Review By: Mike Gerry
Photos By: Jamie Platus
The Districts are a young 4 piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Lititz, Pennsylvania now residing in Philadelphia with a slew of other great artists like The War On Drugs. Like so many other great Philly artists, these young dudes are about to blow up.
The Districts just released their new album A Flourish and a Spoil back in February to much fan fare. Since their signing to Fat Possum Records and the release of their self titled EP last year, playing a ton of shows and the festival circuit over the last year, these guys have been rocking the stages and building a huge following working up to this release.
The album itself is a great debut that really gives a good representation of the talent these guys have. But if you haven’t seen The Districts live yet, this is where you are going to get the full experience and really understand just how great this band is.
The Districts played a beautiful, new venue in Atlanta called Aisle 5 in Little Five Points. This used to be the Five Spot, but they have since gutted it, and reworked it into one of Atlanta’s best small venues. If you have been to Terminal West in Atlanta, it’s a similar venue, albeit slightly smaller. The lighting is great, the sound is spot on, and with a few more beers spilled on it, it’s sure to be a favorite Atlanta spot with the eclectic mix of acts it brings through.
This all was the perfect spot for The Districts to show out, and show out they did. Sure this is a rock ‘n’ roll band, but what you see in person is so much more than your just standard ole rock band. Great songwriting, combined with some indie rock chops and some experimenting is what keeps this band interesting and puts them in their own league. There is no stopping this band as they continue to grow.
With songs like 4th and Roebling and Young Blood, you see The Districts slowly build up the song and then work things into a frenzy, and those in the crowd can’t help but dance along. Their energy on stage is infectious with them all dancing around on stage having the time of their lives. This was one of those shows that every single person was into, it was impossible not to have fun, it was impossible not to love The Districts. This ended up being one of the best shows of the year.
Check out a few videos from the show:
The crowd energy was there from the beginning and only kept working it’s way to pulsating. Screams of “You guys fucking rock” started immediately after the first song. When they ended the show with 4th and Roebling, the crowd knew that they had just seen greatness with one of the best closers we have seen in a long while. If you weren’t a fan before, you were now, and we sure are huge fans.
The Pine Barons warmed up the crowd with a thrilling set of their own. These guys from Southern Jersey showed out their own brand of rock with psych folk sound that was the perfect start.