High Priestess Demo Review





Desert Psychlist is not in the habit of reviewing demo’s but there are occasions when a band release a demo so damn good that it would be a disservice to both music fans and the band not to give ’em a well deserved plug as is the case with
High Priestess’s aptly titled ”
Demo“.


Sisters are doing it for themselves” sang the
Eurythmics (with a little help from
Aretha Franklin) and sisters of the riff,
Katie Gilchrest: (guitar / vocals),
Megan “Whiplash” Mullins: (drums) and
Mariana Fiel: (bass) are certainly testament to those lyrics, the
Californian trio not only writing, arranging and playing all the songs on ”
Demo” but also having a hand in the mixing, mastering and artwork.


Desert Psychlist is partial to a little eastern promise and
High Priestess deliver that in spades with first track ”
Firefly” a delightful doomy romp through eastern tinted desert soundscapes underpinned by
Mullins tribal beats and
Fiel’s big bass lines and enhanced by
Gilchrest’s colourful keyboard flourishes,.the song gradually growing in weight and depth when
Gilchrest switches to guitar and the band hit a low. slow but deliciously lysergic groove that sees the guitarist/keyboardist sharing vocals with
Fiel, the pair harmonizing but with one just a heartbeat behind the other creating a sublime echo effect, their similar tones haunting and ethereal.


Despise” follows and opens with
Gilchrest’s acoustic guitar and
Fiel’s bass laying down a madrigal-like refrain that fades out to be replaced by an almost prog-like interlude with
Gilchrest switching to electric guitar, sweeping complex arpeggios over
Fiels thrumming bass and
Mullins sparse but totally effective percussion. The song then shifts up a gear into full on doom territory
Fiels bass defiantly holding the middle ground while
Gilchrest adds exotic touches of six string colouring and
Mullins lays down a solid and pulverising array of percussive power beneath, the guitarist and bassist layering their haunting harmonies above it all. The song then goes into out there psych mode in its mid-section with
Friels bass emitting all manner of grizzled noises and effects complimented by
Gilchrest’s swirling dark keyboards and
Mullins thunderous drums before diving back into the doom again and taking the song to its conclusion.


Take The Blame” sees
High Priestess exploring a more stoner doom sound, the band laying down the fuzz hard and thick, the band jamming a sound that that has a distinctly
Swedish feel, emulating but not copying those blues flecked grooves that are often the territory of
Graveyard and
Witchcraft


Mother Forgive Me” finds
High Priestess back in more familiar country, ethereal harmonies sang (and in this case also whispered) over low ,slow grooves of lysergic doom anchored by grizzled bass and pummelling percussion all overlaid with deliciously seductive guitar colouring.


Earth Drive” closes ”
Demo” with an atmospheric, slightly folky doom torch song taken to another level by
Gilchrest’s soaring guitar solo and hauntingly sweet vocals and harmonies, melodic yet with an underlying feeling of darkness it leaves the listener in no doubt that
High Priestess are a band they will want to hear a lot more from in the future.

Check ’em out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones






Desert Psychlist is not in the habit of reviewing demo’s but there are occasions when a band release a demo so damn good that it would be a disservice to both music fans and the band not to give ’em a well deserved plug as is the case with
High Priestess’s aptly titled ”
Demo“.


Sisters are doing it for themselves” sang the
Eurythmics (with a little help from
Aretha Franklin) and sisters of the riff,
Katie Gilchrest: (guitar / vocals),
Megan “Whiplash” Mullins: (drums) and
Mariana Fiel: (bass) are certainly testament to those lyrics, the
Californian trio not only writing, arranging and playing all the songs on ”
Demo” but also having a hand in the mixing, mastering and artwork.


Desert Psychlist is partial to a little eastern promise and
High Priestess deliver that in spades with first track ”
Firefly” a delightful doomy romp through eastern tinted desert soundscapes underpinned by
Mullins tribal beats and
Fiel’s big bass lines and enhanced by
Gilchrest’s colourful keyboard flourishes,.the song gradually growing in weight and depth when
Gilchrest switches to guitar and the band hit a low. slow but deliciously lysergic groove that sees the guitarist/keyboardist sharing vocals with
Fiel, the pair harmonizing but with one just a heartbeat behind the other creating a sublime echo effect, their similar tones haunting and ethereal.


Despise” follows and opens with
Gilchrest’s acoustic guitar and
Fiel’s bass laying down a madrigal-like refrain that fades out to be replaced by an almost prog-like interlude with
Gilchrest switching to electric guitar, sweeping complex arpeggios over
Fiels thrumming bass and
Mullins sparse but totally effective percussion. The song then shifts up a gear into full on doom territory
Fiels bass defiantly holding the middle ground while
Gilchrest adds exotic touches of six string colouring and
Mullins lays down a solid and pulverising array of percussive power beneath, the guitarist and bassist layering their haunting harmonies above it all. The song then goes into out there psych mode in its mid-section with
Friels bass emitting all manner of grizzled noises and effects complimented by
Gilchrest’s swirling dark keyboards and
Mullins thunderous drums before diving back into the doom again and taking the song to its conclusion.


Take The Blame” sees
High Priestess exploring a more stoner doom sound, the band laying down the fuzz hard and thick, the band jamming a sound that that has a distinctly
Swedish feel, emulating but not copying those blues flecked grooves that are often the territory of
Graveyard and
Witchcraft


Mother Forgive Me” finds
High Priestess back in more familiar country, ethereal harmonies sang (and in this case also whispered) over low ,slow grooves of lysergic doom anchored by grizzled bass and pummelling percussion all overlaid with deliciously seductive guitar colouring.


Earth Drive” closes ”
Demo” with an atmospheric, slightly folky doom torch song taken to another level by
Gilchrest’s soaring guitar solo and hauntingly sweet vocals and harmonies, melodic yet with an underlying feeling of darkness it leaves the listener in no doubt that
High Priestess are a band they will want to hear a lot more from in the future.

Check ’em out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones




Desert Psychlist is not in the habit of reviewing demo’s but there are occasions when a band release a demo so damn good that it would be a disservice to both music fans and the band not to give ’em a well deserved plug as is the case with
High Priestess’s aptly titled ”
Demo“.


Sisters are doing it for themselves” sang the
Eurythmics (with a little help from
Aretha Franklin) and sisters of the riff,
Katie Gilchrest: (guitar / vocals),
Megan “Whiplash” Mullins: (drums) and
Mariana Fiel: (bass) are certainly testament to those lyrics, the
Californian trio not only writing, arranging and playing all the songs on ”
Demo” but also having a hand in the mixing, mastering and artwork.


Desert Psychlist is partial to a little eastern promise and
High Priestess deliver that in spades with first track ”
Firefly” a delightful doomy romp through eastern tinted desert soundscapes underpinned by
Mullins tribal beats and
Fiel’s big bass lines and enhanced by
Gilchrest’s colourful keyboard flourishes,.the song gradually growing in weight and depth when
Gilchrest switches to guitar and the band hit a low. slow but deliciously lysergic groove that sees the guitarist/keyboardist sharing vocals with
Fiel, the pair harmonizing but with one just a heartbeat behind the other creating a sublime echo effect, their similar tones haunting and ethereal.


Despise” follows and opens with
Gilchrest’s acoustic guitar and
Fiel’s bass laying down a madrigal-like refrain that fades out to be replaced by an almost prog-like interlude with
Gilchrest switching to electric guitar, sweeping complex arpeggios over
Fiels thrumming bass and
Mullins sparse but totally effective percussion. The song then shifts up a gear into full on doom territory
Fiels bass defiantly holding the middle ground while
Gilchrest adds exotic touches of six string colouring and
Mullins lays down a solid and pulverising array of percussive power beneath, the guitarist and bassist layering their haunting harmonies above it all. The song then goes into out there psych mode in its mid-section with
Friels bass emitting all manner of grizzled noises and effects complimented by
Gilchrest’s swirling dark keyboards and
Mullins thunderous drums before diving back into the doom again and taking the song to its conclusion.


Take The Blame” sees
High Priestess exploring a more stoner doom sound, the band laying down the fuzz hard and thick, the band jamming a sound that that has a distinctly
Swedish feel, emulating but not copying those blues flecked grooves that are often the territory of
Graveyard and
Witchcraft


Mother Forgive Me” finds
High Priestess back in more familiar country, ethereal harmonies sang (and in this case also whispered) over low ,slow grooves of lysergic doom anchored by grizzled bass and pummelling percussion all overlaid with deliciously seductive guitar colouring.


