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What is at stake in the seduction of Kansas? Like a gavel or hammer, the question rattles across the second LP from Washington, D.C. rock iconoclasts Priests: The Seduction of Kansas, out April 5th via their own Sister Polygon Records. They announce their new album today alongside a massive world tour and a video for the title track. Entering their eighth year as a band, Priests—drummer Daniele Daniele, vocalist Katie Alice Greer, and guitarist G.L. Jaguar—remain an inspired anomaly in modern music. A band on its own label—jolting the greater music world with early releases by Downtown Boys, Snail Mail, Sneaks, and Gauche—they are living proof that it is still possible to work on one’s own terms, to collectively cultivate one’s own world.

The band also found a kindred spirit in producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St. Vincent), recording for two weeks at his Elmwood Studio in Dallas. It marked the band’s first time opening up their creative work to collaborate with someone outside of their DC-based community—a decidedly less hermetic approach.

The first single, "The Seduction of Kansas", is Priests’ purest pop song to date. It is dark and glittering—though there is still something fantastically off about it, decadent and uneasy at once.

Priests will tour the US and Europe extensively in 2019. Tour dates at
Release date
Apr. 5, 2019
Featuring the single(s)
"Good Time Charlie". Stream / download the album here:
Manager: Gary Walker

Publisher: Ribbon Music
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Press / Radio
Jacob Daneman @ Pitch Perfect:
"The Seduction of Kansas is a pretty great album about American dysfunction, but it’s an even better album about how to make a guitar band feel essential in 2019."
- Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2019

Pitchfork feature: "Priests on What it Means to Be an American Rock Band Right Now"

"'Good Time Charlie' sounds like a spaghetti western in a neon hellscape, in the absolute best way possible."
- The Fader

"Complex, questioning and thought-provoking, The Seduction of Kansas provides a soundtrack for the modern age, pulled between persistent anxiety and the desire to just forget about it all and dance.”
- Loud & Quiet

The Seduction of Kansas feels like that great leap into the unknown for a band that pays off. It pairs their post-punk upbringing with cheerleader pop a la The Go-Go’s and Blondie."
- Soundblab 8/10*

Priests share second single "Good Time Charlie" accompanied by lyric video via Pitchfork and Stereogum

“DC’s Priests will release the punk album of 2019.”
- Q Magazine

"The title track — and its accompanying video directed by singer Katie Alice Greer — is a reminder of what makes the band's sharp, cerebral music so exciting. "The Seduction of Kansas" follows in Priests' tradition of reckoning with complex questions about identity — especially national identity — through minute details."

"Priests’ title track is like a semiotics class set to an arty dance beat: the singer Katie Alice Greer flings around signifiers of American culture — Superman, Dorothy, Applebee’s — before repeating a vow that teeters between genuine and controlling."
- New York Times

"Something exciting seems to be afoot with Priests’ new album, judging by the great title track, which swings and glides in ways that the band’s past work only hinted at."
- Rolling Stone

Stereogum '5 Best Songs of the Week': #1 "The Seduction of Kansas"

"The Seduction of Kansas" featured at NPR All Songs Considered

Full US & European tour dates and "The Seduction of Kansas" music video via Pitchfork

"The Seduction of Kansas" added to Rolling Stone'sFebruary 2019 print 'The Mix: Playlist'

Tour Dates
4/16 II Elsewhere II Brooklyn, NY
4/22 II Lincoln Hall II Chicago, IL
5/16 II 100 Club II London, UK
6/27 II Teragram Ballroom II LA, CA
6/29 II Starline Social Club II Oakland, CA
Full tour schedule at: