Priory. Photo by: Jiro Schneider
Priory. Photo by: Jiro Schneider

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Interview with: Brandon Rush/Kyle Sears
Written by: Matthew McGuire
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Prioryan electronic/synth/pop duo from Portland, Oregon made up of Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears. These two gentlemen went over their past performance at Governors Ball, as well as their plans for Bonnaroo.

Priory to perform Saturday, June 13 in This Tent from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Scope out how their summer tour is going, and listen in to their music before checking them out live on stage.


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You recently performed at The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York. Can you describe that experience?

“It’s always great spending time in NYC. When we landed at JFK a police officer recognized us and shook our hands and said “good luck” at the festival. There is a vibe in New York City like no other city in the world. We can always tell when were at a festival in BC, a couple beach balls flying through the air one minute into the song.”

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Have you been working on new material during your time off the road? What inspires you to create new music?

“Brandon and I are continually writing. We are only home about a week in between festivals and we spent almost every day in the studio. The great thing about being on tour is that you wake up in a new city every day and have new inspirations all around you. Brandon recently bought a  really nice camera so he can document all the stuff that we’re doing.”

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The duo is set to perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on Saturday, June 13. What kind of preparation goes into your set?

“We spent a lot of time prepping the live set. We always say that we get bloody live. We just spent the last two months on the road crafting the set. We perform as a five piece with some of our best friends and musicians. After every tour, Brandon and I tweek many elements so it’s different every time you see us.”

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[av_testimonial_single src=’9785′ name=’Kyle Sears’ subtitle=’Priory’ link=” linktext=”]
I hear Bonnaroo has the best catering out of the large-scale festivals. Besides good food, what is it about this festival that pulls you in?

“Well now we know to check out all the food at Bonnaroo! Festivals are great because people get to see all different kinds of music in one setting. Festival lightbar is unique because your camped out and can’t really leave. It creates its own sense of community. We are actually camping out there, looking forward to spending time at the festival, seeing bands, drinking good beer and eating good food.”

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Is there a pocket of music in Portland that reflects your sound, or have you went against the grain and created your own sound?

“The great thing about Portland is that you’re free to create anything you want. You really gets opportunities to do that. For us, we hide away in our own studio and created something on our own. We have always done things this way. Songs always win at the end of the day and it’s great to have our own studio LOUDWAR to create in.”

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[av_testimonial_single src=’9785′ name=’Kyle Sears’ subtitle=’Priory’ link=” linktext=”]
Is the band more focused on getting in the studio or hitting the road this summer?

“I think that there’s a balance between the two worlds. Too much tour and you burn out, but too much time in the studio you ache to play live. The joy of playing onstage is something that’s kind of unexplainable, but the freedom you have in the studio brings about that freedom. We need both to survive.”

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Have you recorded music on a tour bus? How do you feel a mobile recording process is different and similar to a stationary setup?

“Brandon I come up with ideas on the road all the time. We will often get our own hotel room and work on those ideas once were stationary. Then we can go back to the studio to finish the job. It’s a different way of writing but we love it.”

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Priory ‘Put Em Up’


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