Philadelphia based band The Districts have an average age lower than the average age of One Direction. Just let that sink in for a moment.
The majority of the band only graduated from high school last year, which means that had they been waiting in line to get into their packed EP release show at Baby's All Right last night, they would have been turned away from the 21+ show at the door. Despite playing a release show in a different state and not being able to play to a room filled with their peers, they were able to draw a sizable crowd to the Brooklyn venue. While no one in the audience seemed surprised by the turn out, the way the guys kept looking out at the room suggested that this was not the outcome they expected, but man were they pleased.
The release show was to celebrate the drop of their debut on Fat Possum Records, an indie label based out of Mississippi. The self-titled five track EP includes three tracks off their self-released full length album from last year, as well as two new tracks. From the top of their set last night to the end, each track was well received, proving that their "explosive folk sound" is actually just that: explosive. They managed to quell the ever-present bar chatter during tracks "Lyla" and "Long Distance." When their set was over it took the crowd a few moments to snap out of the trance they had induced. The spell was broken, it was time to go get another drink and process what just happened on stage. And immediately pick up the nearest smart phone to find out when it could be experienced again.
The guys who make up The Districts look their age. They don't, however, sound it. Their lyrics are filled with a depth and awareness that usually doesn't seem to hit most songwriters until their 30s. They play their instruments with an air of ease and precision that takes years to acquire. Years that they just don't seem like they would have enough of. But they clearly do.
The Districts will be a band popping up on lists and blogs more and more this year, and they have already earned those spots. And if their recordings, along with their live recordings are any indication, they won't be relinquishing those spots any time soon.
The Districts are heading out on tour with White Denim and their support spot is not to be missed. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.