are among the few bands associated with Nebraska that aren't haunted by the shadow of Omaha indie-fairy-dust sprinklers Saddle Creek. Of course, the all-vegan quartet now lives in Portland, Oregon, so 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 postpunk and Joy Division. But the Prids' overcast vibe makes more sense after you read their Web site bio (found at www.theprids.com
), which reveals some of their influences namely, gothy UK cult faves the Sound, the Comsat Angels and art-punk maven Wire.