The Prids are one of the few bands associated with Nebraska that aren't haunted by the shadow of Omaha indie-fairy-dust-sprinklers Saddle Creek. Of course, since the all-vegan quartet now lives in Portland, Oregon, it has some distance from its heartland roots and appears more comfortable in its dark-wave skin than ever. On albums such as 2003's Love Zero and this year's sweetly melancholic Until the World Is Beautiful, taut drumming, humming-drill riffs and dusky synths collide somewhere between droning post-punk and Joy Division. But the Prids' under-cloud-cover vibe makes more sense after their Web site bio (found at theprids.com) reveals who some of their influences are namely, gothy U.K. cult faves the Sound and Comsat Angels, and art-punk mavens Wire.
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