Eclectic punk-inspired outfit from Washington D.C, Priests, revealed their split-up for “foreseeable future.” Their final show is slated to take place on December 31 at Rough Trade in New York City.
The band tweeted the announcement with an open option of reunion. “We aren’t in a place to write another album together right now, and feel like each of us would be better served pursuing individual projects separately for the time being. We’ve come to this decision collectively and feel really good about it. We’re looking forward to being friends and partners in Sister Polygon, the record label we run together, and not bandmates for a while,” Priests shared, “We’re not closing off the option of playing together in the future at some point if it feels right, but not for the foreseeable future.”
Priests expressed their gratefulness for all the support they have been given. They appreciate all the fans, saying, “Your support and belief in our music helped us hold it together when we weren’t sure we could.” They also showed gratitude for the help from the whole team, saying, “Priests have never ever been simply the four people playing on a stage. It is very much an ecosystem of human interdependence and a variety of different life experiences.”
Before connecting with guitarist G.L. Jaguar and bassist Taylor Mulitz, vocalist Katie Alice Greer and drummer/vocalist Daniele Daniele started the band in 2011. The band released a Radiation/Personal Planes seven-inch, the first release from Priests’ own label, Sister Polygon, in 2012. Their 2014 EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, which featured production help from Black Eyes member Hugh McElroy, earned Priests wide popularity. Before the release of their highly anticipated album, Nothing Feels Natural, debuted in 2017, Priests had gained massive success. Late in 2017, however, Mulitz left the band and played in music group Flasher. Priests have been inactive until the release of their second LP, The Seduction of Kansas, in April this year.
At the end of the announcement, Priests said: “This is a change that feels right for us, like the best way to honor all the work we’ve done and the support our fans have given our band.” The rebellious post-punk outfits turn out to embrace a new chapter, “To keep going when our heads and hearts are not in the place to do so feels like a disservice to the band and all the people that have helped us along the way. So instead, we’ll bid a very warm and celebratory farewell as this decade ends, and welcome whatever the next chapter may bring each of us together and separately.”
We’re taking a break from the band. Thank you for everything. Our last show together for the foreseeable future is the last night of the decade https://t.co/GQsp3ZKtFG come say hello (2020) & wave goodbye with us x pic.twitter.com/SxI9f95JvZ
— P R I E S T S (@PRIESTS_TWEET) December 12, 2019
Photo Credit: Boston Lynn Schulz