“Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home.”
Portland electropop band had a huge breakout with their debut single “Weekend”, which soared to the top of dance/electronic charts in early 2014. Almost a year later, the band’s second album ‘Need To Know’ was released via Warner Brothers and they’ve been on my radar ever since. Album standout “Put ‘Em Up” was initially featured on the aforementioned ‘Weekend’ EP, but was given a remastered treatment for their ‘Know’ project. On the single, Priory discusses the issue of sexual identity perception in the American society. “Put ‘Em Up” was also largely inspired by lead singer Brandon Rush’s brother, who was harassed for being open about his sexuality in the military. While the song is powerful enough in its own regard, the video takes Priory’s artistry to new heights. Featuring a strong message towards gender equality, the “Put ‘Em Up” video treatment highlights the daily struggles of transgender couples in America. With this visual, the haunting pre-chorus “boys will be boys / who like boys / who dress like girls / and that’s alright” comes to fruition beautifully. Watch and download Priory’s “Put ‘Em Up” below.