Earth Drive” closes ”
Demo” with an atmospheric, slightly folky doom torch song taken to another level by
Gilchrest’s soaring guitar solo and hauntingly sweet vocals and harmonies, melodic yet with an underlying feeling of darkness it leaves the listener in no doubt that
High Priestess are a band they will want to hear a lot more from in the future.

Check ’em out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones



Desert Psychlist is not in the habit of reviewing demo’s but there are occasions when a band release a demo so damn good that it would be a disservice to both music fans and the band not to give ’em a well deserved plug as is the case with
High Priestess’s aptly titled ”
Demo“.


Sisters are doing it for themselves” sang the
Eurythmics (with a little help from
Aretha Franklin) and sisters of the riff,
Katie Gilchrest: (guitar / vocals),
Megan “Whiplash” Mullins: (drums) and
Mariana Fiel: (bass) are certainly testament to those lyrics, the
Californian trio not only writing, arranging and playing all the songs on ”
Demo” but also having a hand in the mixing, mastering and artwork.


Desert Psychlist is partial to a little eastern promise and
High Priestess deliver that in spades with first track ”
Firefly” a delightful doomy romp through eastern tinted desert soundscapes underpinned by
Mullins tribal beats and
Fiel’s big bass lines and enhanced by
Gilchrest’s colourful keyboard flourishes,.the song gradually growing in weight and depth when
Gilchrest switches to guitar and the band hit a low. slow but deliciously lysergic groove that sees the guitarist/keyboardist sharing vocals with
Fiel, the pair harmonizing but with one just a heartbeat behind the other creating a sublime echo effect, their similar tones haunting and ethereal.


Despise” follows and opens with
Gilchrest’s acoustic guitar and
Fiel’s bass laying down a madrigal-like refrain that fades out to be replaced by an almost prog-like interlude with
Gilchrest switching to electric guitar, sweeping complex arpeggios over
Fiels thrumming bass and
Mullins sparse but totally effective percussion. The song then shifts up a gear into full on doom territory
Fiels bass defiantly holding the middle ground while
Gilchrest adds exotic touches of six string colouring and
Mullins lays down a solid and pulverising array of percussive power beneath, the guitarist and bassist layering their haunting harmonies above it all. The song then goes into out there psych mode in its mid-section with
Friels bass emitting all manner of grizzled noises and effects complimented by
Gilchrest’s swirling dark keyboards and
Mullins thunderous drums before diving back into the doom again and taking the song to its conclusion.


Take The Blame” sees
High Priestess exploring a more stoner doom sound, the band laying down the fuzz hard and thick, the band jamming a sound that that has a distinctly
Swedish feel, emulating but not copying those blues flecked grooves that are often the territory of
Graveyard and
Witchcraft


Mother Forgive Me” finds
High Priestess back in more familiar country, ethereal harmonies sang (and in this case also whispered) over low ,slow grooves of lysergic doom anchored by grizzled bass and pummelling percussion all overlaid with deliciously seductive guitar colouring.


Earth Drive” closes ”
Demo” with an atmospheric, slightly folky doom torch song taken to another level by
Gilchrest’s soaring guitar solo and hauntingly sweet vocals and harmonies, melodic yet with an underlying feeling of darkness it leaves the listener in no doubt that
High Priestess are a band they will want to hear a lot more from in the future.

Check ’em out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones



Desert PsychlistHigh Priestess’sDemo


Sisters are doing it for themselvesEurythmicsAretha FranklinKatie GilchrestMegan “Whiplash” MullinsMariana FielCalifornianDemo


Desert PsychlistHigh PriestessFireflyMullinsFiel’s Gilchrest’s Gilchrest Fiel
DespiseGilchrest’s Fiel’sGilchrest Fiels Mullins FielsGilchrestMullinsFriels Gilchrest’s Mullins
Take The BlameHigh PriestessSwedishGraveyard Witchcraft
Mother Forgive MeHigh Priestess
Earth DriveDemoGilchrest’s High Priestess

Source: Desert Psychlist