field report no.031217

LOCATION: the Mothlight AVL.NC
SUBJECT: Priests

Priests have largely received glowing reviews, but the one thing that pushed me from simply noticing that fact to giving their album some time was a nod from the Dischord records newsletter. While the bulk of Dischord's activity has moved to archival, they still figure large in my personal aesthetic developmentā€”their stamp of approval still matters (to me).

Priests album, Nothing Feels Natural, is exceptionally well performed. Even when feels a tad too familiar, the influences on their sleeve include bands I too have obsessed over: I hear a lot of the Au Pairs and Essential Logic in their post-punk stew. With the title track however, by mixing a slight bit of Siouxsie and the Banshee's gothic melodicism to their angular, muscular post-punk, they make a more striking hybrid.

Seeing them live, I believe they'll buy the time to develop even further. Along with solid songs and good press, they have a charismatic front-woman who is capable of engaging and holding an audience. Performances like hers make you resent all the dull, rote rock performances you've sat through.

NOTES: Priests; Flasher