DC punk band Priests came swinging into Everybody Hits last Friday with Baltimore locals Snail Mail. By day this place is a batting cage, but at night the venue is decorated in string lights and filled with punk rock music. The perfect feel for a basement-esque show. The room filled suddenly and crowded from wall to wall and all the way up the stairs. It was impeccable timing to start the night.
Indie-pop trio Snail Mail hit the stage before Priests. The band’s friends crowded to the front to show support and sing along. Lead singer Lindsey Jordan’s soft voice trailed in the mic giving off a distant feeling, which coincides with her lyrics of feeling defeat. Her young voice is similar to indie-folk artist Julien Baker, with guitar melodies similar to Lucy Dacus, creating the most beautiful combination. Their single, “Thinning”, off of their EP Habit, was the peak of their performance with many fans singing along. If you sleep on Snail Mail, you’re missing out.
Before coming to the show, I was unsure of what this crowd would look like if anyone would even show up, or the few people who were there were just the other bands/friends. Boy, was I wrong for assuming these things, like always, Philly can bring out a great and energetic crowd for Priests.
Lead singer Katie Alice Greer came out in a blueish green dress that would typically be worn at a middle or high school dance. At first, I thought it was a bit odd, but it added to her wild aesthetic. Her vibrant smile and bubbly personality also made the whole crowd happy to be there.
Greer’s grungy vocals took over the spotlight, while the guitar melodies shimmered in the background. Originally, Priests planned to play their first full-length record Nothing Feels Natural from front to back. The album that was released in January 2017, is a creative peak for the band. Their diverse style heard throughout the album derives from pop, R&B, and transgressive sounds. Priests abandoned the setlist when fans started screaming out for older songs. The crowd was bouncing around when 11:30 pm hit and everything came to an abrupt end. Greer exclaimed to everyone, “We’re done, bye” and everyone sprinted out of the building. While it makes sense that Priests did not do an encore because there would be nowhere for them to go hide out while people chant their name, the ending was so sudden it almost felt incomplete.