"The Prids' "Do I Look Like I'm in Love?" is a brazen throwback masterpiece...
With guitar tones ripped from the C86 compilation and shamelessly lovelorn lyrics, it’s no wonder the Prids have been likened to 1980s gloom-pop titans the Cure and the Smiths.
"Do I Look Like I’m In Love? walks a shadowy line between post-punk, shoegaze, and dark pop, driven by the crisp rhythms of drummer Gordon Nickel and draped in the hazy atmosphere created by keyboardist Tim Yates. Songs like “English Treasure” crescendo steadily into a dusky swirl of guitars, while the buzzy, breathy “Lie Here” bops along at new wave’s pace. Always in place: Frederickson and La Fave’s unison vocals and a sense of drama that’s missing from so much indie rock these days.
"For a band that has created magnificently sincere, dark noise pop since the mid 1990s, Chronosynclastic is filled with concise, near-heroic blasts of melodic 90s American fuzz guitar that wouldn't sound entirely out of place on a Built To Spill, Dirty-era Sonic Youth, Guided By Voices or early Helium release. But it's Mistina + David's often co-sung vocals, delivered with a heartfelt severity, that remain at the core of these songs' power. It feels at once like the best, most affecting aspects of what they've accomplished and a fresh start, with the band curtailing its Goth/New Wave fetishism and, with a renewed sense of purpose, harvesting every ounce of emotional impact and loveliness out of these ten songs.
"Chronosynclastic succeeds without the survivor backstory: It's noisy, dreamy, guitar-led indie rock that's distinctly '90s in the best sense.
- San Francisco Weekly
"If nothing else, The Prids qualify as the indie-rock band whose story is most likely to be made into a Lifetime movie.
- Buzz Bands LA
"I remember the first time I saw the Prids. I had heard a couple of their songs and thought they were great, but was blown away by the power and intensity of their live show. I was completed enraptured by their set. They are one of the best bands I think I have ever seen and they write some of the best songs I have ever heard. They are continually on my list of shows to go to and albums to get my hands on.
- Oliver Ackermann - A Place To Bury Strangers
"The Prids are not only a really good band but they are also very nice people. They are what is good about independent music. They are getting out there and bringing a unique and worthwhile thing to their audience, this is what it's all about.
- Henry Rollins
"At first I thought The Prids are great cuz they rock so hard, especially Mistina's physical bass playing. Then I got into the way she and David sing together. But after a few year and records I realized that what makes them really special is that they write good songs--lyrically, melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically good songs.
- Doug Martsch - Built to Spill
"The fact that the Prids are not a household name is baffling to me. From the opening notes of 'Back Up Slow', the first Prids song I heard, I fell in love with this band. Not only do they write great songs, a dying art, but they execute them brilliantly time after time. In a world full of disposable music, the Prids rise above and prove once again that good music is timeless and deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.
- Scott Ford - Twilight Singers
"The best thing in the musician world is loving a band's music and meeting them and finding out they are not only wonderful people but forming a long lasting friendship with them. Beautiful people making beautiful music isn't as common as you might think it's a rarity and I am glad The Prids will still fill the world with theirs.
- Brett Nelson - Built to Spill
"The Prids are inspirational. There is no disconnect between the beauty of their music and their character. Whether its their fiercely DIY values, an aesthetic that fuses the ferocity of punk with a harrowing dark romanticism, or their generosity in playing countless benefit shows, they have always stood for something greater than themselves or their songs. They have lived and made music in a way that is fearless and flawless.
- Kip Berman - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart