Accepting a show invite to see a band I’m not familiar with and who is not even from this area is something I don’t do but I took a chance on Priory and it paid off. Priory is a Portland duo (Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears who are touring with three other band members) that creates alternative/rock music with an electronica undertone that’s just poppy enough to make it approachable. Their sound is layered so skillfully that it forms a cohesive flow with lasting depth.
Tuesday night Priory played to a Philly crowed that was slowly filling in the space at Union Transfer. Although the crowd did not seem overly familiar with Priory’s music they did seem to like it enough to respect their performance which actually speaks a lot to how good a band Priory is and to their potential. Opening bands never get super long sets but only allotting twenty-five minutes for Priory was a tease—this band deserved a longer set. Hearing the infectiously inspiring anthemic “Weekend” live was a real treat—that song has such lyrical heart. At that point it dawned on me, “I think I know this song from Radio 104.5 FM.” Priory’s set contained songs from ‘Weekend’ EP which will be released October 14th, 2014. I think you’re going to want to hear this one. Looks like Priory is my new favorite band and I couldn’t be happier.
The show continued with a performance by Halsey that caught my attention when she covered The Killer’s “When You Were Young.” Sometimes I’m just excited to hear what cover an artist decides to throw into their set. The Kooks was clearly the headliner based on the crowd response but just like the pervious bands this night I had never seen them live before nor knew much about their music. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this band from friends but I never took the time to check The Kooks out until now. After The Kooks’ set and their three song encore (“See Me Now” from their new album, ‘Listen’, sounded so beautiful) I can honestly say that I like this band—they deliver good rock music.
Music—too much is not enough.