Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Stream: Priests - Radiation ​/​ Personal Planes 7"

I recently read a piece titled “Defending Community Spaces” from The Media, a publication featuring former Boston Phoenix (RIP) contributors. It serves as a nice indirect response to what has been going on in Boston. For those who don’t know, the Boston Police have been posing as “punks” in order to shut down shows held in DIY spaces. The article is effective because it addresses the issue as a societal and universal one since it is not from a Boston resident but a touring musician from Washington DC. The musician in question is Katie Alice Greer of Priests (also in Chain and the Gang). She advocates for unmitigated community space and explains her criteria for booking the band’s upcoming tour stating, “It is important to me, and the other 3 members of my band, that we play our music in places where anyone who would like to attend the performance can do so.”

Last year’s Radiation 7” from Priests exuded this kind of simple and to the point intelligence. The group attacks with a youthful frustration and a bare essentials approach reminiscent of 80’s punk bands. Katie’s vocals are shouted not screamed because it is important to understand just what is bothering her. The charismatic singer wields the perfect cadence for a song like “Radiation” that rallies against corporate advertisements and denounces our obsession with the many glowing screens we stare at throughout the day. Drummer Daniele Daniele and guitarist G. L. Jaguar create force while leaving enough space for Katie as she gradually becomes more impassioned (think the Steve Albini School of Music Dynamics). The B-side has a more danceable beat with an angular riff that would fit pleasantly in the Discord Records catalog. The powerful refrain of “Air Force One is a personal plane!” goes straight for the jugular. Appropriately, it is the inaugural release on Discord partner label Sister Polygon and what an introduction it is. Check out their two releases below along with dates for their upcoming tour.

Shows are all-ages unless otherwise noted:

08 JUNE WASHINGTON DC @ St. Stephen’s Church 7pm $8 w/ Jail Solidarity, Pygmy Lush, Screaming Females, Cane & The Sticks
09 JUNE PHILADELPHIA @ The Rotunda (Ladyfest) all day w/ Kate Ferencz, Ghost Ship, Attia Taylor, Screaming Females, Trophy Wife, Aye Nako, Mindtroll
10 JUNE BALTIMORE @ Club K 8pm w/ Blizzard Babies, Big Mouth, The Fail (Fall cover band)
11 JUNE PITTSBURGH @ Evolver Tattoo Arts 7:30p $5 w/ Blizzard Babies, Ex-Planets, Fidel, Luke McGowan
12 JUNE COLUMBUS @ Used Kids Records (in-store show all-ages )6pm, then @ Ace of Cups w/ Vacation, Male Bondage $5 (18+)
13 JUNE DETROIT @ Lo & Behold Records and Books (10022 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck, 48212)
14 JUNE CHICAGO @ The Burlington 9pm (3425 W Fullerton Ave) ( 21+) Blizzard Babies
15 JUNE MILWAUKEE @ The Borg Ward (Filth Fest-823 W National Ave, 53204) starts at noon
16 JUNE WINONA @ outdoor location TBA
17 JUNE MINNEAPOLIS @ Medusa (1504 s 7th st.) w/ Beat Detectives, Dust Buns, TBA
19 JUNE MISSOULA @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209 (245 W. Main Street) w/TBA
21 JUNE ASTORIA @ Lightbox Photographic Gallery (1045 Marine Dr. 97103) w/ Calvin Johnson, Kites at Night
22 JUNE SEAVIEW @ Sou’wester Lodge(3728 J Place, 98644) w/ Calvin Johnson
23 JUNE SEATTLE @ Heartland Gallery( 5306 Roosevelt Way NE, 98105) w/ Calvin Johnson
24 JUNE PORT TOWNSEND @ 441 Van Buren Street 7pm W/ Calvin Johnson
25 JUNE OLYMPIA @TBA w/Ruby Pins, Vex, TBA
26 JUNE PORTLAND @ ADX (417 SE 11th Avenue 97214) 9pm $5 w/Calvin Johnson, Older Women
27 JUNE EUGENE @ The Firehouse (1045 W. 1st Ave) w/ Calvin Johnson
28 JUNE SAN FRANCISCO @ Thee Parkside w/ Manatee
29 JUNE SAN JOSE @ ??? w/ Crabapple (maybe)
30 JUNE MONTEREY @ Recycled Records(604 Lighthouse Ave 93940) w/ Burnt Palms, Pipsqueak
01 JULY LOS ANGELES @ Pehrspace (325 Glendale Blvd) 9pm $5 w/ Xina Xurner, Skin Town, Dally
02 JULY RIVERSIDE @ Blood Orange Info Shop(Historic Life Arts Building 3485 University Ave 92501)
07 JULY HOUSTON @ Mango’s (403 Westheimer Rd 77006) w/ Ex-Girlfriends
09 JULY MEMPHIS @ Hi-Tone Cafe (1913 Poplar Ave 38104) w/ La Luz
10 JULY NASHVILLE @ Grimey’s (1604 8th Ave S 37203) 6pm
11 JULY CARBONDALE @ the Swamp (417 West Monroe St, 62901) 10PM w/ Autonomy, Bitchtits,
12 JULY ST. LOUIS @ Schlafly
13 JULY BLOOMINGTON @ Fort Vegan w/ Darling
14 JULY CINCINNATI @ TBA (house show)
17 JULY CHAPEL HILL @ Nightlight 30 (405 W Rosemary St 27516)
18 JULY RICHMOND @ BoyzHouse (315 south Laurel st.) w/ Will Bollinger, TBA

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