PRIESTS are a group of rock iconoclasts from Washington, DC. Bred in punk, Priests play rock’n’roll that is as intellectually sharp as it is focused on pop’s thrilling pleasure centres, that is topical without sloganeering. The high-wire physicality of their live shows and their commitment to cultural, political, and aesthetic critique have all made Priests truly subversive in a literal sense, doing things you would not expect.
With fireworks of noise and arresting melodies both, Priests’ 2017 debut album ‘Nothing Feels Natural’ feels urgently present for an album heralded as a modern punk classic.
This April they return with their second album ‘The Seduction of Kansas’ out on their own imprint Sister Polygon Records. Entering their eighth year as a band, Priests—drummer Daniele Daniele, vocalist Katie Alice Greer, and guitarist G.L. Jaguar—remain an inspired anomaly in modern music. A band on its own label—jolting the greater music world with early releases by Downtown Boys, Snail Mail and Sneaks, they are living proof that it is still possible to work on one’s own terms, to collectively cultivate one’s own world.
New single, ‘The Seduction of Kansas’, is Priests’ purest pop song to date. It is dark and glittering, though there is still something fantastically off about it, decadent and uneasy at once. Its title is a moving target, probing questions about the realities and mythologies of America in 2019 without giving in to easy answers.
Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am