Mistina La Fave, bassist for the Prids, hospitalized with subarachnoid brain hemorrhage


Less than three weeks away from what would have been a triumphant 20th anniversary show, Portland, Ore., post-punk band the Prids have experienced another tragedy. Bassist and founding member Mistina La Fave was hospitalized Friday night by what the band has revealed as a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, and is currently in neuro critical care in an Oregon hospital.

Fortunately, La Fave is reportedly “doing well” and currently in stable condition.

The band announced that their planned 20th anniversary show (April 9) and upcoming full-length album have been postponed as La Fave receives medical treatment.


Here is their statement, posted to their Facebook page late Sunday night:

For those who haven’t been contacted personally, we wanted to offer an update.

Early Friday Morning Mistina was brought to St. Vincent’s here in Portland with what is called a Sub Arachnoid Brain Hemorrhage. She is currently in Neuro Critical Care, Stable and doing well. Sadly, this will mean the delay of the 20th Anniversary show as well as the planned full length.


Currently, Mistina is surrounded by loved ones and getting the best care available. We will be posting ways to show love and offer support soon. As always with The Prids you can knock us down but you can’t take us out. Expect to hear more in the future.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time tragedy has affected the Prids.

In 2008, the band was involved in a serious tour van accident near Fresno, California, injuring all four of its members and two of their significant others. La Fave suffered a concussion, while guitarist/vocalist David Frederickson broke his collar-bone and ribs, and received six staples in his head. With help of a 2009 tribute album organized by A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackerman, friends and fans of the band raised $16,000 for medical costs and to help them replace their music gear, which was all destroyed in the accident.

More information on La Fave’s recent health issue as it becomes available. Listen to some of our favorite Prids songs — and there are many — via YouTube below.



The flyer for their 20th anniversary show at Portland’s Doug Fir…