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Song of the day – 280: Pris

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“Songwriting is for losers” – Cat Gordon, Pris

This is so fucking NICE!

One great way of judging music is thus: “Are the band having way more fun than me? Do I wanna go get stupid inebriated amnesiac with them? Do I want to fool-dance manically down the front and trip over BANG among the drum pedals?” Are they the anti-Daisy Lowe? The anti-Tori Amos? The anti-Kings OF FUCKING LEON? Do they perform in their underwear? ARE THEY HAVING MORE FUN THAN THE OTHER 50,000 PEOPLE IN THE ROOM COMBINED? Yes, yes yes!

I knew nothing about London four-piece – they like to pretend they’re a three-piece in most of the photographs, but I’m guessing that’s cos they’ve got a bloke drummer – Pris 10 minutes ago, but now I have a delirious major pop crush on them. Their music is reasonably straight spunky indie, but with fucking tons of energy and some snarky lyrics and a real attitude problem… all major pluses, my friends. All major pluses. They create homemade videos that flicker, and understand beauty is not to be gained using other people’s measures. Trust me on this. This is really fucking good. Catch them now. The NME will be all over them in three months time if they haven’t already accepted the Converse dollar and gone the Vice route.

Pris have the innate good sense to picture-drop Blondie, and quote Marilyn Monroe (or is it Kurt Cobain?): “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely stupid. And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I am already better than them…”

There’s a touch of early Manic Street Preachers, and Shampoo, about them somewhere. And OF COURSE Courtney, back when she was fun.

12 Responses to Song of the day – 280: Pris

  1. Mattya February 13, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Are you kidding??? I saw them supporting the Manic Street Preachers in Wales and they’re the genuinely worst band I’ve EVER seen!!! I’m not the only one who thinks this review is a joke either!!!

    http://www.foreverdelayed.org.uk/forum/showthread.php?p=2208366#post2208366

  2. Andy February 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Mattya, whatever they were like supporting the Manics (and I didn’t see that) – trust me they are awesome now and growing by leaps and bounds. I first saw them in January and have now seen a couple of gigs and they do ROCK! Great songs, great stage presence – as Everett says, catch them before they get HUGE! They are playing Monday night at an Alternative Valentine Gig in Camden, and that tells you all you need to know about their cool persona! 😉 Come along and try Pris! – treat yourself! You won’t regret it!

  3. Jennifer February 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    They might have a good stage presence but have you listened to that video above.
    It sounds like some kind of cheap karaoke night.
    Come on it’s not great??

  4. last year's girl February 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Oh, whatever, I think this is cute as fuck.

  5. Shalom February 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

    99.9% of those slagging off pris at the Newport gig came from a certain posionous manics forum, which should have been shut a long time ago.

    Not content with comparing who is more depressed, who has more scars etc etc, they’ve found a new hate. If a band isn’t the Manics, then they’re not good.

    Well…NEWSFLASH …Get over it guys! Pris are having more fun than YOU!!
    and will continue to do so! 😀

  6. simon February 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    that first youtube vid is pretty great

  7. Dan February 15, 2011 at 12:19 am

    First video: are they singing “Blu-Tac was my biggest love?”

  8. Caleb February 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Everett, you were right on the money with their influences. See our interview (credit where credit is due):

    http://www.webcutsmusic.com/features/2011/who-the-hell-are-pris/

  9. DC March 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I don’t know how true this is (info passed to me by a friend of the lead singer, Cat) but one of the reasons the MSP Richiettes were all hot & bothered about Pris opening for MSP is because REST OF COMMENT REMOVED

    Anyway, Pris are a great, promising band. I hear a less jangly/swoony Primitives/Darling Buds in there, also.

  10. Bill March 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    PRIS have only been around for a few short months before the Manics gig in Newport. Were the Manics ‘musically that great’ when they first started, surely its as much about attitude, style, ideas as it is the music sometimes?It certainly was for the Manics in the early days. Also PRIS have GOT ALOT better and going by the glamour, tunes and lyrics of the new recordings I think you’ll be hearing alot more from PRIS including airplay on six music as part of Nicky Wire’s play list yesterday! I think if you like Kenicki, Shampoo, and early Manics you should give PRIS a fair hearing before totally dismissing them(for whatever reason). Because after all every band I’ve seen support the Manics has been slagged off and that includes bigger acts like Ian Brown and Gorkys, mainly because Manics fans go to a Manics gig to see the Manics. Simples.

  11. Charlotte May 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Who gives a shit what they sound like ? They look amazing, have sexy savvy style and their twitter feed is a f*ckin laugh a minute.

  12. TheLastHeretic July 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

    How can someone have no gigs and no fans yet support the Manics?
    Plus why not link to this site instead of deadspace http://www.prisoff.co.uk/

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