Photo by Nick Walker

Priory is a project born of two young artists—Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears—betting on themselves. The pair met while living in a trashy bachelor pad in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, and finding in the other kindred musical spirits.

After years of juggling day jobs and courting other hobbies, they quit their day jobs and went all in, putting in the hours and the blood (quite literally selling plasma to survive), sweat, and tears to create something wholly their own. Written in a studio built from the ground up in a former cement factory, the resulting output is a unique and powerful collection of neon-lit new wave pop cut with modern rock aesthetics, led by the ebullient and catchy single, "Weekend.” It’s the sound of a band emerging triumphantly from the trials of their past and looking fearlessly into the future.