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The Prids perform Saturday night at the Bourbon Theatre. They are, from left, Lee Zeman, David Fredrickson, Mistina La Fave and Maile Arruda. (Courtesy photo)

Four 7-inch singles. Three LPs. Three EPs. Two compilations. One soundtrack and a delaminated rear tire.

"It sent the back of the vehicle spinning around wildly. It still had air in it, just no tread," recalls The Prids singer David Frederickson. "Everything went black. I was knocked unconscious. One minute I was fighting to regain control of this machine, and the next I'm outside and my ears are bleeding."

While touring to Los Angeles in the summer of 2008, Portland's DIY darlings, The Prids, lost control of their van - "We've been on so many tours it was bound to happen" - and rolled the vehicle several times. Although a terrifying accident, Frederickson said their near-death experience freed them from their previous self-constraint.

"Because we came so close to death, we just feel like we don't have to set boundaries," Frederickson said. "We're more open to trying anything. We're more whimsical."

That freedom is evident on "Chronosynclastic," their first full-length album since the wreck, released June 11. Although their characteristic "upbeat melancholy" sound, as Frederickson describes it, is intact, The Prids paid less attention to the boundaries of genre.

"It's the culmination of everything I've ever been into. Our previous efforts have been more genre focused, and this is less so I think," Frederickson said. "When I write songs, I write all kinds, but only certain songs make it. Others I just record for myself. This time around we were less concerned if we heard something different. We just let them be."

"Chronosynclastic" also features a number of special guests, including Built to Spill's Doug Marstch.

"That's another difference with this album. We just wanted it to be really fun and add new dimensions," Frederickson said. "Doug was on tour, and he stopped in. We thought he'd give us a few hours. He spent eight hours going over his guitar part and making it perfect."

Although Saturday's stop at the Bourbon Theatre is just one of many on their tour, it's also a return home. Drummer Lee Zeman is a Lincoln native, and Frederickson and singer Mistina La Fave lived in Lincoln for almost a year between their move from The Prids' roots in Missouri to their current digs in Portland.

"There's a lot of people who love him (Zeman) there. I'm excited," Frederickson said.

Reach Carson Vaughan at features@journalstar.com.

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