Given the current political climate in the United States right now and the increased activism it is inspiring, vetting a band like Priests is somewhat self-explanatory. In conjunction with the generic PR spiel most bands under the indie spotlight are required to deal with in the run up to, and period following, an LP release, no-wave post-punkers Priests make for an exceptional subject on the issue because of their will, or right, to be so invested.
When Rolling Stone printed their interview with the group on the day of the release of Nothing Feels Natural, engaged readers were told of how, and to what lengths, members of the band manifested their fame into ardent activism. On the date of President Trump’s inauguration, for example, Priests played an LGBT benefit show in their hometown of D.C – iconic given the city’s longstanding affiliation with punk music – and, during the journalists’ stay with the band, vocalist Katie Alice Greer also gave a reading at a Brooklyn event titled Art After Trump.
In comparing Nothing Feels Natural, the four-piece’s debut full-length, to previous tape and EP releases, there is a definite heightened sense of consciousness identifiable, albeit with an often morose or sardonic bent. Not that they’ve ever been the types to spew direct, inflammatory punk aggression, here Greer and co. prove they are far more comfortable acting as consoler. They revel in exposing the flaws that modern society and consumer culture has imposed upon us, without setting out any kind of manifesto to overturn it.
And, in many ways, it’s more refreshing an angle to bear. As listeners and products of the same generation we can still relate, but with the headspace to assimilate each approaching vignette, and thus find our own voices within the melee.
Nothing Feels Natural is out now on Sister Polygon