From within the heart of Portland, friends Brandon Rush and Kyle Dieker reconnected in 2007 after going their separate ways from their bachelor pad days. Brandon had become a journeymen farrier, and Kyle was working as a special education instructor in the public school system. Drawn together by their deeply rooted musical proclivities and poetic tendencies, they put it all together in the neoteric arrangements that define the band Priory.
Too aware of vague stereotypes and overused labels, the men of Priory set out to create an entirely different experience for ears, hearts and minds. The result is a sound rooted in colorful storyteller pop hooks infused with the high energy of electronic instrumentation. Tight, eclectic vocal harmonies bring a complex charge to their bold, yet delicate anthems.
After bursting onto the Portland music front in 2010, Priory drew the attention of Anthony McNamer, who soon signed the band to his label, Expunged Records. In 2011, Priory released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. High praise came from home and abroad for the band’s tendencies toward dynamic arrangements and polished production, with many critics predicting prodigious success for the band. Priory’s devoted audience grew across the US in the months that followed. Notably sharing the stage with fan favorites Foster the People, Youth Lagoon, Colour Revolt and the Bar Brothers (to name a few). Widespread touring lead to the bands feature in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s LIVEWIRE! radio, tv shows and radio stations across the US.
Priory is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.