The universal pop-music theme of love takes on intensely personal meaning for Portland, Oregon's Prids. Guitarist/vocalist David Frederickson and bassist/ vocalist Mistina Keith founded the band after meeting, falling in love and wandering around the Midwest in the mid-'90s. They were soon married and -- not too much later -- divorced. In spite of the denouement of their romantic relationship, Frederickson and Keith continued living together and making music after a move to the great Northwest. In collaboration with keyboardist Eric Hold and drummer Joey Maas, the erstwhile lovers created their sophomore release, Until the World Is Beautiful,a tour de force of dark, tortured longing, with a sound that walks the Wire between Joy Division and the Cure like a black-clad Catherine Deneuve. Driven by Keith's rubber-band bass lines, Frederickson's twanging guitar drones and the pair's wonderfully tense, exquisitely angst-ridden vocals, the Prids let their broken hearts bleed as they draw upon thirty years of post-punk, goth and new wave to create a riveting, slashed-wrists-on-the-dance-floor melodrama.
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