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Priests announce new album, The Seduction of Kansas, share its swooning title track: Stream

The genre-defying DC punks also map out an extensive world tour

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Priests, photo by Drew Hagelin
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    Beguiling DC outfit Priests are back with a new album roughly two years after the release of their daring debut LP, Nothing Feels Natural. Journeyman producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen) helmed the new record, which is called The Seduction of Kansas and will arrive on April 5th via Sister Polygon Records.

    The Seduction of Kansas finds the genre-defying band broadening its web, pulling in not just Congleton, but also a number of DC-based collaborators that include multi-instrumentalist and Marissa Nadler collaborator Janel Leppin and touring bassist Alexandra Tyson. In a press release, the band name-checks albums like Mezzanine and Downward Spiral as their chief inspirations.

    The lead single (and title track) is shinier and more synth-driven than much of their earlier work, but maintains an anxious undercurrent that pairs well with vocalist Katie Alice Greer’s boundless energy and vibrant lyricism (“Bloodthirsty cherub choir/ from the cornfields you sing to me”). The cut comes with a playful video, directed by Greer, that mirrors the song’s left-of-center opulence.

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    Check it out below along with the album’s artwork and tracklist.

    The Seduction of Kansas Artwork:

    priests the seduction of kansas Priests announce new album, The Seduction of Kansas, share its swooning title track: Stream

    The Seduction of Kansas Tracklist:
    01. Jesus’ Son
    02. The Seduction of Kansas
    03. Youtube Sartre
    04. I’m Clean
    05. Ice Cream
    06. Good Time Charlie
    07. 68 Screen
    08. Not Perceived
    09. Control Freak
    10. Carol
    11. Interlude
    12. Texas Instruments

    Priests have also lined up a sprawling, ambitious litany of tour dates for this spring and summer, with the band navigating the breadth of the US and a wide swath of Europe. See them below.

    Priests 2019 Tour Dates:
    03/08 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
    03/09 – Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
    03/11 – Fri. March 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
    03/18 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
    04/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    04/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
    04/18 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
    04/19 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
    04/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
    04/21 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    04/22 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    04/25 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    04/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    04/27 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb
    04/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
    04/30 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
    05/01 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
    05/11 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
    05/12 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
    05/13 – Manchester, UK @ YES (Pink Room)
    05/14 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint
    05/15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    05/16 – London, UK @ 100 Club
    05/17 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
    05/18 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
    05/20 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Witloof Bar)
    05/21 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
    05/22 – Munich, DE @ Import/Export
    05/23 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
    05/24 – Heidelberg, DE @ Queer Festival (Karlstorbahnhof)
    05/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
    05/27 – Aarhus DK @ Tape
    05/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
    05/29 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
    05/30 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklag (Goldener Salon)
    05/31 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
    06/01 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
    06/15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    06/16 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
    06/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
    06/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
    06/20 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    06/21 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
    06/22 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    06/24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
    06/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    06/26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    06/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
    06/29 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
    07/01 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
    07/02 – Vancouver, BC @ The Bitmore
    07/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    07/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    07/07 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
    07/09 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
    07/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

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