General Info: Members: Rob Grote - Guitar, Lead Vocals Conor Jacobus - Bass Braden Lawrence - Drums Pat Cassidy - Guitar
Biography: Beginning as a band when they were still in high school in Lilitz, PA, The Districts quickly gained local attention and their national audience has been growing steadily larger in the last two years. They self-released their first album in 2012 before signing to Fat Possum Records just as they left high school. The record deal allowed them to abandon their college plans and relocate from the suburbs of Lilitz to Philadelphia. Early in 2014 they released The Districts - EP and embarked on a tour in support of Austin psych-rockers White Denim. They spent the year gigging across the country as they crafted their first album for Fat Possum, A Flourish and a Spoil which was released in February to critical acclaim. Somewhere in the midst of that, their original guitarist left the band to go to school and Pat Cassidy took his place. After transitioning into 2015 with opening spots for Deer Tick and fellow Philadelphia indie-rockers Dr. Dog, The Districts embarked on their first national headlining tour giving them a platform to show people what they do. These four guys, none old enough to (legally) drink yet, are carving out a promising path and will be a great act to see rise further and further.
Major Discography: The Districts - EP (2014) A Flourish and a Spoil (2015)
Sounds Like: Genre: Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Americana Similar Artists: Delta Spirit, The Walkmen, early Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The Strokes,
Live Show: If you cant take the time to watch some of the above videos, The Districts are are a fantastic live band. Probably one of the better young bands performing today. Lead singer/guitarist Rob Grote is one of those people who just should be the frontman of a band. I can't see him doing anything else. All of the members are completely inside the music they're playing. I've seen them three times, the first opening for White Denim, the second at Boston Calling, and the third in NYC at Bowery Ballroom last month. I'll be seeing them again in Washington DC at the end of this month. Each time I've gotten to catch one of their shows they've gotten better. The release of their album seems to have bolstered both their setlist and their confidence and they are becoming a well polished (though still wonderfully rough-around-the-edges) four-piece rock band. Even if their album doesn't thrill you, I recommend seeing them as they really take it all to a different level live. While the songs from the EP remain some of the better live staples, "Young Blood" is an incredible closing number, "Suburban Smell," and "6 AM" (delivered by Grote solo) are both devastatingly powerful, and "4th and Roebling" is just a phenomenal rocker. See their set. If not at Bonnaroo then at some other festival (they're at a number of them) or, even better, at one of their shows.
This has been one of my favorite lineup discoveries aside from Jungle. I feel like a few years from now they will be a band coming around for their second or third trip to the farm and playing on the Which stage. Love their sound.
They did. It was my fifth time seeing them and the best one yet, which is especially impressive given that it was a one hour set on Friday morning
Interesting how we see shows differently. I loved loved loved The Districts at Hangout. But I actually thought the Roo performance was subpar, esp since I skipped out of brunch early to see it. Some I talked into going skipped out early but I would say they enjoyed it more than the two peeps I saw collapse at this show.
I'll say it took a little bit to get going. They started out with some of my least favorite songs from the album, but the second two thirds of the show were fantastic for me. I was right up front which played a big part. Not sure where you were.