The Prids – “Mangled” This-a-Way Records
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The Prids – “Mangled” This-a-Way Records – Official Music Video
Artist city, country: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Artist Biography: ‘Do I Look Like I’m in Love?’, the new full-length from The Prids, illustrates the Portland dark pop band’s mettle through keen lyrical observations, but also in its attention to sonic detail and song craft—this record couldn’t have been made by any other band at any other time.
The fact that there’s even a new Prids record is a miracle. In March of 2015 bassist-vocalist Mistina La Fave suffered a brain hemorrhage the night before the band was scheduled to enter the studio. The recovery was physically and mentally taxing, and La Fave is lucky to be alive, let alone playing and performing again. The Prids’ 22 years have been marked with death, sickness, divorce, and a near-fatal van crash that cut a tour short and left members bloody and broken—but they survive through the friendship and bond of founding members La Fave and guitarist-vocalist David Frederickson. While those events have invariably made their way into the band’s narrative, the two simply chalk it up to life.
They met in La Fave’s small hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1995, not long after Frederickson had moved there from Southern California. They started a relationship (they divorced in 2001, not long after they married), formed The Prids, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, before settling in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. In that time they’ve released four full-lengths and a trail of EPs, toured all over the world, while gaining the respect of bands throughout Portland for their tenacity and longevity (The Prids are one of the longest-running active bands in the city). They continue to make music for the right reasons—with or without a label, for themselves. A few years ago they brought in drummer Gordon Nickel and multi-instrumentalist Tim Yates, their sturdiest lineup to date. These four individuals are what make ‘Do I Look Like I’m in Love?’ such a special record.
Throughout it all The Prids have remained completely DIY (the band even launched its own label/artist collective This-a-Way Records in 1996). Their videos and album art are as brilliantly conceived as the music itself. And in 2017 the Prids are playing with the same ardor they did 20 years ago. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and this band is the embodiment of that.
Director Name: Tim Yates
About the Video: From a cancelled 8-bit platform game, The Prids must be freed from their evil sadness, which has turned them into monstrous bosses of a surreal land. Your protagonist is randomly generated during the opening menu sequence: a nameless and gender-neutral every-person (they wear a shirt featuring the non-binary flag for most of the video). Your choices for how to defeat the various baddies are always non-violent, from simply sprinting to offering up vegan tacos. Some of the enemies also behave in ways inspired by the struggles of LGBTQ people; one-eyed pyramid creatures representing harmful religious doctrine, and knights of solid stone with scrolls symbolizing unjust and rigid legislation, for example. Watch it a few times to see if you can catch all the Easter eggs
Artist Website: http://www.theprids.com
Label Name: This-a-Way Records
Label Website: http://www.thisawayrecords.com
Song Lyrics: “Mangled”
Mangled hearts created by a tongue that didn’t mean it
Notes swell from hands misleading
Time jerks and crashes you into
The place to go
Where no one knows
It’s you who’s killing me
Smart girls getting faded
Broken vow and England’s shaken
Sugarpills might fuel this lifeline
But that dulled ache still takes you to the place I’ll be
Where no one sees it’s you who rests in me
Mangled hearts can’t break
The damage done, saves
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