The Prids

So The Prids didn’t form their band last year when they met in college, or 6 months ago when they met at a show, and this isn’t their debut release.  It’s extremely fair to say The Prids have been around the block a few times.

To keep it short and sweet : David Frederickson (guitars, vocals) and Mistina La Fave (bass, vocals) started their band together over a decade ago in rural Missouri.  They released a slew of 7″s,eps, and full lengths.  They relocated to several cities before landing in beautiful Portland, OR where they now reside.  Also of not is the fact that the two fell in love, were married, were divorced, and yet the band continued on.  Maile Arruda (keys) and Lee Zeman (drums) round out The Prids sound.

‘Chronosynclastic’ is the culmination of the Prids life experiences, song writing, playing, and recording.  The result is a stunning collection of down right lovable, off kilter, pop songs.  Melancholy in feeling, but moving fast enough to appear happy on the surface.  The soaring melodies, and the dual boy / girl vocals is the band’s foundation.  Then you add in David’s perfect guitar hooks (remiiniscent of some of Joey Santiago’s famous early Pixies guitar lines), heartfelt lyrics, and the pulsing rhythm section and you come out with songs that you want to hear over and over again.  David explains the theme of the record to be “About the passing of time, the perception of time, and the marks that are left on our lives”.

They site such bands as The Smiths, Unrest, Jesus and Mary Chain, Built to Spill (by the way Doug Marstch of Built to Spill is a fan of the band too, and plays some of his guitar magic on Chronosynclastic), Wire,and Sonic Youth as being influences.  While some of their influences can be heard, mostly they just sound like The Prids !

We hope you enjoy the new record as much as we do, and by all means go see them at a show and say hi. (they are really nice ! )


“The Prids are not only a really good band but they are also very nice people. They are getting out there and bringing a unique and worthwhile thing to their audience, this is what it’s all about.

Henry Rollins

“At first I thought The Prids are great cuz they rock so hard, especially Mistina’s physical bass playing. Then I got into the way she and David sing together. But after a few year and records I realized that what makes them really special is that they write good songs–lyrically, melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically good songs.

Doug Marstch- Built to Spill

“I remember the first time I saw the Prids. I had heard a couple of their songs and thought they were great, but was blown away by the power and intensity of their live show. I was completed enraptured by their set. They are one of the best bands I thin k I have ever seen and they write some of the best songs I have ever heard. They are continually on my list of shows to go to and albums to get my hands on.

Oliver Ackerman- A Place to Bury Strangers

“The fact that the Prids are not a household name is baffling to me. Not only do they write great songs, a dying art, but they execute them brilliantly time after time. In a world full of disposable music, the Prids rise above and prove once again that good music is timeless and deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

Scott Ford- Twilight Singers

“The Prids are inspirational. There is no disconnect between the beauty of their music and their character. Whether its their fiercely DIY values, an aesthetic that fuses the ferocity of punk with a harrowing dark romanticism, or their generosity in playing countless benefit shows, they have always stood for something greater than themselves or their songs. They have lived and made music in a way that is fearless and flawless.

Kip Berman- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart