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Interview: Mercury of Priest discusses upcoming album, ‘Dark Pulse’

Last Friday, Swedish synth trio Priest released “Just A Game”, the carrier single off their upcoming album Dark Pulse, slated for May 31st. Following 2022’s Body Machine, the new album centers around a cyberpunk universe full of nightlife-laden adventures, and continues to build upon a beat-heavy, bass-driven foundation inspired by the rave scene of the early 90s. The band is currently in California on the Neon Chronicles tour alongside Julien-K and September Mourning, which continues throughout April.

Ahead of Priest’s show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, frontman Mercury (known as Water during his tenure as bassist for four-time Grammy winners Ghost) came on for an interview. We discussed his transition from Ghost, the foundational elements of “Just A Game” as they work within the Dark Pulse album, the impact of the Swedish rock scene through the years, and the learning curves to pursuing music, personally and professionally.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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