Album Reviews

High Priests - Spinning
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:55
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High Priests get to call Chicago home. Not that you need me to tell you that. It’s something you could easily figure out yourself, seeing as the force of Midwestern noise rock is strong in this trio. After four years of bonding over bad jokes and blunts, these former and current members of The Brokedowns, Wide Angles and Post Child decided it was about time for a debut album. So they headed for the studio with Meat Wave’s Joe Gac and managed to squeeze out an entire album in between frequent viewings of the Karp documentary.

‘Spinning’ comes with eleven cuts that sound like they got the shit beaten out of them. All bruised and battered, they refused to break and became as lean as they are mean instead. Oh, and these songs fight dirty. First they distract you with desperate howls and then bludgeon you with rumbling bass lines and Grohl-like drumming before finishing you off with riffs as sharp and serrated as a prison shank.

From the moment you get swept up by the manic, punky opener ‘Control’ up until the moment where you get tossed aside at the end of the mathematically precise ‘All You’, there really isn’t a lot more you can do than bow before these High Priests.


Track listing:

  1. Control
  2. Sell Your Clothes
  3. Night Train
  4. Ululu
  5. 10 Years
  6. Talking to a Cop
  7. Spinning
  8. More Than You Need
  9. Century Deprivation
  10. Drop of a Pin
  11. All You
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.