One of my favorite albums this year is the criminally overlooked debut from Montreal's Priestess. Heavy, groovy, and catchy as hell...in a smarter world Priestess would be headlining hockey arenas. Thankfully, the band are total road dogs, and hopefully their upcoming tour with Mastodon and Converge will help break them in the manner they deserve. Singer/guitarist Mikey Heppner checks in from the land of Molson and poutine with his year-end poll answers:
1. What was your favorite song of 2006?
History's Stranglers by the Bronx
2. What was your favorite album of 2006?
Blood Mountain by Mastodon
3. What was your favorite live show of 2006?
The Besnard Lakes @ Sala Rosa in Montreal
4. What was your favorite thing about 2006?
Touring with Dinosaur Jr.
5. What is your biggest wish for 2007?
That we don't die touring with Mastodon
PRIESTESS with Mastodon and Converge tour dates:
26-Jan Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale
27-Jan HOB - Orlando
28-Jan Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg
30-Jan Beta Bar - Tallahassee
31-Jan 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
1-Feb Blue Cat's - Knoxville
2-Feb Rocketown - Nashville
3-Feb Pop's - St Louis
5-Feb First Ave - Minneapolis
7-Feb The Orbit Room - Grand Rapids
8-Feb Newport Music Hall - Columbus
9-Feb Rex Theater - Pittsburgh
10-Feb Starland Ballroom - Sayreville
11-Feb Lupo's - Providence
13-Feb Crocodile Rock - Allentown
14-Feb Water Street Music Hall - Rochester
15-Feb Northern Lights - Albany
16-Feb Toad's Place - New Haven
17-Feb 9:30 Club - DC
18-Feb Norva – Norfolk
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