Tribute Album Dots to Connect Out Now on five03 Records
Features covers by A Place to Bury Strangers, The Upsidedown and The Suffocation Keep
During the summer of 2008, indie rock band The Prids took to the road in support of their Something Difficult EP. On July 20th while on their way to Los Angeles, the band and two of their loved ones were severely injured when a blown tire caused their van to crash on I-5 in Southern California. Their vehicle was totaled and all of their equipment destroyed. After the accident, the band received over $16,000 in generous donations from friends and fans around the world, allowing them to purchase a new van and replace their equipment. However, they still had large medical bills to pay.
When Oliver Ackerman, front man for a Place to Bury Strangers, heard what had happened to one of his favorite bands, he suggested recording a Prids tribute album with proceeds going to the band to help pay their medical expenses. The tribute album, Dots to Connect, features covers of Prids songs by 18 amazing artists including A Place to Bury Strangers, The Upsidedown and The Suffocation Keep. All of the artists who contributed to the record are friends of the band who wanted to lend a helping hand.
This digital-only release is available through iTunes and Amazon.com.
What Others Say About The Prids
“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 completely enraptured by their set. They are one of the best bands I think 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 Prids are not only a really good band but they are also very nice people. They are all lucky to be alive after their van took a turn for the worse last year. They are what is good about independent music. They are getting out there and bringing a unique and worthwhile thing to their audience. This is what it’s all about.” – Henry Rollins
“The best thing in the musician world is loving a band’s music and meeting them and finding out they are not only beautiful and wonderful people but forming a long lasting friendship with them. The Prids’ music is as beautiful and wonderful as they are. It shows on Dots To Connect. All the bands that contributed played the songs as fans and friends wanting to help, not just as musicians. Beautiful people making beautiful music isn’t as common as you might think. It’s a rarity and I am glad The Prids will still fill the world with theirs.” – Brett Nelson, Built to Spill / Suffocation Keep
“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 years and records I realized that what makes them really special is that they write good songs–lyrically, melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically good songs.” – Doug Martsch, Built to Spill
“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
1. A Place To Bury Strangers – “The Problem”
2. Green Circles – “Lienzencages”
3. Entertainment – “Shadow and Shadow”
4. Hearts Fail – “The Glow”
5. Charmparticles – “All That You Want”
6. The Wendys – “Like Hearts”
7. Bell Hollow – “Contact”
8. Veil Veil Vanish – “Forever Again”
9. Me You Us Them – “Back Up Slow”
10. Autodrone – “Let It Go”
11. We Float – “Persona Solara”
12. Soft Tags – “Infection”
13. Roman Numerals – “One Thousand Five”
14. The Upsidedown – “Glide, Screamer”
15. Helvetia – “Something Difficult”
16. Swann Danger – “Artificial Heart Designer”
17. Sleepmask – “Before We Are”
18. The Suffocation Keep – “Love Zero”
8/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silver Factory Studios
8/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (w/Built to Spill)
8/25 – San Diego, CA @ Radio Room
8/26 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up (w/Built to Spill)
The story of The Prids begins innocently enough. Somewhere in Missouri in March of 1995, Mistina Keith (bass, vocals) saw David Frederickson (guitar, vocals) lead a so-so pop band through a set of songs at a house party. Always the smooth talker, Mistina convinced David to leave the band he was fronting, visit a pawn shop with her and buy some cheap guitars so that they could start their own band, even though she had never played an instrument in her life.
While they figured out how to master their instruments, they listened to the likes of The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Unrest, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Heavenly and began writing songs together. The Prids, whose moniker derives from a nickname David had for Mistina, was born.
The two left Missouri after a few years, bouncing around the backwaters of Midwest scenes in Lincoln and Omaha before finally settling in Portland, Oregon in the late ‘90s.
David and Mistina continued writing songs together, releasing the Duracraft and Glide, Screamer EPs in 2000 and 2002 and their debut LP, Love Zero in 2003. Somewhere in between, the two fell in love, got married and divorced. Like other songwriting couples before them, they continued creating music together and today remain the best of friends.
Drummer Joey Maas joined the band in 2005 and in 2006, The Prids released their second full length, …Until the World is Beautiful. The album nailed down the heart-bursting reverie of their live show, an experience matched by few. With a hypnotic and commanding sound full of lush, pounding rhythms, the record was an exponential build on all the things David and Mistina had been affected by in rock ‘n’ roll – music that is drunk on sadness, finds beauty in letting go and keeps hope alive when things fall apart. In 2007, The Prids released their Something Difficult EP and a year later, keyboardist Maile Tarries joined the group, completing their current lineup.
In April 2009, Dots to Connect, a Prids tribute album was released. A Place to Bury Strangers, The Upsidedown, The Suffocation Keep and 15 other bands all contributed their covers of Prids’ songs for the record.
Back in the studio, The Prids are currently working on new material for a fall release. If their prior work is any indication of what’s to come for this dynamic four piece, we are all in for a treat.
David Frederickson (guitar/vocals)
Mistina Keith (bass/vocals)
Maile Tarries (keyboards)
Joey Maas (drums)