Poetic Memory: The Prids (List)

Over the course of their career, The Prids have released a slew of excellent records. But it wasn’t until this year — when the rural Missourians released Chronosynclastic — that things really got going.

Chronosynclastic is about experience, and Prids primaries David Frederickson and Mistina La Fave have plenty of it. Their tumultuous relationship has taken them from love to marriage to divorce but, all the while, they’ve kept the band alive. That hard-won balance between harmony and conflict is reflected in their songwriting.

Sometimes dark, other times steeped in joy, but always surprising, Chronosynclastic‘s melodies, boy/girl vocals, and addictive hooks make this band an underrated gem of 2010.

In the midst of their current U.S. tour, La Fave sent us a list of ten songs that comprise her Poetic Memory. The band doesn’t have any San Diego dates on the schedule, but we hope they’ll come back soon. Mistina’s Poetic Memory, a video for The Prids’ song “Break,” and a full list of tour dates are below.

10 Songs, by Mistina La Fave

1. “Last Caress” by The Misfits: Making vile lyrics sound somehow romantic is brilliance.

2. “Motor Away” by Guided By Voices: When David and I first heard this, it was an instant classic to forever remind us of a great time in 90s music. A feeling of being youthful and reckless.

3. “Homeboy” by Adorable: Toms and bass beginning a song. We approve.

4. “I Never Wanted You” by David Bazan: Brutal honesty as therapy.

5. “Keep Slipping Away” by A Place To Bury Strangers: By now you can see we’re infatuated with the romance in sadness.

6. “Get Out” by Lookbook: A really impressive live band. The guitar player is some sort of pedal master.

7. “Elms” by Soft Tags: Dark acoustic music that goes well with a bitter Pacific NW IPA. And the singer is a snappy dresser! You can always tell how serious a man is by his choice in footwear.

8. “Higher Then The Stars” by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Kip may have moved back East but he obviously couldn’t shake the rainy weather sound. Adore this EP.

9. “Up the Down Escalator” by The Chameleons: Bass players as singers are the best. When I heard this band for the first time, they were instantly in my top 5 favorite bands ever.

10. “Losers” by We Miss The Earth: You get a lot of CDs handed to you on tour. This is the best band that ever gave me a CD. I loved it so much I made the singer be my boyfriend. 🙂

Video for “Break,” by The Prids

The Prids on tour
10/02 – Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s (Lincoln Calling Festival)
10/04 – Chicago, IL – Darkroom
10/06 – Columbus, OH – Carabar
10/08 – Brooklyn, NY – Spike Hill
10/09 – Manhattan, NY – The Delancey
10/10 – Manhattan, NY (Mistina DJ’s at Home Sweet Home)
10/13 – Atlanta, GA – 529
10/15 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill- Record Release!
10/15 – St. Joseph, MO – Club 107
10/16 – Kansas City, MO – Crosstown Station
10/17 – Norman, OK – Opolis
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
10/20 – Boise, ID – Visual Arts Collective

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