Live music has a new home in Astoria. The historic Columbian Theater rocks out with Portland's The Prids, Astoria teen band FireBrand and Hubert K'nubee, a Seattle DJ, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16.
Headlining the night are The Prids, recent openers for Built To Spill. The Prids' cool dark underground pop sound is led by the ex-husband and wife team of David Frederickson (guitar, vocals) and Mistina Keith (bass, vocals), with Eric Hold on keyboards and Joey Maas on drums. They are coming to town with their new album that was released nationally July 11 through NYC's Five03 Records. "Until the World Is Beautiful" is a follow-up to the band's 2003 debut LP, "Love Zero." Nailing down the heart-bursting experience of a Prids' live show, the band's latest record is an exponential build on all the things Frederickson and Keith have been affected by in rock 'n' roll - music that is drunk on sadness, finds beauty in letting go and keeps hope alive when things fall apart. Built on the foundations of obscure British post-punk (The Sound, early Wire, Comsat Angels), "Until the World Is Beautiful" hits square in the chest. Seething keyboards, chiming guitars, fuzzed-out, melodic basslines and hushed guy/girl vocals all buzz together to tug at the deeper roots of loss and living as hard as possible.
Opening the night up will be Astoria's own FireBrand. Combining the hot lead guitar of rockabilly, the chaotic harmony of punk, rolling ska bass and ska punk, FireBrand is sure to get this night started. The band, created a few years ago, has played many shows in the Clatsop County area including one of the raucous NWPunks shows at the Eagles Lodge. Band members are Nick Matson, Kurt Long and Alex Whitaker.
Keeping the pace going from beginning to end will be Hubert K'nubee, a DJ from Seattle. K'nubee hails originally from upstate New York, then moved to Philadelphia before landing in Seattle. K'nubee will be keeping the crowd happy with his mixing of "solomaledubfolkishroll'swhorockareggaesoulfunkhip-hopish" beats.
This is an all-ages event. Beer and wine will be served in the balcony for those older than 21. Tickets are $6 at the door and $5 if purchased in advance at Christie's Mallternative, a buy-sell-trade store at 1167 Marine Drive. The event is sponsored by TLC Federal Credit Union. For more information, e-mail Heidie Johnson through www.AstoriaHideouts.com