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PRIESTS – “Doctor”

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Priests is a punk band from DC. Listening to their music is fun, especially if you like punk bands that wrestle their sloppiness into two-minute chargeups. Thinking about their lyrics is fun, if you are interested in how punk deals with political ideas these days. And following their antics is fun if you like imagining punks throwing burritos at their fans.

But — as you might expect from a loud, talented, sartorially interesting group of people — watching them play is the most fun of all. And now you can do it in the comfort of your own home, thanks to this live performance vid of “Doctor.” Already a standout track from Bodies and Control and Money and Power — their latest EP, out on Don Giovanni records — “Doctor” stands out even more when viewed in shifting closeup among the hanging lightbulbs of DC’s Wilderness Bureau.

“Doctor” is three minutes of pure paranoid energy. Taylor Mulitz leans in and out of a bassline that sounds like a haunted escalator, Daniele Daniele bullies her ride cymbal, and G.L. Jaguar’s guitar squalls blister into a bright red riff just in time for the chorus. And Greer has more than enough low growls, paranoid shrieks, bug eyes, and mic cord moves to go around. By the time the bridge comes (“I’m thinking of problems I can have that no one will pathologize or legalize or compromise or sanctify or mythologize”), you’ll be tearing your hair out along with her.

Apparently the performance was so loud “one neighbor lodged a complaint”. Be warned: watching it might make you want to claw through the screen so you can jump around, too (and claw at that neighbor). But this is the best you can do for now, because their fall tour currently skips Boston (but maybe well snag em yet…). Watch this video many times so that doesn’t happen again.

Priests – Doctor (Live at the Wilderness Bureau) by Bandwidth.fm on YouTube

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