Priory – Worthy Dreams (A Foot in Eternity)
Post punka-tude, harmonic interference, release and resist. Priory reminds me of super-heroes on the verge of a nervous break-through. They need seven thousand instruments to express the full power of what they’ve held back. Priory marches forth like the fearsome warriors of the Battle of Thermopylae, joyfully fighting to the last breath; and this time, defeating the Persian Army.
The song ‘Kings of Troy’ does not have the high-highs, or full-on tension as expressed above—but its still a good starting point. Now, if you dig some more into their self-titled release, you just might find what I did, or possibly something completely your own.
From Priory: Portland, Oregon-based indie-pop/electronic-folk outfit Priory, comprised of Brandon Johnson (vocals, bass), Kyle Dieker (acoustic guitar, keys, bells, falsetto), Rich Preinesberger (drums), and Greg Harpel (lead guitar, bells, keys), follow-up 2010’s “Cold Hands” EP with their debut, self-titled full-length. “Priory” will be released on June 21, 2011 via Portland’s Expunged Records (home of Blind Pilot).
From comparing a drug addition to a bad relationship (“Devil vs. Heater”), how our perception of family and the importance of it changes as we age (“Searching”), and self-assessment in dying moments (“Coal Mine“). To songs about fighting for what you believe in (“Worthy Dreams”), being in a relationship with someone who is always being pursued by others (“Kings of Troy”), and realizing life is short (“Cold Hands”), the latter of which is about a couple dying together in a car crash. Priory doesn’t shy away from tackling some of life’s scariest questions or the thoughts that we all think, but oft-try to suppress.