Priests at Brooklyn Bazaar
Going into this show I had entertained the idea of doing a photoset just of Gideon, the guitarist. It seems to me that 90% of the photos of this band I've seen are of their lead singer, often just their lead singer. Now that's pretty typical of media coverage of bands, we all know that. Still, given the amount of effort this guy puts into bouncing around the stage you'd think people, or rather photographers, would be paying more attention to him. So I almost decided to pay off what I see as a karmic debt here but I chickened out.
With that said please enjoy these photos of everyone in the band Priests except Daniele, the drummer. Yep, I'm creating a whole new karmic debt. Next I'll probably spell Priests wrong or something. Sorry about that but there were no lights pointed even vaguely in her direction or at least from in front which is kind of the point eh? Same thing with Snail Mail in that last photoset. Their drummer was borderline invisible too. Ah well, somebody else must have brought a flash (I should really start doing that).
Priests at St. Stephen Church
The Damaged City Fest in DC was chock full of straight hardcore bands, by which I mean regular bands not straightedge ones, thought there was at least one of those. Frankly most of them were indistinguisable to me. Priests, on the other hand, wear their progressive politics on their sleeves and that may have made them unique among the bands I saw that day.
That doesn't mean they weren't any mellow than the other bands. Quite to the contrary, their singer and guitarist both get pretty crazy on stage. I'm not sure it's the kind of crazy which inspires moshing but they definitely put on a show.
Priests at Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's nice to know that someone is still making smart, political punk rock. They're from DC? Yeah, somehow that makes sense.