The Prids are an indie pop / post-punk quartet from Portland, Oregon. Founded in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1995 by David Frederickson (guitar, vocals) and Mistina Keith (bass, vocals), they continued to develop in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, where they befriended and were influenced by 1980s post-punk band For Against, before relocating to Portland in November 1999. Other influences include Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Clan of Xymox, New Order, My Bloody Valentine, and Wire. The members live a strict vegan lifestyle and hold strong political beliefs, which influence their writing style. They also follow a strong DIY ethic similar to that of Fugazi, including the home recording of several of their records. In addition, drummer Lee Zeman screenprints all of the band’s T-shirts and stickers and the band book their own tours, print their own buttons, and drive their own van around the country.
The Prids have released two albums so far, Love Zero (2003) and Until The World Is Beautiful (2006), and are planning a new release for this Fall. Unfortunately, on July 20, 2008 they were involved in a serious highway accident while driving south from San Francisco to Los Angeles. All four members and two of their significant others were injured to varying degrees, and their van and gear were destroyed. In the aftermath of the accident, fans and friends worldwide have donated over $16,000 to help them with medical bills and equipment costs. Dots to Connect, a Prids tribute album featuring A Place To Bury Strangers, Veil Veil Vanish, and Bell Hollow among others, was released last month with proceeds going towards these stubborn medical bills. So do your good deed of the day and please buy it from iTunes.