MsS: June 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I can't believe what I'm thinking about you

I've spoken about The Prids a few times on here, and I'm happy to say that the release of their new album is just a few weeks away! Until the World is Beautiful will be released on NYCs Five03 Records on July 11th. For those of you who didn't get the memo, the Prids are a four piece out of Portland, OR. They're a little indie, a little new wave, a little post punk, and a lot more than amazing. At the heart of this band is the undeniable musical chemistry between guitarist David Frederickson and bassist Mistina Keith who have been writing songs together longer than most people stay friends. The melodic dance between these two is something that most bands can only dream of one day attaining. Not only do the Prids have it but they make it better, fuller, and more interesting with each new song they create.

I've been listening to The Prids for a few years now and I'm still just as excited about them as I was when I found Love Zero on the heavy rotation shelf at WUOG. My friend Drew told me that they were a band I should definitely keep an eye on because they were sure to do great things. And he was right.

The Prids are going to tour heavily this summer in support of their new record and if you are reading this, I expect you to go out and see them. I've seen them a couple of times now and their live show is truly breathtaking. You'll be sure to hear (and see) why Mistina is my favorite bass player.

Here are a couple of tunes from The Prids. There are a lot more on their website so if you like this small sample, feel free to listen to more. Five03 Records will also be re-releasing the Prids' debut album Love Zero so you can look forward to that as well.

The Prids- Love Zero (from Love Zero)
The Prids- Shadow & Shadow (from Shadow & Shadow 7")
The Prids- Let It Go (from Let It Go 7")
Check out the Prids' video for the song "Let It Go." It's all kinds of awesome.

The Prids' official site
The Prids on Myspace

The Prids on Tour (check the bands myspace page for the most up to date tour calendar.)

July 8- Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle, WA)
July 14- CD Release Party (Portland, OR)
July 15- The Comet Tavern (Seattle, WA)
July 16- Columbian Theatre (Astoria, OR)
July 20- The Starry Plough (Berkley, CA)
July 22- The Hemlock tavern (San Francisco, CA)
July 23- The Hard to find Showspace (Goleta, CA)
July 24- The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles, CA)
July 25- The Joint (Los Angeles, CA)
July 28- Plush (Tuscon, AZ)
July 29- Burt's Tiki Lounge (Albuquerque, NM)
August 2- Opolis (Norman, OK)
August 3- The Doublewide (Dallas, TX)
August 4- Rubber Gloves (Denton, TX)
August 8- Supper Happy Fun Land (Houston, TX)
August 11- Caledonia (Athens, GA)
August 12- Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
August 14- The Soapbox (Wilmington, NC)
August 15- The Wetlands (Chapel Hill, NC)
August 16- DC9 (Washington, DC)
August 24- Southpaw (Brooklyn, NY)
August 26- Annex (New York, NY)
August 30- Alchemize (Cincinnati, OH)
August 31- Rhino's (Bloomington, IN)
September 4- Vaudville Mews (Des Moines, IA)
September 8- Record Bar (Kansas City, MO)
September 14- Duffy's Lincoln Calling Festival (Lincoln, NE)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

It's enough for me to think that's the way you feel

I wrote about Aviator last year, and posted their song Villain, which still sounds so amazing to me. I've been listening to it a lot lately, and it's one of those songs that when you hear it, you want everyone else to hear it too.

Aviator is singer/guitarist/keyboardist Hilary Yarbrough, guitarist Casey Yarbrough, bassist Robert Heublein and drummer Harry Baxley. Casey and Hilary were members of another Atlanta band called The Rolling Sixties. Robert and Harry played in 1000 Fires. When those two bands went on hiatus, and Robert and Harry heard that Casey and Hilary were looking for a rythym section for their new side project, Aviator was born.

Because the members of Aviator come from different musical backgrounds, each brings something unique to the band. Hilary's vocals, reminiscent of Ambulette's Maura Davis, completes their sound, and I can already tell that the lyrics she sings are going to be on the lips of many.

Aviator recently released a split 7" with Parade, another fantastic Atlanta band. Penelope Shoes is Parade's offering to the split, and its a hypnotic song with very haunting, dreamy vocals. Stickfigure has the 7" for sale. $4. Yeah, it almost seems too good to be true.

I expect great things from both of these bands in the future. I look forward to a full length album from Aviator (you guys are going to make an album right?) and I'm currently enjoying A Red Button, Parade's album that I picked up at Criminal Records when I was in Atlanta. If you get a chance to see either of these bands live, go, and tell me how awesome they were.

Parade- Penelope Shoes (from A Red Button)
[psst..I totally have that plaid coat. hehe]

Aviator plays Lenny's 9. So if you're reading this, and you're in Atlanta, you should probably leave right now.

Parade show dates:
June 24 - Tasty World/Athfest (Athens, GA)
July 13 - SoHo (Columbus, GA)
July 22 - Vinyl (Atlanta, GA)
August 1 - Live in the Lobby (WUOG, Athens, GA)

Aviator on Myspace

Parade's website
Parade on Myspace