The Districts

The Districts

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<div>Hot on the heels of signing with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records, <a href="">The Districts</a> have released an eponymous five-song EP. Bookending the record are a pair of new tracks, &ldquo;Rocking Chair&rdquo; and &ldquo;Stay Open,&rdquo; produced by Bill Moriarty, with three standouts from their self-released LP <i>Telephone</i> - &ldquo;Lyla,&rdquo; &ldquo;Funeral Beds,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Long Distance&rdquo; - sandwiched in between.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#222222">A swirling guitar pattern punctuated by a touch of percussion lays the foundation for Rob Grote&rsquo;s vocals in &ldquo;Rocking Chair,&rdquo; which are delivered at a quick-hitting yet evolving pace. The guitars and percussion build a rolling tempo, before slowing as Grote momentarily admits, &ldquo;If I drink some more, well, I think I might drown. Slip into silence as my heart it burns out. Find the devil inside me, and I nail him back down,&rdquo; capped by a collective exuberant&nbsp;&ldquo;whew&rdquo; setting off an abbreviated example of the quartet&rsquo;s foot-stomping instrumentation. Then, the lyrics take a prophetic twist as Grote emotively utters, &ldquo;If the devil ever comes around, shiver at the sight&hellip;&rdquo; returning to the collective chorus &ldquo;Things ain&rsquo;t what they used to be&hellip;&rdquo; ramping up into an elongated energetic instrumental display including unleashed guitar runs.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#222222">&ldquo;Lyla&rdquo; slows things down creating a more intimate atmosphere befitting the lyrics. The time-placing combination of bass and percussion are accented by acoustic guitar and brightened by touches of organ and strings, while Mark Larson&rsquo;s clear, distancing slide guitar provides an extra dimension as Grote questions, &ldquo;Will we ever be what this heart held for you and me? Will we ever be the same?&rdquo;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#222222">As the guitar leads into the folk/blues blown harmonica and the &ldquo;on the move&rdquo; train-churning percussion, &ldquo;Funeral Beds&rdquo; encapsulates an ever-escalating heartbreaking blues. &ldquo;These great fields are stretching taking me oh so far&hellip;&rdquo; The song winds through a narrative series of lyrics that with each succeeding line seems to dig deeper into Grote ushering a powerfully raw outpouring of emotion, culminating as the full speed ahead instrumentation and his vocals boil over - &ldquo;And I hate to say I love you, but oh god damn, I love you, you know I do&hellip;&rdquo;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#222222">&ldquo;Long Distance&rdquo; is a slow-burning blues rocker with a ringing guitar that relates the yearning of separated lovers.&nbsp;Grote introspectively opens up offering heartfelt lyrics - &ldquo;</span><span style="color:#262626">Give me a minute or two to control myself, a minute to get back down to where you are. I just want to come down, and I just want to get back down,</span><span style="color:#262626">to see what this face really means to me.&rdquo;&nbsp;He continuously pushes the envelope, pulling the heartstrings until they appear ready to snap, questioning, &ldquo;Long distance, slow time - is it easier?&rdquo; - ultimately unloading aggression into an instrumental assault before bouncing back to lead the group in an anthem-like sing-along conclusion.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#262626">The EP closes with &ldquo;Stay Open,&rdquo; which bashes the door in with its combination of downhill drums and raucous guitar as Grote croons. As the slide sirens and he exclaims, &ldquo;Won&rsquo;t give my love for free!&rdquo; The song offers an excellent, balanced approach, exemplifying both a natural inclination&nbsp;to exhibit unfiltered feeling, while holding back just enough to orchestrate the polished finish at the song&rsquo;s end. Grote softly pleads,&nbsp;&ldquo;Stay open, stay open to catch my fall, what a shame&hellip;&rdquo; backed by the harmonizing &ldquo;oh my God, falling to pieces, oh my God, falling apart&hellip;&rdquo;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="color:#222222">The Districts continue to grow and evolve as a group. This EP is both an acknowledgement of their recent past, a snapshot of their present and an indication that the quartet has the makings of an incandescent future. - <i>Michael Colavita</i></span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>

Free In-store Performance by The Districts & Pizza Brain at AKA Music Jan. 28

Youthful folk rock outfit on the rise The Districts will be celebrating the arrival of its self-titled debut label release via Fat Possum today with a free performance at AKA Music this evening. It will certainly be an intimate affair compared to their upcoming opening slot this Friday, January 31 at the Electric Factory supporting Dr. Dog. They'll also be hitting the road soon with Austin's White Denim to showcase the new EP and their captivating live set. You should probably get to the Old City record store a bit early and hungry because Pizza Brain will providing slices for you too crush. Free music and pizza - that's a win-win in my book! AKA Music, 27 N. 2nd St., 6pm, Free All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


The Districts' Label Debut Available for Streaming

The Districts' snowball continues to get bigger as it's pushed up the steep slope of the music industry, and deservedly so. (Sorry, we couldn't help it, being surrounded by all this snow.) If you've caught the band live, then you've definitely taken notice of Rob Grote's impassioned, guttural vocal delivery and foot-stompin' intensity. We also really dig Mark Larson's poised guitar work. Well, the group polished off a few older tunes from Telephone and revealed a couple of new ones on their label debut that don't show any signs of the momentum lessening any time soon for the youthful crew. You can stream their splendid self-titled EP over at Rolling Stone. Enjoy!


Shaking Through w/The Districts

Check out the latest episode of Weathervane Music's Shaking Through featuring The Districts! The teenagers have a bright future ahead of them; having recently signed to Fat Possum, they're self-titled EP is scheduled for release on January 28. You can learn more about the group below while viewing the recording of their new track called "Vermont," which can also be downloaded for free HERE.


Fat Possum Announce Release Date for The Districts’ New EP

Fat Possum just announce that The Districts’ new self-titled EP will be released on January 28 (in North America and January 27 in Europe). Below is its first single, a remastered version of “Funeral Beds.” Our readers should already be familiar with the song since it originally appeared on the band’s 2012 LP Telephone and was featured in their viral in-studio performance video with our friends/collaborators HotBox Studios. “Lyla” and “Long Distance” from Telephone have also been remastered, and will be on the Fat Possum release alongside two brand new tracks, “Rocking Chair” and “Stay Open,” which were recorded at Waking Studio this past summer with producer Bill Moriarty. The band will be hitting the road this February/March with Austin's White Denim, and are scheduled to make a stop in Philly on Thursday, February 27 at Union Transfer.