Priests

Priests are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass).

Formed in 2011, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly
terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests
toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they’ve helped to raise the general
standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music
by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated
groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular
gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral.

Following the release of Bodies and Control and Money and Power,
Priests began to tweak their
songwriting process – concentrating more deeply on melody, dialing down the distortion, and
experimenting with dynamics. New songs evolved in performance, starting off tentative and gaining
confidence and character on tour. The band recorded and scrapped versions of Nothing Feels Natural for
almost a year before enlisting Hugh McElroy (Black Eyes) and Kevin Erickson, who worked with Priests
previously on Tape Two, their Radiation/Personal Planes single, and half of Bodies. Nothing Feels Natural
was tracked throughout summer of 2016 at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA.

The result is by turns moody and explosive. “Appropriate” is a nod to Priests’ earliest incarnations – loud
and corrosive, chaotic and improvisatory. “JJ” is streamlined and melodic, pitting barroom piano against
warped guitar and bass tones. On “No Big Bang” Daniele takes up the mic, programming a Roland TR-707
to hold down an unflagging pulse. The album’s title track and centerpiece “Nothing Feels Natural” builds
slowly, with shimmering guitars eventually giving way to feedback and billowing reverb. Lyrically, Priests
songs present contradiction. They are often delivered first person but under pretense that “you are not
you”. Nothing Feels Natural centers the experiences of women but still asks us to “consider the options of a
binary”.

In these songs, innocuous moments often drive major ideological scene shifts. A cruel joke jostles the
power structure of a love triangle. A PR sales-pitch is called out as identity theft. A list of aspirational
consumer luxuries are chanted into a twisted emptiness. It’s a record that thrives amid the tension
between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.
Nothing Feels Natural is out January 27th on Sister Polygon Records.

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