Following the path of the pioneers, hacking their living out of the trees and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, residing at the heart of an inspired and passionate scene, Priory has emerged. Formed by old friends and a mix of styles, this unique blend of forms and personalities creates a profound sound and inspiring live show.
Priory began on the musical ideas of long time friends Brandon Johnson and Kyle Dieker. The band added friends Greg Harpel and Richard Prinesberger in the fall of 2008. Priory’s dynamic sound includes honest vocal harmonies, some raunchy folk rock, and just a pinch of casiotone.
The band is fronted by composer and bassist Brandon Johnson. He has worked with many of today’s top indie acts such as The Old Believers, Jay Clark (of Pretty Girls Make Graves), Drew Grow and The Pastor’s Wives, Blind Pilot, Horse Feathers, and members of the Shins. Kyle Dieker is one of Priory’s multi-instrumentalists on guitar, vocal harmonies and keys. Priory presents a layer of sound, made complete by Dieker’s unearthly falsetto. Greg Harpel on guitar and keys is an accomplished poet and provides background vocals. Rich Prinesberger backs the band on drums, bringing his years of punk drumming to the scene. He has toured internationally with punk darlings The Red Dawns, The Observers, and Tragedy. His energy and skill provide a rhythmic intensity pushing Priory into rock and roll territory.
Priory has played at Portland’s top venues, packing out the Doug Fir, the Holocene and filling the White Eagle. Priory is sponsored by clothing company Tank Farm, and is a part of the Future Sounds family.
In 2010 Priory recorded an EP with Skyler Norwood who produced Priory and indie favorites such as Talk Demonic, Viva Voce, Blind Pilot and Horse Feathers.
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