Katie Alice Greer was born to a minister in Michigan, where she spent her childhood feeling lonely, getting herself grounded and discovering Jock Jams compilations and Motown music. She’s now the lead vocalist of Priests, a D.C.-based punk band that’s made a name for itself in music and political spheres alike. Spin recently dubbed Priests “activist rock,” but Greer says they didn’t set out to be an explicitly political band, it just kind of happened. “Music is inherently political, everything is political,” Greer told Paula Mejia of Rolling Stone on the heels of the D.C. event she’d helped organize on Inauguration Day, called “No Thanks: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sounds.”
This week’s episode of Oh Boy, a conversation between Greer and our host Jay Buim, comes at an interesting time. While a lot of us are quietly navigating the clashing of culture and politics, Greer is doing so on a very public stage. On purpose. Give it a listen to hear her tell Jay how, when and why it all started.