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Seismic Interview: David Frederickson of The Prids

August 30, 2010
 
So alot has happened between the last album and Chronosynclastic . Do you believe in the ole cliche that “Everything happens for a reason” or is that utter bullshit?
 I think it’s utter bullshit, the idea that everything happens for a reason is a luxury, a logic of comfort. I’m not going to accept that children starving to death has some cosmic reasoning attached to it. In fact, I think the people that suggest such a thing are assholes.
 
Is the recording process more personal every time you walk in the studio to do a new one….or is it just easier?
It definitely gets easier each time, mainly because we can better avoid the mistakes that we’ve made in the past. Hopefully you’ve grown as a writer and you’re a better player. We’re still at the point where we have more ideas than the last time. I’ll start to worry when we reach the point where we start having fewer ideas.
 
I am sure you have heard or read about these other bands who have lost members due to accidents with their vehicles while touring lately…..I mean despite everything….it must really make you think and hit close to home?
 I definitely think about our own accident when I hear about it happening to others. But I also think about it everyday and the funny thing is, I don’t think about it or look back on it with any regret. I would say surviving that accident gave everyone a very clear understanding of what they wanted to do with their life. Of course, if anyone had perished that day, I would regret that accident, but fortunately that wasn’t the case.
 
Did that accident change the dynamics of the band in anyway?
 No, I couldn’t say that it changed the dynamics, but when you go through something like that together, it must strengthen whatever shared focus there was in the first place.
 
How important is checking tires before going on the road?? (laughs)..sorry.
Start with all new tires, get them checked and rotated often. Make it part of the regimen, just like you would changing your oil.
 
So chronosynclastic is a pretty heavy scientific term….How did you come up with the title of the album?
 I stole it from Kurt Vonnegut, out of his book Sirens of Titan. Mistina and I are both really big fans of his and especially that particular book.
 
The newer stuff certainly has a bit of a softer edge to it, but still translates so beautifully. It seems like the band has really relaxed and feels at ease with the journey The Prids are on.
I can’t say that we made any effort to be softer but we did go into it without any preconceived notions about how this record should sound, how the songs should be recorded or if it fits in with the genre we’re supposed to be in.
 
The album is getting some great reviews…..do they honestly effect you? I would think judgement as a whole must be troublesome, or have you become jaded and indifferent?
 I don’t think it’s one or the other. I don’t think you either care or you’re jaded. At this point, you just hope that people write about it at all. To be honest, I don’t really care what a particular journalist thinks of my album. I can only hope to be relevant enough for them to give a shit. In contrast, I care very deeply about the people that come to our shows and what they think of our performance and our music. We definitely don’t lug all of our heavy equipment into a club in Scottsdale, AZ because we don’t care.
 
It seems as though The Prids are becoming a bit iconic in a sense of bands comparing themselves to you…how does that make you feel?
By iconic are you implying that I’m old? But seriously, it feels good. One of the things that Mistina and I always strived to do was to be sincere and be respectable. So for people to compare themselves to us makes me feel like we’ve accomplished that.
 
You moved from the midwest aways back, do you like whats going on musically in the scene in Portland or in the PNW in general?
The scene in Portland is so big, there are so many bands. Everyone you meet has one. You’re bound to find something that you like and if you haven’t, you’re just not going out enough. I can’t tell you about the whole region though. I can’t comment on the bands coming out of Puyallup or Spokane.
 
Doug Martsch of Built to Spill guests on “In The Fall“…working with people you admire must be inspiring?
I first started listening to Doug when he was in the Tree People when I was 18 years old (you’re just gonna have to trust me when I say that was a long time ago) and I’ve been a fan and have been collecting his records ever since. So yes, having him sitting in my home studio playing guitar on one of our songs is one of the better things that has happened to me.
 
The Prids story is kind of a movie in the making..I mean you guys have had quite a ride and alot of intriguing history…..who would direct and star in the film of The Prids?
 I would be played by the guy from Twilight. Mistina will be played by Jeremy Piven and it will be directed by Michael Bay. It will only be available for viewing in 3D IMAX.
 
Feeling proud of The Prids right now?
I try not to get proud of things. Every time I think about the stupidest things I’ve ever done, I can always trace it back to a moment of pride. I love this band and I love our new record.
 
Mistina is a “friend” on Facebook, and she mentioned something about a tour? I Know you did some touring in June and July? You gonna hit the road again..maybe hit Seattle???? We just got back from doing a few shows in California and we have another national tour lined up in October. I’m not sure if there is a Seattle date but I definitely want to get back there, it has been a while.
 
Plans for the band in the future, or living in the moment?
I think we have more of a plan than ever before and Jeff Cloud at Velvet Blue Music has a lot to do with that.
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