Alice Greer, features the four musicians sitting peacefully as strange hands poke, prod, smear and playfully abuse their enigmatic faces. Sister Polygon Records, the band-run label behind recent music by Governess, Pearie Sol, Cigarette, Gauche, Flasher and Sneaks, releases the new Priests album on vinyl on January 27th.

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Priests – Modern Love / No Weapon

As you all must know, Priests headline U Street Music Hall tonight, presented by Sasha Lord & the 9:30 Club, and by some miracle of God it’s not yet sold out. The hottest punk band in DC puts on a scorching live show, so you’d best not miss out. Today’s featured DC video isn’t an official Priests release, but it’s got enough local cred to pass muster with us. Matt Dunn conceived and shot this video of Melinda Diachenko and well known photographer Michael Andrade from an idea spawned from image Andrade captured at a show by Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists last fall, and set the short film to “Modern Love / No Weapon” from Priests’ debut EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. Read the CityPaper’s post for the full story, but do enjoy this little warm up for tonight’s blowout early punk show at U Hall.


Priests – New

If you haven’t yet seen Priests live, you’re missing out on one of the most exciting live shows in DC. Singer Katie Alice Greer matches the goofy coolness of Ian Svenonious in Chain & The Gang, but with Priests she unleashes sneering energy all over the stage. The internet-averse band recently made a lot of new fans at the CMJ Music Festival, and the ever-hip music source Pitchfork filmed their performance of unreleased but memorable song “New” for their video streaming site. You can stream their tape-only EPs at their Bandcamp page, or buy the actual tapes from their next live show.