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Album Review

On their debut full-length, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, Washington, D.C. quartet Priests explore both punk fury and melodic foundations, recalling the best moments of some of their hometown's brilliantly abrasive punk legacy. Its seven blasts of mutant post-punk span a wide range of sound, with wobbly rhythms and winding, deliberate, and sometimes strangely surfy guitar lines all anchored by lead singer Katie Alice Greer's frenetic and always in-the-red vocal performances. The skronky no wave bluster of "Doctor" quickly shifts gears into its unsettling but catchy chorus as a wall of backing vocals sings the urgent and melodic refrain of "You put your fingers in other people's mouths all day, don't you doctor?" like it's just another lyric in any given pop song. D.C. punk bands have traditionally had a knack for marrying chaos and catchiness, and Priests have definitely picked up the torch in that regard. The start-stop urgency of the nearly breathless "New" and rubber-band basslines of "And Breeding" call to mind In on the Kill Taker-era Fugazi, while "Modern Love/No Weapon" taps into some of the same off-kilter mod pop explosions of Slant 6. The album was recorded with help from Black Eyes member Hugh McElroy, and some of the same outsider sentiments of that band come through in the subtleties of the production, be it a lingering trail of tape echo or slightly too-overblown vocal track lurking low in the mix. Bodies and Control and Money and Power's poppiest moment comes with "Right Wing," a driving song where Greer sounds uncannily like Courtney Love, complete with whispery backing vocals floating among the song's layers of sneery catchiness. Brilliantly produced and bubbling over with energy, this short album successfully captures some of the electricity that made Priests' live shows so noteworthy, and further cements them both in a long line of excellent D.C. punk bands and the top tier of punk bands of their time.

Customer Reviews

12 stars out of 5

This band is more "punk" than any band has a right to be these days. Any true fan of the genre will tell you, it's not just about sounding like the Ramones or Rancid (i.e. 3 chord speed). If you think back to the mid 70's, Blondie, Suicide, the Cramps, Devo, Dead Kennedys; totally different sounding bands, but all punk as h3ll. But that ethos began disappearing around the mid-80's.
If I were FORCED to compare their sound to another band, I would say they're like a more focused Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. But this band has created their own style and sound, and that's what punk stands for... Feeling, intensity, and soul. This group has each in spades. Killer vocals, post-hardcore-esque guitar work, and a rhythm section like a titanium spine. If you APPRECIATE music for art, buy it. If you love punk, buy. Or if you're just sick of this indie pop garbage where everyone tries to sing like Ben Gibbard, for god's sake, BUY!!!

Ahh At LAST...

Something that hits me square in the Romeo Void with a Pylon. Fun stuff - can't wait to see them live.

Kids, this is what it's supposed to be about….

I heard this band for the first time less than a week ago and I just can't stop listening to them. I haven't felt this way about a band in decades. Reminds me of hearing the Clash or Talking Heads for the first time as a teenager in the 70s! To me, it has elements of Gang of Four and Sleater-Kinney, but totally original. Love the bass runs and guitar fills. Stream-of-consciousness-like lyrics hilarious, fabulous and totally capture the moment. They're even better live. This boomer fossil wishes he could thrash out at one of their shows. Can't wait to hear more from them.


Formed: 2011 in Washington, DC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

Washington, D.C.-based post-punk quartet Priests formed in late 2011, creating raucous blasts of noisy, politically charged punk fronted by vocalist Katie Alice Greer with guitarist G.L. Jaguar, drummer Daniele Daniele, and bassist Taylor Mulitz. The project was the first musical venture for most of the players (though both Greer and Daniele would later join the revolving-door cast of fellow D.C. punk intellectuals Chain & the Gang), and the newly formed Priests quickly recorded a demo-like cassette...
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