December 14, 2017
THE PRIDS SHARE “ELIZABETH ANN” VIDEO VIA TATTOO NEW LP DO I LOOK LIKE I’M IN LOVE? OUT JANUARY 12TH VIA THIS-A-WAY RECORDS
– Out Magazine
“Portland shoegaze/punk mainstays.”
– She Shreds
“With guitar tones ripped from the C86 compilation and shamelessly lovelorn lyrics, it’s no wonder the Prids have been likened to 1980s gloom-pop titans the Cure and the Smiths.”
– Willamette Week
“The pair sing together, mixing Keith’s delicate delivery with Frederickson’s moody, muddy vox…”
“This Portland, Oregon-based band strips down indie rock, then builds it back up with beats and synths. The sound is shoegazing a la My Bloody Valentine and electronic a la Eno, but some of their tunes have more sizable melodies and grooves.”
– NY Post
“Mixes the Chameleons’ atmospheric psych pop with Pixies-esque male/female vocals.”
Portland, OR-based, noise pop band, The Prids, share their new single and video, “Elizabeth Ann” exclusively on Tattoo, who raved, “The Prids have made the best and most cohesive album of their career.” The Prids new LP, Do I Look Like I’m In Love?, is due out January 12th, 2018 via This-a-Way Records.
“Mangled Hearts,” the last single released from their forthcoming album, premiered on Out Magazine, who praised the video, calling it “An 8-bit video game style adventure stuffed full of LGBTQ symbolism.” The video was animated by the band’s nonbinary and androgyne keyboardist, Tim Yates.
Post-Punk premiered the second single and music video from the “Shoegazing Post-Punk heroes,” stating that it “playfully evokes the kind of late 60’s and early 70’s atmospheric pagan cult psychedelia found in Nico’s film for the 1969 track ‘Evening Of The Light.'” She Shreds premiered their lead single and video, stating, “Despite what La Fave refers to as the band’s “heavy-handed lyrics,” The Prids decided to show their more playful side in the video.” Do I Look Like I’m In Love? is due out via This-a-Way Records. The album was recorded at Rock nRoll B&B on Sauvie Island, 15 miles north of Portland. It was recorded and co-produced by Sean Flora (The Shins, The Black Keys, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks).
Lead single and title track, “Do I Look Like I’m In Love?”, is a dark reflection on modern life and its meaninglessness. Being a part of the scene for over 20 years, the band has reflected upon the way modern culture has changed independent music and autonomy. Having spearheaded the Pacific Northwest DIY scene, bassist and vocalist Mistina La Fave, vocalist and guitarist David Frederickson, drummer Gordon Nickel and keyboardist and bassist Tim Yates, The Prids’s career has spanned over 20 years. The band has toured alongside Built to Spill, among other notable acts, and Henry Rollins is a long time fan. Having faced a life altering brain hemorrhage in Spring 2015, La Fave and the rest of the band are set to pick up where they left off with this forthcoming release. The album comes out on the band’s own DIY label, This-a-Way Records, which has been instrumental in the band’s culture for the past 20 years.
Do I Look Like I’m In Love? illustrates the Portland dark pop band’s mettle through keen lyrical observations, but also in its attention to sonic detail and song craft—this record couldn’t have been made by any other band at any other time. “Do I Look Like I’m In Love?” and “The Shape” both swirl and build like dreams filled with grey skies and the flickering faces of past friends and lovers. These songs nudge up against the air-brushed punk of “Lie Here” and the bass-driven “Colliding,” which recalls the dazed jangle of early R.E.M. More than two decades in, The Prids have made the best and most cohesive album of their career.