Preview: The Prids @ Doug Fir Lounge, September 11th
Written by Ned Tilbrook on September 8, 2021
FFO: The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, Built To Spill, Sonic Youth
On September 11th, longtime Portland post-punk/indie-rock/shoegaze band The Prids celebrate the reissue their first two albums 2003’s Love Zero and 2006’s Until The World is Beautiful with a show at the Doug Fir Lounge supported by The Upsidedown and Koalra.
‘The Problem’ from The Prids debut album Love Zero, which is reissued September 11th.
The Prids are a band for whom life has rarely been dull. They were founded by David Frederickson and Mistina La Fave in Missouri in the mid-90s before moving to Portland in 1999 and have been regulars on the scene ever since. Frederickson and La Fave were briefly married but divorced in 2001, with the band continuing for another two decades to date. Besides their first two records there have been two later albums (Chronosynclastic and Do I Look Like I’m in Love?) and a selection of EPs as well as some notable collaborations such as with Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch. In the middle of all this, the band suffered personal injuries and equipment loss during serious road accident in 2008; donations from fans worldwide and a benefit album containing covers of Prids songs entitled Dots to Connect: The Music of the Prids helped the band to recover. However, in 2015 they suffered another blow: La Fave suffered a brain hemorrhage and was lucky to survive the day before they were due to enter the studio to begin recording. Through all these obstacles, the band have maintained a strong DIY ethic and to this day, they continue to be active in the Portland scene and tour nationally and globally (when travel restrictions permit, of course).
On Saturday, the early work of this Portland indie stalwart will be celebrated. Droning, fast beats combine with jangly guitars and airy, yet fierce vocals on these two albums to create something that will be both familiar and new to fans of classic shoegaze, post-punk, and the indie rock of bands such as Built To Spill, yet it also offers something interesting and unique. It promises to be a loud, energetic evening and yet another triumph for a band that has already overcome so much.
Please note that The Doug Fir Lounge requires either proof of vaccination or a negative covid test (48 hours or less before the event) as well as a mask for entry. Full details of their covid policy can be found here; tickets can be found here.