TVD Live Shots: Priests and Mock Identity at the 9:30 Club, 6/15

Touring to support their new studio album The Seduction of Kansas, Priests hit the 9:30 Club stage on Saturday night for a late, late show that was billed as a record release event. Along for the ride were the gritty fellow DC natives, Mock Identity.

Priests’ new record was released in April of this year on their own label, Sister Polygon Records. The album marks the band’s second full length effort following 2017’s Nothing Feels Natural. The new record has made mostly positive waves among music critics and judging by the support they have established here in DC, there’s nothing standing in the way of this band’s success.

Priests have been on the road now for the past three months playing shows scattered throughout the northeastern US and northern Europe, and the 9:30 Club stop was less of a homecoming than a kick-off to part two of their US tour. The band will now travel out west to California by way of the south.

The vibe at the 9:30 Club was definitely a positive one. Priests’ typical late 11:30pm set time had the club packed pretty tightly and when the band walked on stage and it was evident by front woman Katie Alice Greer’s smile that Priests were there to have some fun in their hometown. “Good Time Charlie,” “Ice Cream,” and “Control Freak” were well received and thrilling to hear live. The more melodic “Texas Instruments,” “68 Screen,” and “I’m Clean” were among my favorites of the night. The band even threw in a cover of Danzig’s “Mother” just a few songs into their set.

Mock Identity had the evening’s opening slot and were a lot of fun. Their pop-oriented guitar driven tones were complimented nicely by the abrupt vocals of Adriana-Lucia Cotes. If you’re in DC, make sure you catch up with them.

MOCK IDENTITY

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