Priests' powerful, frenetic sounds are the kind of music that's unafraid to look you in the eye and ask questions. It's hard to look away or turn it down when this Washington, DC four-piece plays: their music is full of peculiar tension, relentless energy, and a kind of thoughtful rage indebted to both waking up down the street from the White House and the typical, anonymous frustrations of city living. These sounds are alienated and bizarre, but perhaps their undeniable pop-catchiness is what's most remarkable of all. Hear a Priests' song once and it might be stuck in your head for a long time.
"Bodies and Control and Money and Power," the band's EP debut, was recorded in Arlington, VA at Inner Ear Studio by Hugh McElroy and Kevin Erickson, and in Philadelphia at Fancy Time Studio by Kyle "Slick Johnson". Not a moment is wasted as Priests traverse a surprisingly wide girth of aggressive sounds: from the devastating sweep of "Design Within Reach" to the teasing agility of "Doctor", the ripping B-side maelstrom of "Modern Love/No Weapon" and maniacal creep of "And Breeding", this isn't a record for the faint of heart or hearing. It's no accident the record's sleeve and vinyl are such an unmistakably bright red: we have a feeling this debut will be one that's hard to forget.