Listen to: ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’ by The Districts

Listen to: ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’ by The Districts

Leigh MichaelMonday,1 June 2015

Four middle school buddies from small-town Pennsylvania make up The Districts. And although only one of the members has made it to the 21 year-old milestone yet, they’ve been making great music for a few years now (“Funeral Beds,” off their 2012 LP, pretty instantly turned heads).

Earlier this year, the band released their first full-length studio record with Fat Possum Records. A Flourish and a Spoil was described as “cathartic rock music [that] rages in familiar ways, with an unexpectedly devastating twist of the knife every now and then. The music is proudly sloppy and artfully bloodthirsty, but it’s never just monochromatic brute-force fury.”

Lilitz, Pennsylvania is probably best known for its proximity to other places: It hangs just off Route 76, an hour and a half west of Philadelphia and just shy of fifty minutes from Harrisburg. It’s a town that you pass through, not that you go to.

And that’s the angle that The Districts are taking. Although the major cities in the USA continue to be parceled into workhorses of musical genres (grunge? Meet Seattle. Hip hop? LA. Country? Nashville.), it seems like the “small town band” is building its own brand. It’s like when Hanson — who now brews a beer called Mmmhops — got really into working “We’re from Tulsa” into every interview. It was their thing.

The Districts wear the hat of small town charm well. They’re humble folk, focused on the music. In a recent piece with SPIN, the interviewer managed to weave not one but four questions about how living in a small town shaped them (“[I miss] just like, being able to park really easily.”) and whether they’re excited to get out (“yeah, it sucks!”). They’re navigating fame, and they’re doing it gracefully.

And with great music to boot! Give these a listen: “Funeral Beds,” “Peaches,” and “4th and Roebling,” and then check out the Take Away Show below:

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The DistrictsLa Blogotheque, NPR, Image Credit: Flickr

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