If you make an indie-rock album and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch shows up, the battle is half-won right there. Martsch sings and plays guitar on “In the Fall” from the Prids' new album, Chronosynclastic, and his BTS bandmate Brett Nelson lends keyboards to “When I Look.” That's no fluke: The cult Portland, Ore., band has made fans of A Place to Bury Strangers, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and even Henry Rollins. When a disastrous 2008 tour-van crash injured members of the Prids and others traveling with them, fellow musicians came out of the woodwork to appear on a benefit tribute album. Such is the respect the band has accrued since forming in 1995. Led by now-divorced couple David Frederickson and Mistina La Fave, the Prids have survived to see members, home cities, and labels come and go. But Chronosynclastic succeeds without the survivor backstory: It's noisy, dreamy, guitar-led indie rock that's distinctly '90s in the best sense. Another Portland act, Soft Tags, is touring with the Prids behind a new double album, Mathematical Monsters. It's a lo-fi, folk-damaged analogue to Chronosynclastic, relishing the classics while contributing something new to the canon.
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