Nothing Feels Natural is the first full-length by Washington, D.C.'s Priests. Recorded in the fall of 2016, the record is the culmination of two years' worth of writing, touring, tweaking, and refining. Throughout that time the band has carved out an existence on its own terms, performing mostly all-ages shows booked via a network of like-minded artists both within and outside punk communities.
The album represents a major step forward for Priests. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing Feels Natural can be understood as a series of vignettes – nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual.
The album will be the first full-length LP released on Sister Polygon Records, the label that Priests founded and operate. Even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral.