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The Districts met in their hometown of Lititz, Pa., and began making a name for themselves in Philadelphia’s music scene. Coming from a small town, the band members have known one another for most of their lives. “I went to preschool with [frontman] Rob [Grote],” says drummer Braden Lawrence, “but I didn’t talk to him because he stole my blocks or something and I hated him for 10 years.”

Eventually the Districts relocated to Philadelphia and became part of that city’s music scene. Their most recent album, A Flourish and a Spoil, was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn. “It was awesome,” Grote says of the experience. “We put on some Nirvana and went swimming.”

Now on tour supporting the new album, the Districts visited The Current’s studio for a session with Mary Lucia. Here are some key quotes from the interview:

On the title of their song, “4th and Roebling”:
“It’s right off the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. We parked there the first time we played in New York a long time ago, and we needed a title for the song.”

On how their van and gear disappeared while on a previous tour:
“We went to the City Museum in East Saint Louis (Ill.), which is an awesome museum but not in an awesome area. We were in a gated lot, but we came out of the City Museum and our van was gone.”

On the Philadelphia music scene:
“I feel like it’s one big music scene with a lot of different little ones in it. But even if you don’t necessarily fit into a certain one, no one really hates on each other too much. Even if you don’t like the music, it’s cool that there’s a lot of bands; everyone’s pretty supportive of it and into it, so that’s cool.”

Songs Performed
“4th and Roebling”
All songs off The Districts’ album, “A Flourish and a Spoil”, out now on Fat Possum Records.


In September 2012, a high-school rock band from Lititz, Pennsylvania, called The Districts took to the stage at World Cafe Live in Wilmington, Delaware, as part of a local battle of the bands competition.

The band took first place in the competition,  “The impressive, young band channeled the rock-and-soul vibe of Cold War Kids and Spoon; singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. A thundering swell cuts, leaving a clean guitar arpeggio floating in space as Grote catches his breath; the verses build in waves, with the heaviness sometimes derived just from Braden Lawrence’s drums. Grote is an intense, emphatic, occasionally bewildering stage presence – he kicks, stomps and snarls, both at the mic and far away – and the entire band hold their own, shuffling and bobbing and giving the overall band a dynamic stage presence.”
Since that night in Delaware five years ago, The Districts have built their growing fan base on exactly the kind of dynamic energy described above. This energy, powered by lead singer Rob Grote’s charisma and emotionally riveting performances, was fantastically captured in a HotBox session of “Funeral Beds,” in 2012, and the band haven’t looked back since.

By 2014, The Districts had become one of Philadelphia’s best new bands, and toured incessantly. They moved to Philly and released their second album, “A Flourish And A Spoil”, in 2015. After the release of Flourish, Grote and the band started working on new music, and have kept busy with local side projects including the fuzzed out punk-garage Straw Hats (featuring Districts’ Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence) and the occasional solo show by Grote. 

So its a new song by The Districts, “Ordinary Day.” The band is putting the finishing touches on a new album due out later this year. “Ordinary Day” is the first chapter of a new book in the band’s creative growth. In well-crafted Beatles-esque fashion, the song leads with a left jab, seducing you with its soft open, only to land a quick right hook.


Firebrand rockers The Districts have enjoyed a stellar year so far. Their debut album “A Flourish And A Spoil” has been getting rave reviews and they’re filling bigger and bigger venues across the world. Their riotous live shows are notorious, and, to show this off, the band filmed themselves storming it at a hometown show in Philadelphia, a show you can watch in its entirety,


The Districts, from the small town of Lititz have achieved something massive and managed to fulfil their potential seen in the early album release Telephone, and their self-titled EP, the record which really threw them under the microscope and in to the limelight. Luckily for them and us the band only went further to build on tracks such as ‘Funeral Beds’ and ‘Lyla’. Their new album titled ‘A Flourish and A Spoil’ is all in all, a fantastic record. Built on classic rock riffs with the honesty of a band unperturbed by fame or fortune by finding the joy of music in it’s Capabilities. See songs ‘4th and Roebling’ and Peaches’ for the proof.

The Districts perform their single “4th and Roebling” off their new album, “A Flourish and a Spoil.”

The Districts deliver raw, rollicking power on ‘A Flourish And A Spoil’ out February 10th on Fat Possum Records. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans) produced/engineered/mixed the album at Seedy Underbelly Studio  in Cannon Falls, MN. The resulting 10 tracks capture the boisterous live performances from the quartet, who are all between 19 and 20 years old. The Districts will be your new favourite band. the single “4th And Roebling” reflects the swagger of a much older band

The four-piece band formed in 2009 while the members were still in high school in Lancaster County, PA. ‘A Flourish And A Spoil’ features singer/guitarist Rob Grote’s vocals front and center, combining equal parts ferocity and yearning as when he reflects on leaving behind suburban childhood on “Suburban Smell.” The album credits original members Grote, Connor Jacobus on bass and Braden Lawrence on percussion with Pat Cassidy joining on guitar following the departure of Mark Larson.

The Districts have toured with bands including Deer Tick, White Denim, Dr. Dog and Temples and won over fans on both sides of the pond with 2014 sets at Lollapalooza, ACL and Reading Festival, among others. As performers, they’re naturals, having the confidence and stage presence of bands twice as old and twice as popular

HotBox Sessions are filmed and recorded live.
The Districts perform their single “4th and Roebling” off their new album, “A Flourish and a Spoil.” Earlier last year The Districts, who are all aged between 19 and 20, released a self-titled EP while in October live mini-album ‘The BBC Sessions’ was also released.


The Districts have been building quite the following this past year, and if you got a chance to see them at any festivals last year, then you understand why. Their self-titled EP released earlier this year has been one of my favorites, and with a storming set at End of the Road last year this basement session gives a small taster of their live performances and their incredible range . The band cruised over to AP headquarters before their sound check and played us a few jams in the basement.

Head on over to our youtube page for more sessions, and keep an eye out for The Districts debut LP “A Flourish And A Spoil” being released on Fat Possum on February 10th 2015.