Mystic Priestess celebrate their queer/femme/punk mystique on their latest offering, Part Time Punk Sessions, out March 27, and we’re excited to make them Bandcamp of the day.
Mystic Priestess’ aptly and creatively revamps traditional deathrock and anarcho punk, resulting in a sound that is at once refreshing and familiar.
The Oakland, California-based anarcho-deathrockers return with a brand-new EP, Part Time Punks Sessions. Recorded for the artist archival series of the KXLU radio show of the same name, the recording was performed in a live session at Cave Studios in Los Angeles that aptly captures the fury of their intense live performance.
Part Time Punks Sessions combines furious vocals with the cavernous decay of aggressive guitar melodies, haunting synths, and insistent rhythms. From the anthemic progressions of “No Tomorrow, Only Today” to the emotionally driven “Where Were You,” a lament that decries domestic violence and abandonment, the EP is charged and dynamic from beginning to end.
Singer Sierra Rose says, “The tracks on ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ invoke the balance between light and darkness. It’s about living in the present and being aware of how the world is affected by all living beings.”
Guitarist and saxophonist Winter Zora adds, “The EP is spirited, to say the least. We wanted to convey a fearless presence despite the violence we face as queer and trans people, and here we reclaim deathrock as a queer art form.”
On March 27, Mystic Priestess will celebrate their release at Oakland’s Elbo Room with support from fellow Bay Area deathrock acts False Figure, V.E.X., and Deaths Head.
Part Time Punk Sessions will be available on cassette (limited edition run of 300 purple tapes) and digital formats.