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Indie group sets sights on overseas tour

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A week before going on tour, Mistina La Fave is trying to keep her cool.

“We’ve got so much to do and I’m the only one who is keeping up with it,” she says during a recent phone interview. “We all have other jobs, so it’s a difficult balance.”

La Fave, along with David Frederickson, Lee Zeman and Maile Arruda, make up the post-punk band The Prids. While most people haven’t heard of the band, La Fave says it has been making music since 1995 and has toured the country many times.

The Prids
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
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“We still enjoy what we do,” she says. “It’s looking like this will be our last tour in the States for a while because we’ve toured it so many times. We’re going to start looking to book shows overseas and do that for awhile.”

La Fave and Frederickson met in 1995 in St. Joseph, Mo. and started the band. (The duo later married and divorced.)

“David and I wanted to do something different and we have made our own type of music since,” she says. “That’s what we’re most proud of. We’ve managed to keep our sound in tact.”

Part of the reason The Prids have been successful with creative control is the band’s do-it-yourself work ethic. They record their music at a home recording studio and book their own tours. La Fave says the band also runs its own record label, This-a-Way Records.

“The label is basically musicians helping each other out,” she says. “There are no contracts for the bands to sign. We are there more as a reference point for others. We share our knowledge and help the bands get out there.”

The Prids have released three EPs and three full-length albums. Their latest is 2010’s “Chronosynclastic.”

“We have fun writing, and over the years as we’ve added members the process has become more collaborative,” she says. “It represents who we are to a greater degree now.”

La Fave says she’s always been a fan of music and was inspired by music very early.

“I always loved the connection that music can make,” she says. “Sometimes it’s very humbling to have your words influence a fan.”

As for the band’s current tour, La Fave says they are playing one new song in the set.

“We don’t have a name for it yet. I tend to call it ‘Unconditional Love’ but no one seems to get it,” she says. “Since it’s new, we haven’t played it a lot and the other night I totally messed it up. I was lucky to recover quickly to where no one really noticed. That’s the plus to have done music for so long.”

After the band’s current tour, La Fave says a recording session will follow and they hope to have an album out by next spring.

“We’re going to focus on playing more festivals,” she says. “By doing that, we probably won’t be as stressed as we are. Touring takes a toll on you and we have been doing it for almost 20 years.”

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