Gene Priest Steps Away From the Drumkit on Folky Solo EP

Gene Priest and the Cardinal Sin

Living to Die (Lapdance Academy)

Local go-to drummer Gene Priest (Cold Hands, the HiLites, Hot Blood) steps out from behind the kit for his first solo project, and it's a distinct departure. Priest takes a full turn away from his other bands' punk and dance-pop tendencies for lethargic, free-floating art-folk (think Vic Chesnutt) on the four-song Living to Die. As moody as the songs are, though, and as uniform as the syrupy tempo is, Priest keeps the whole thing on track with disciplined songwriting, particularly long, billowy melodies that take a while to sink in but are inescapable once they do.