Priests | Modern Love/No Weapon

Priests’ two-minute frenzied punk track “Modern Love/No Weapon” is so refreshing — just straight-ahead, caveman drum-clubbing urgency and Riot grrrl aggression. The lead singer’s vocals are wonderfully trashy, moving from guttural growling to yelling to anthemic aphorisms which act like a flame to gasoline, setting all the music to light: “Think about you, all the time!” Gorgeous madness. The band drops all kinds of unexpected references into this track, from the opening sociopolitical line, “I am, I am, I am, I am / Offshore tax scam / Global effective tax rate be damned”, to the playful reworking of a cribbed line from Beat poet Diane Wakoski’s “Emerald Ice” (a poem about discovery, sex, death and feminism): “Pungent thick and green / I’m lazy, that’s a Diane Wakoski line.” You can pre-order the D.C. band’s latest release “Bodies and Control and Money and Power” via Don Giovanni Records. It’s officially out June 3rd and is the follow-up to Priest’s 2013 cassette, “Tape Two”. Follow Priests on tumblr and bandcamp— David D. Robbins Jr.

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