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 development—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