Priests at Highland Park Ebell

Photos by Sergio Estrada

Earlier this month, we caught Washington D.C. band, Priests, in town at Highland Park Ebell Club. They’ve been on tour for most of the year promoting their debut LP, Nothing Feels Natural. And starting in October, they will be hitting up Europe. This show was presented by local music promoters, Sid the Cat. We were able to see the last couple songs of openers, Lithics, and they were dope! Hoping to see more from these Portland art punks.

Priests came on next. Lead singer, Katie Alice Greer, is energetic and lively as she bounces around stage. Her voice is powerful and an instrument in itself. The album is solid, with a mix of art punk/funk/surf pop. One of my favorite songs from them is “Suck”. It’s one of the more funkier songs off the album. Established in 1912, the Highland Park Ebell Club is an old hall with wood beams, and a performance stage framed by heavy velvet curtains. It’s a beautiful venue that reminds me a lot of what Church on York used to be. Sid the Cat puts on a lot of shows here and I can see why. Even though it’s a pretty large space, it feels intimate and special.

The song, “Jj” was featured on Season 2 of Thrasher’s King of the Road, which I thought was fun.